8 Ways to Use Borax at Home

· October 30, 2016
Borax is one of the most effective cleaning products, and it also helps prevent insect infestation.

Borax is a natural mineral. Its complete name is disodium tetraborate.

It is often used to create cleaning products for the home because it isn’t harmful for the environment and its properties help remove various types of dirt and stains.

Borax is created when bodies of salt water evaporate, and it can be found naturally in areas like America, Turkey and Romania.

Even though it is not considered toxic in small amounts, it has been shown to cause skin allergies when certain security measures are not taken during handling.

But do make sure you use gloves and other protective items around the house to make these household chores easy.

Today we’d like to share 8 ways to use Borax.

Take a look!

1. Insect repellent


Borax keeps cockroaches, bedbugs, ants and other insects away that generally colonize in the home.

You can sprinkle it in your kitchen, cracks under the door, basements and other areas where you commonly find bugs.


  • 1 Tbsp. Borax (10 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar (10 grams)
  • 1/2 c. water (125 mL)

What to do

  • Mix the Borax with the sugar and water, until everything is well blended.
  • Sprinkle around the garden and areas that are frequently visited by bugs.

2. Herbicide

This mineral is also great for getting rid of weeds that invade your garden and green spaces close to the house.

It is 100% organic and does not harm surrounding areas.


  • 280 grams Borax
  • 1/2 c. warm water (125 mL)
  • 7 1/2 liters cold water

What to do

  • Dissolve the Borax in warm water, wait until dissolved and then add the rest of the water.
  • Sprinkle on weeds, avoiding any nearby plants.

3. Multi-purpose cleaner


Borax can be used to clean and disinfect walls, floors, sinks and other household areas that get dirty easily.


  • 1 Tbsp. borax (10 grams)
  • 1 liter water

What to do

  • Mix the Borax with the water and spray onto areas that need to be cleaned.
  • Scrub with a sponge and remove any residual filth with a clean cloth.

4. Deodorant

A Borax and water solution are great for getting rid of bad odors on mattresses, blankets and furniture.


  • 1/2 cup Borax (125 grams)
  • 1 1/2 c. water (375 mL)

What to do

  • Combine the ingredients and spray onto areas you wish to clean.
  • Rub with a cloth or a brush.

5. Pots and Pans


Borax is a powerful ingredient for getting rid of oil and grime that accumulate on pots and pans.


  • 1/4 c. dish soap (62 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp. Borax

What to do

  • Mix the Borax into the dish soap and scrub with a sponge to clean dishes.

6. Fridge cleaner

Stainless steel or porcelain fridges can be disinfected with a mixture made from Borax and lemon juice.

These ingredients get rid of moisture stains and help bring back their original sparkle.


  • 1 cup Borax (250 grams)
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice (62 mL)

What to do

  • Mix the ingredients and scrub the fridge with them using a sponge or brush.
  • Wait for a few minutes, then rinse.

7. Toilet cleaner


This product is perfect for loosening accumulated filth that gets stuck on the toilet.


  • 1/2 c. Borax (125 grams)
  • 3.7 liters of water


  • Mix the Borax with the water in a bowl and scrub the toilet with it using a brush.
  • Allow to set for 10 minutes, then rinse.
  • You can also use this same solution for cleaning sinks and tiles.

8. Getting rid of rust

Use a mixture of Borax with lemon to help give back a shine to metal items and to get rid of rust.


  • 1 Tbsp. Borax (10 grams)
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice (62 mL)

What to do

  • Mix Borax with lemon juice and rub it on metal items using a cloth.
  • Repeat as you consider necessary.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can use Borax to clean the house.

You can find it in drug stores and chemical stores. Try it!