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Uses for Borax in the home

Not many people are aware of Borax and its many uses in the home. We compiled a list of ways to use Borax, and why you should have at least one box in your pantry.

06/05/2018

You can purchase Borax at larger pharmacies and stores such as Makro. It's a handy and practical natural compound that has a variety of home uses. Borax is also known as Sodium Tetraborate and it is a mineral and salt. Borax is used in detergents and cosmetics such as tooth whitening products, as well as a fire retardant and anti-fugal compound, as well as being used as a texturing agent in cooking. It is relatively cheap, costing around R15 per 100g. See wikipedia for more information on Borax.

Few people are aware of the many uses for Borax in the home, so we compiled a list of ways to use Borax, and why you should have at least one box in your pantry.

Grease Fire

Borax can be used to put out small grease fires in the kitchen and small campfires that get out of control. Simply sprinkle liberally with Borax to smother the fire.

Clean Stainless Steel

When you combine Borax and lemon juice to make a thick paste, this can be used to clean stove tops and hobs, as well as to wipe down stainless steel appliances. Wipe off any residue with a soft damp cloth. If you need to remove heavy grease from an old stove, add bicarbonate of soda to the paste to wipe away grease.

Toilet Freshener

Adding a cup of Borax to your toilet every night will ensure it remains stain free and fresh. Pour into the bowl when you retire at night and flush clean in the morning.

Use this method to rinse out a smelly washing machine. Pop a quarter cup of Borax in the dispenser and run the machine on a rinse cycle to clean your washing machine - or dishwasher.

Home Sanitiser

Borax is an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to sanitise a home. Sprinkle half a cup of Borax into smelly drains and leave for an hour or two before running hot water. For blocked drains, add half a cup of Borax to boiling water and pour down the drain to remove grease blockages.

You can also use a mixture of hot water and Borax to clean tiles and fittings in a bathroom to make chrome and stainless steel shine.

Keep Ants Out

A sprinkling of Borax along troublesome areas will keep ants out. Borax is poisonous to ants. If you have a problem with ants repeatedly coming into your kitchen, use a quarter cup of Borax, half a cup of sugar and mix with a cup of warm water. Soak a few cotton balls in this and put down where ants appear. The sugar will attract the ants and they will take the solution to their nest.

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