Use Borax Cleaning Products Safely
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Today, we’re going to be looking at how borax can be used around the house for cleaning. In multiple applications.
Borax is often used in cleaning products because it is very efficient at removing dirt and grime. But it can be dangerous if ingested by children, and adults However, if handled safely and with care, it can be used in a large number of applications around the house, including unblocking drains, steam cleaning, and garbage disposal.
Let’s look at some of the specific uses for Borax around the house. As a natural odor neutralizer, boron is a great choice for improving carpet cleaning. It can improve the odor of old carpets. Before filling your carpet cleaner reservoir, add a quarter of a cup of borax per gallon to whatever solution you’re using. Even if it’s just hot water with some borax, this can improve the efficiency of the cleaning routine.
As for steam cleaning clothes, adding borax to the solution can make it more effective in removing dirt and debris as well as eliminating smells. To dissolve any borax, add half a cup of borax to one gallon of hot water and fill the steam cleaner reservoir with this.
Third borax can also be used for garbage disposal cleaning. If you sprinkle four teaspoons of borax into the garbage disposal once a week and allow 30 minutes to soak up the grease, smells and other nasty material accumulated inside the appliance, you’ll find that your garbage disposal will be cleaner.
You can also use borax to unblock drains. Half a cup of borax followed by two cups of boiling water can help unclog a drain. Allow 30 minutes for this to work. And then flush with warm water to remove the clogging.
Borax is also a highly effective scrubbing powder that can be used on sinks, tubs, and stovetops.
Borax can deodorize and freshen an old mattress. Spray water on the surface of the mattress paying attention to any stained areas and sprinkle borax over the top. Rub it in with a slightly wet cloth and let the powder dry thoroughly. Then vacuum up all the dried powder.
Borax can be used on car upholstery as well. First make a batch of the upholstery cleaner at home with three drops of dishwashing liquid, three tablespoons of sodium borax, and three cups of water.
By combining all these ingredients into a small saucepan, you can boil it and set it aside to cool before storing the mixture in a spray bottle.
Use this mixture to scrub stains clean, any dirty upholstery with a scrubber like a sponge or a brush. It can even be used on floor mats. Rinse off the upholstery with a clean rag and cool water. And this way you can clean car upholstery.
In the bathroom, there is a variety of homemade bathroom, cleaner recipes available but this is one using borax that can be prepared at home. Take half a cup of white vinegar, add two teaspoons of borax add one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, 10 drops of lemon. Two cups of warm water and some essential oils for the smell. Shake all of this in a spray bottle and this works well on tiles, toilets, sinks, counters, and floors. Indeed the whole bathroom can be cleaned this way.
Of course, you can use borax as an all-purpose cleaner as well. Take a large spray bottle and add one teaspoon of borax, half a teaspoon of sodium carbonate, and a teaspoon of soap. and 18 drops of essential oil. Fill the bottle with hot water. And shake well to combine everything. This will remove any oily stains, fingerprints, and smudges.
Boron and Borates also have anti-mold and anti-rusting properties. So you can use borax to clean rust stains from porcelain and stainless steel sinks.
Make a paste, combining four parts of borax and one part of lemon juice. Rub this into the rust stain, wait a few minutes and rinse it away.
If you have a spillage of wine or a cup of coffee on your new carpet or on your clothing, instead of wiping the liquid away with a dry cloth. Sprinkle borax on it and let it soak for a few minutes before cleaning it out. It works well on carpet as well as hard floors. It neutralizes the odor and absorbs the irritating liquid.
Laundry detergents can also be made using borax at home. To improve the efficiency of other substances as it’s highly alkaline in water.
As for pest control, a 50 50 mixture of powdered sugar and borax will keep ants and cockroaches away. Sprinkle it anywhere you think the bugs might be getting into your home.
It’s also well-known for its ability to destroy fleas. It’s odorless and not harmful to human skin in the right quantities. The use of borax for flea treatment is a popular approach. It should be sprinkled directly on pet beds, carpets, and other areas where you suspect flees are laying eggs. Allow an hour or two resting time before vacuuming up.
Having described the benefits of borax for cleaning products. It’s worth noting that it can be harmful if ingested or inhaled as well as being harmful to pets.
Here are some safety guidelines to follow. Keep borax powder away from your mouth to avoid breathing it in. And wear gloves when using borax as a cleaning agent. After you’ve washed any area with borax, clean and disinfect it with water. If you do get borax on your skin, wash your hands with soap immediately. And before drying and using clothing, that’s been washed with borax, make sure that they’ve been properly rinsed.
Of course never leave borax within the reach of children.
And borax and boric acid products should not be used around pets.
If you expose your pets to too much borax, they may experience symptoms such as loss of appetite, which is quite dangerous for them.
Keep borax cleaning products away from your eyes, nose, and mouth to reduce the danger of exposure. And if you have any open sores on your hands or cuts, make sure these are covered because borax can be quickly absorbed through open wounds on the skin.
So in conclusion borax can be an excellent cleaner around the house with multiple applications to keep your house clean. So long as the precautions are taken to avoid exposure or inhalation to yourself, your family, and any pet animals.
That’s all for today. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at using borax for cleaning around the house.