rock of borax

Borax is wonderful stuff. It’s one of those old time cleaning stalwarts that fell out of fashion because it doesn’t come in a fancy container or have slick advertising on TV. It’s a ‘plain Jane’ cleaner like baking soda.

Despite its lack of glamour, borax works. It is a naturally occurring, multipurpose, odourless crystalline powder that can be used as a laundry booster, fungicide, pesticide and disinfectant.

Borax works well on its own, dry or mixed with some water, to clean just about anything.

  • Sprinkle it on floors and carpets to get rid of fleas and cockroaches
  • Freshen carpets by dusting with borax. Leave for a few hours or overnight, then vacuum
  • Remove carpet stains by rubbing a paste of borax and water into spot. Vacuum when dry.
  • Dump some down the drain or garbage disposal, leave for 15-20 minutes, followed by hot water to unclog and sanitise
  • Mop up the smell of urine from carpets and mattresses – make a paste with water and apply or dampen area, sprinkle with borax and rub. Vacuum when dry.
  • Put borax around the toilet bowl and leave overnight – brush clean in the morning
  • Mix borax and water to a paste to clean grout
  • Add ½ cup borax to the clothes wash for brighter, cleaner laundry

Borax is also particularly talented at making other cleaning agents more effective. Borax acts as an alkaline buffer when paired with detergents or bleach. This keeps the pH stable so that the chemical reactions responsible for the cleaning keep going. Borax reacts with water to form hydrogen peroxide so you get the power of oxygen too.

Bath scrub recipe:

  • 2 parts baking soda
  • 1 part salt
  • 1 part borax.

As with all cleaners, chemical or natural, keep borax away from children and pets.