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8 Surprising Borax Uses for You Need To Know About

Once a laundry hero, borax hasn't been getting much attention lately. But don't ignore it! It's not just for laundry - it can clean stains and freshen drains too. Also, if you've got a stubborn stain on your kitchen counter that won’t go away - borax can handle it. Would you like to try out this handy cleaner at home? Wait a minute! Are you unaware of its uses? Continue reading this guide to explore the 8 best borax uses that will address all your home needs!


What's Borax?

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Borax, also called sodium borate, is a compound with boron. Boron is a natural element in the air, soil, and food. Borax is a salt that comes in powders, granules, and crystals, dissolving easily in water.

Borax is commonly discovered in dry lake beds, such as California's Death Valley, where water has evaporated, leaving mineral deposits behind.


What Is Borax Used For?

Borax isn't just for scrubbing stains away; it's like a secret ingredient in all sorts of household stuff, which are as follows:

  • Fancy toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Beauty products like creams, lotions, and zit creams
  • Paint and shiny glazes
  • Weed killers
  • It's also what you need to make that awesome gooey slime the kids go crazy for!


How to Use Borax Around the House?

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Here are some of the most common borax uses around the house:


#1 Pre-Soak for Stains and Odors

Mix half a cup of borax with water in your washer or a tub when you've got stubborn stains or funky odors on your clothes. Let your dirty items soak in the borax solution for about 30 minutes before tossing them in the wash as usual. It helps lift stains and freshen fabrics.


#2 Boost Your Detergent

If your regular laundry detergent isn't cutting it, add half a cup of borax to your washer before adding your clothes. It boosts your detergent's cleaning power, especially for tackling tough stains or dingy whites.


#3 DIY Laundry Detergent

Want to go with the DIY laundry detergent? Mix one-half cup of borax with soap flakes, baking soda, and washing soda in a resealable container. Use about half a cup of this homemade mixture per load in a standard washer or two tablespoons in a high-efficiency washer.


#4 Household Cleaner

Borax uses aren't limited to laundry - it is also a powerful cleaner and disinfectant. You can use it to tackle stains on stainless steel surfaces, porcelain sinks, and outdoor furniture. Mix it with water to make a paste, apply it to the stain, and scrub it away.


#5 Remove Stains From Sinks and Countertops

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Make a paste with borax, lemon juice, or vinegar for stubborn stains on sinks or countertops. Apply the borax paste to the stain, let it sit, then scrub with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.


#6 Freshen and Unclog Drains

Got a stinky or slow-draining sink? Sprinkle three tablespoons of borax down the garbage disposal, let it sit for 15 minutes, then flush with hot water. For greasy kitchen drains, pour ½ cup of borax and two cups of boiling water down the drain, let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then flush with warm water.


#7 Using Borax to Kill Ants

Borax powder also includes treating ant infestations. Here's how to use borax to kill ants effectively:

Create a lethal bait by mixing one part borax with three parts sugar. Sprinkle the mixture in areas where you've spotted ants. The ants will be repelled using borax, while sugar will attract them to consume the deadly solution.


#8 Dishwasher Cleaner

You can also boost the cleaning power of Fomin dishwasher detergent cleaner tablets by sprinkling half a cup of borax in the bottom before adding the tablet to your dishwasher for a sparkling clean finish.


Final Words

Borax is a versatile and eco-friendly solution for many household needs, from laundry to pest control. Moreover, by incorporating Fomin cleaner with borax, you enhance cleaning efficacy and promote sustainability within your home. So, experience the borax uses today, and join our loyalty program to make the world a cleaner, greener place!


Clean, Conscious & Convenient: Fomin's Contribution to a Plastic-Free World

Fomin is committed to playing a pivotal role in creating a plastic-free world. With every product we offer, we aim to make a positive impact. Our dedication to sustainability is reflected in our packaging, which is 100% TUV-certified material. We proudly hold Plastic Bank certification, ensuring that 12 plastic bottles are saved from entering our oceans with each purchase.



The statistics on plastic pollution are alarming. Annually, over 10 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans, endangering marine life and ecosystems. Fomin believes in taking a stand against this crisis, offering eco friendly alternatives that not only clean effectively but also contribute to a cleaner, more conscious, and convenient world.



How To Use Borax In Laundry?

Simply pour ½ cup (204 g) of borax into your washing machine with your normal detergent. Choose a warm or hot cycle to ensure the borax removes grime and soil from your clothes.

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