Sodium tetraborate decahydrate, commonly known as borax, is a natural mineral made of sodium, boron, oxygen and water, and is a good thing to have in your storage. It has many uses in your home, and if kept in a dry location, the shelf life of borax is virtually unlimited.
Borax and pest control
- Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar.
- Keep the mice out by sprinkling borax on the floor along the wall.
- Kill fleas by sprinkling borax on your carpet. Leave it for an hour and vacuum it up thoroughly.
- Combine cornmeal with borax. Pour into shallow dishes and place them in areas where pests are a problem.
General uses for borax
- Make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 tablespoons borax and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle.
- You can remove oxidation from metals with borax. The ingredient is also used as a flux in welding.
- As a laundry detergent, add one cup of borax to each load and significantly boost your cleaning power.
- Make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 1 tablespoons borax and 1 tablespoons baking soda.