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It’s time to talk about the not so pretty side of maintaining your home: cleaning. Although most of us don’t like to do it, the results when you’re done leave a feeling like no other. But the truth is, sometimes it takes forever. I remember having all the time in the world to clean my home. Did I want it to take long? Absolutely not. But my point is, I had unlimited time to clean until little Oliver came along. We now find ourselves cleaning a lot during nap times and at night which gives us limited time. I needed to find a solution that would allow me to clean my home, make the transition to all natural products, and to be able to clean quickly. Don’t worry I’m spilling all my secrets today with you.
One of my go to cleaning products is 20 Mule Team® Borax. This product has endless possibilities when used in your home due to it being all natural and a multi-purpose household cleaner. You’ve probably heard about Borax being used in the laundry room, which we will talk about, but I’m excited to show you other ways it’s beneficial for most of your cleaning needs. I promise my top 10 are quick, especially when they all involve the same thing: Borax. There are plenty of images you can pin to save for later and even a free printable to add to your cleaning bucket as a quick resource guide.
My Top 10 Ways to Use Borax
1. Laundry Softener
Sometimes laundry needs an extra boost to help soften the water, remove any left over soap residue, to neutralize odors, and to enhance detergent performance. Yes, Borax can do all this! Just add 1 cup of Borax to your wash load.
2. Sink Cleaner
Combine 1 cup of Borax and 1/4 cup of lemon juice to create a paste. Use a sponge to scrub out the stains and tough spots. Rinse well with warm water. Now it’s even easier to go to bed with a clean sink.
3. Window Cleaner
Use the cleaning powers of Borax to help clean your windows. In one spray bottle, mix 2 tablespoons of Borax and 3 cups of water. Clean your windows using a cloth with this solution. Repeat with another spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar. Hello clear windows!
4. Patio Furniture Cleaner
We can’t forget the patio furniture that quickly gets dirty if we don’t pay it any attention. You’ll need a gallon of hot water with 1 tablespoon of Borax and 1 tablespoon dish detergent mixed in. Soak a sponge in the solution and wipe down your patio furniture.
5. Floor Cleaner
Did you know that Borax can also help clean floors? Surprise! No more streaks and harsh chemicals being wiped all over your floor. Mix 1/4 cup Borax, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1 squirt of dish detergent into a bucket full of hot water.
6. All Purpose Cleaner
We all need an all purpose cleaner to help clean counter tops, spills, sinks, and anything else that might need a quick clean. Mix 2 tablespoons of Borax with hot water in a spray bottle. You now have an instant all purpose cleaner.
7. Cast Iron Cleaner
We have a few cast iron skillets we use daily. The trick with these is that you can’t use dish soap or you’re going to leave the taste of soap behind. Yuck! Instead, help clean your cast iron by mixing 1 teaspoon of Borax with 1 teaspoon of salt. Spread on your cookware and scrub with a sponge.
8. Deodorize Your Trash Can
My least favorite thing to clean is the trash can but it has to be done. Borax helps clean it tremendously while keeping it smelling fresh. This one can be a little messy so take it outside. Fill your trash can with water and 1/2 cup of Borax. Give it a good stir and let it soak for 30 minutes. Rinse the trash can out, let it dry, then sprinkle Borax inside.
9. Deodorize Your Fridge
Borax also helps clean and deodorize your fridge. This can be done weekly, monthly, or however often you’d like. Mix 1 tablespoon of Borax with 1 quart of warm water. Using a damp cloth that was dipped in the Borax solution, wipe your shelves clean. Rinse any remnant residue using a cloth and cold water.
10. Soap Scum Eraser
You can find soap scum and hard water marks on just about every faucet. Erase the scum marks with the help of Borax. Pour 1 tablespoon of Borax on a damp sponge and scrub. Rinse with water when done.
These were a lot of ways to use Borax, so here’s a cheat sheet that you can print to leave on your fridge, in your cleaning bucket, or pin for future reference. Click the image below to download your copy.
Now, it’s time to grab yourself a box of Borax. You can purchase the product on Amazon or if you’re out and about, you can find Borax at your local Target on the laundry aisle with “additives”. Here’s a photo to help you out because I know we don’t have time wander around the store.
What’s your new (or old) favorite way to help clean with Borax? Hopefully I showed you a few new ways to use this all natural product within your home for a quick clean. It has seriously come to my rescue on more than one occasion. Need more inspiration? Check out how others have used Borax and even more uses by visiting Borax. Still not sure? Discover even more about Borax by watching this video.
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