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Top 10 ways to use Borax

Ways to Use Borax

Have you ever used Borax before? I’ve only been using it recently after a friend told me to use it to clean carpet stains, but I’m amazed at just how many things this amazing product can do!

Borax is most often used as a laundry booster, but it’s extremely versatile and effective as a household cleaner.

Here are some interesting facts about Borax:

  • Natural deodorizer
  • Detergent booster
  • Stain remover
  • Safe for all machines
  • HE compatible

Top 10 uses for Borax

  1. Mix together 1 tablespoon of borax ad 2 cups of very warm water in a spray bottle and use an all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Keep ants and roaches away by mixing equal parts borax and sugar, and sprinkling it where the bugs are getting in.
  3. Keep mice out of your home by sprinkling some borax on the floor along the wall.
  4. Eliminate bed bugs by sprinkling some borax on your mattress, let it sit for an hour, then vacuuming it up.
  5. Clean your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Allow to sit for an hour, then flush it with hot water.
  6. Clean extra dirty pots & pans by mixing 1 teaspoon borax with a bit of warm water and scrubbing with cloth or sponge.
  7. Mix together 1/4 cup borax and 1 cup water very well, then pour on carpet stains. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then scrub clean.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of borax in your dishwasher to help remove water spots on your dishes.
  9. Add about 1/3 cup borax to your toilet bowl, scrub with a toilet brush, and then flush to completely clean your toilet without chemicals.
  10. Clean soiled cloth diapers by soaking in a pail, filled with warm water, and 1 cup of borax. Soak for 30-40 minutes, then wash normally.

Do you use Borax in your home? What do you use it for?


  1. Heather R

    I love borax! I’ve used it to make seasonal “crystals” with my kids along with other experiment type activities I do with them. I no longer buy laundry detergent and use the recipe you posted a while back. It works great! I also use it mixed with some other ingredients to clean my kitchen and bathroom floors with. i did try using it mixed with sugar for ant killer but I found it didn’t work.

  2. MEG

    I have been using Borax in my dishwasher for nearly a year now. I just use 2 TB borax and 1 cup vinegar, my dishes are always sparkling (I have an old portable dishwasher)

  3. Josie

    We used it to make bouncy balls!

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