Here is the post I put on Penny Wise about uses for Borax. There are cautions as you will see - I tink it wise to remember that even natural things have to be used with cautions - Borax can be dangerous if ingested or inhaled and I always use a mask and gloves when I use it. So ladies just because something is natural does not mean it is always safe, and sometimes it depends how you use the natural product. I always research everything I use and I have training in herbs, essential oils and homeopathy from Europe where these things are used regularly and are regulated. So always research whatever you are planning to use in your cleaning or any other product, what might be safe for me, may not be for you - or it may have dangers for pregnant women which a lot of herbs and essential oils do - so always be CAUTIOUS. Linda
Not only is Borax a great laundry booster, but it is excellent for many other uses in the household. Here are a few ideas.
1. Toilet Cleaning
Pour some borax into the toilet bowl before going to bed and then clean with a brush in the morning. You will find it an easy task as the Borax loosens the grime overnight.
2. Economical Scouring Powder
1 Tbsp. Borax
1 Tbsp. Baking soda
1 Tbsp. Salt
This makes an excellent and economical scouring powder for sinks, tubs, tile, and grout. Remember that Borax is non-abrasive, so it is a wonderful cleaning agent.
Rinse diapers out immediately and begin soaking in a solution of 6 Tbsp. of borax for each bucket of warm water. When you are ready to wash them, use a warm cycle and add a little amount of white vinegar in place of your usual fabric softener – this will help make the diapers soft and absorbent again.
*Don't forget about our laundry soap recipes in LIQUID and POWDER.
*And our make-it-yourself all-purpose cleaner, which uses essential oils and Borax.
Cautions: Borax is harmful if ingested and so one should avoid using it around food. It can also irritate the skin and lungs, so use with care. Wear gloves when using and do not inhale the dust. As with all cleaning supplies, keep out of reach of children and pets. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Borax is best used for heavy duty cleaning and is toxic in high doses so please use caution.