Borax, also known as sodium borate, is found naturally in soil, plants and even in our bodies. Contrary to popular belief, borax can be used for a lot of things and not just a laundry booster. What if we told you that there are 15 amazing benefits of this naturally occurring mineral that you never knew of? We will come to that in a minute, but first, let’s understand what Borax is.
Borax is composed of sodium, water, boron, and oxygen. What gives borax the ability to clean, disinfect, and deodorize is its high alkaline component. All you need is this one item in your pantry, and you can eliminate the need for other chemical-based cleaning supplies. It is easy to store and it cleans virtually anything. This is why it is always a prudent idea to add borax to your list of monthly household supplies.
Now let us talk about its many uses. Borax has often faded under the glory of baking soda and vinegar. But this tried and tested household cleaner has more to offer than you think. It can fight pests, keep your flowers fresh, clean up your garbage disposal system, remove stains, and do scores of other things for you. After you read about some of its unexpected uses, you will never look at (or overlook) borax the same way again.
Here are the top 15-ways borax can be useful for you.
15. Get Rid of Roaches, Ants, and Fleas
Cockroaches can be a nuisance at home, and they are disgusting. They are not only unsightly but also unsanitary. It is tempting to use harsh chemicals to eliminate them. However, before you run to the nearest store to buy an insecticide, give borax a try.
It can tackle cockroaches, as well as many other insects such as ants, fleas, and beetles. All you need to do is lightly dust borax in your home’s problem areas. People who have used homemade borax solutions swear by its effectiveness in keeping the unhealthy pests away for at least a year, if not more.
14. Remove Residual Adhesive Effortlessly
Often we want to reuse a glass jar for some other purpose. However, those stubborn labels either refuse to come off or leave behind a residue that makes the jar appear unattractive. So, if you want to get rid of the goo, use borax solution. Dissolve ½ cup borax in ¼ cup warm water. This solution will help remove glue and other sticky materials off the surface smoothly.