There are so many uses for borax all around your home, and it amazes me all the time as readers share even more with me.
What follows is a long list of ways to use this natural product.
To start it out I've embedded this video that was created by the manufacturers of the most prevalent brand of this product, 20 Mule Team Borax sharing lots of ways this product can help you in your home.
Basically, the video states that borax powder can be used in your laundry, but also as a cleaner in other areas of your home.
In laundry it helps soften hard water to allow the detergents to work better, and that is how it is a "laundry booster."
Just add a 1/2 cup of borax to your wash (along with detergent) for this purpose. (3/4 of a cup for large loads).
In addition, use it as a deodorizer for clothing, but also for the fridge and garbage pails.
There are also many bathroom and kitchen cleaning uses as well, such as cleansing your fine china or as part of a homemade all purpose cleaner.
Here is the video for full details:
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Get Out Laundry Odors And Stains With Borax And Oxiclean
On Household Management 101 it was suggested to mix half and half of Oxiclean and Borax into an empty container, and then use one scoop (about 1/2 a cup) of this in all loads of laundry when you don't use chlorine bleach. This helps with both laundry odors and stains.
However, if you do use chlorine bleach in a load, use only borax, no Oxiclean.
The reason for this is that combining chlorine bleach and an oxygen bleach together just makes both of them ineffective.
I also use it to soak some of my clothes that "attract" some of the same stains.
It seems like I always have at least one robe soaking at all times.
I recommend this product as an effective, but not harsh laundry product for baby clothes.
I also use it as an additive to my regular washes for general cleaning power, especially when I run a load of white shirts.
The most important factor for me in purchasing a laundry product is whether any of my household members will have allergic reactions.
In the past I have run into issues with other products. Borax has not caused any allergy issues and it is a terrific product for removing laundry stains, from baby clothes to older kids clothes, to my work clothes.
It works well on baby food, formula, grass, dirt, and sweaty shirts.
I mainly use it as a presoak. I always have a couple of soak buckets working hard for me prior to washing. The sooner you soak, the better the results.
***Update: I got this comment from Beverly who said:
One of the simplest ways to determine a flea drawback is to examine your pets stomach area and along the inside of the back legs. The hair is thinner in this area and easier to identify fleas. You can get rid of fleas by applying borax to your pet. It's really effective and I tried it myself.
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