20 Mule Team Borax Review Plus Top 5 Laundry & Cleaning Uses For It

by Taylor

I was provided a box of 20 Mule Team Borax as part of my role as a Purex Insider (both products have the same parent company, Dial), and I've been using it for a while now.


There are lots of uses for this product, for both laundry and cleaning in your home.

In fact, many of the uses are listed on the back of the box, so I'm going to share my top 5 favorites with you:

1. Laundry booster: Add 1/2 cup to each load to help your laundry detergent work better.

2. Bathroom cleaner: Because this product, once wet, is slightly acidic it is great for removing soap scum and hard water deposits.

3. Deodorizer: While cleaning, this product can also freshen and eliminate odors in your home, and your laundry.

4. Natural garbage disposal cleaner: Add a couple of tablespoons of borax to the garbage disposal and let it sit for 15 minutes, then flush with water and you'll have a freshened drain.

5. Natural color safe bleach: At the same time you're using this product as a laundry booster it also acts as a natural bleaching agent, which is safe for both whites and colored fabrics.

Borax is actually a naturally occurring mineral, and there are many companies that sell it. The most famous of these is this particular brand, which has been in business since 1891.

It is sometimes hard to find in stores, but if you're looking for it make sure to head to the laundry aisle and look low on the shelves.

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I'd love to hear your reviews of this brand of borax, or any of the ways you use it in your home. You can share your borax uses here, or read others that have already been submitted.

Plus, if you'd like to learn even more about this product, in general, check out my borax powder article here.

The Dial Corporation provided me with a sample of this product in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.


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Borax Is A Good Natural Pre-Soak For Baby Clothes

by Amanda

Amanda says:

I use 20 Mule Team Borax to pre-soak baby clothes and also as a booster to the special baby detergent I use in the wash.

It cuts down on odors and helps "loosen" stains.

I really like the fact that it is a natural product.

I also use it to pre-soak some of my own clothes, i.e. my robes and my tops, as it is good for tackling formula spit up mishaps.

As you know, burp cloths are not the only thing that comes in contact with spit ups!

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your favorite uses for this product as well Amanda.

presoaking, my secret laundry stain removal weapon
I really like that you've suggested presoaking clothes with this product. This technique is one of my favorite (and easiest) ways to remove laundry stains.

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Uses For 20 Mule Team Borax Around Your Home

Below is a video that provides even more ideas for how you can use this product around your home.

Some of the included ideas include:

1. Killing mold. The recipe provided is 1 cup of borax combined with 1 gallon of hot water, and place in a spray bottle. Then spray on the moldy surface, let sit for several minutes or so, and then wipe it away.

(Get more tips for removing mold and mildew from hard surfaces here.)

2. Remove soap scum and hard water deposits. Spread the powder onto the surface and scrub with a sponge.

3. Toilet cleaner. Pour a cup of the powder into the bowl and let it sit overnight for a clean toilet naturally.

4. Laundry booster. Add 1/2 cup in with laundry load.

5. Dishwasher detergent booster. Add 1/4 cup added to dishwasher detergent will help remove spots on glassware.

Here's the video for full details:



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Borax Is Good For Lots Of Laundry Stains And Odors

by Kathy

Kathy says:

I first started using this product for soaking baby clothes, but now that my kids are older I still use it for presoaking, only for different stains, such as general dirt, mud,and grass stains.

I also use it as a booster to the wash.

It is also terrific when it comes to treating odors, such as the perspiration that is generally associated with the same stains noted above, only we are talking about really dirty, stained, and sweaty socks!

I use this product every week and know that when my kids return from camp later this summer I could easily go through a whole box doing wash catch up, as I will be inundated with several weeks of really dirty laundry.

In addition to the Borax I also use any of the detergents containing enzymes for washing their clothes, i.e. Tide, Wisk, or ERA, depending on which one I get the best deal on.

Generally I find the best sales on ERA and it works fine on just about any stains they bring home.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful ways to use 20 Mule Team Borax in your home Kathy.

It really is amazing all the things you can use borax for. You can see even more borax uses here, or share your own.

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It is not for all machines
by: Anonymous

I used 20 Mule Team Borax in my GE machine that is also a HE type machine because on the box it said that it was for all machines including HE. I had to replace the water pump in my machine ($227.00) because this product did not dissolve even on the hot cycle and set up in clumps like cement. It was a mess. I will never buy this product or recommend it to anyone ever again.

homemade detergent ingredient
by: Isela

I use it to make my homemade laundry detergent. Also, mixed with sugar and water, it makes a nice ant killer.

adding it to detergent for years
by: Marisa

I've been adding it to my laundry detergent for years. I washed a load of blouses that were given to me this morning (clean blouses) and the water was soo dirty.. Mule Team deep cleans clothes and makes the colors look so vibrant!

kills fleas in carpet
by: Lori

Fleas... Sprinkle borax around the perimeter of the room, wait a few days then vacuum.

Note from Taylor: I've got a video about its use for fleas here.

coal dust
by: Fran

It gets out coal dust.

knocks out smell in dishrags
by: Erin

It's the only way I can get stinky dish rags clean. Great ant killer...I ditto that.

warning about borax on your grass
by: Sandi

Be aware that it will kill the grass above your septic tank if put down the drain.

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