18 Everyday Uses For 20 Mule Team Borax
Have you ever used 20 Mule Team Borax? I used it when my oldest was a baby. I used it in her cloth diaper pail, yeah, I tried the whole cloth diaper thing… with the first one! The other three wore disposable, for sure!
But, I hadn’t tried it again until recently.
According to Wikipedia Borax is:
Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve in water.
The product is named after the 20-mule teams that were used by William Tell Coleman’s company to move borax out of Death Valley, California, to the nearest rail spur between 1883 and 1889.
20 Mule Team Borax is a brand of borax used as a cleaner and is manufactured by The Dial Corporation.
100% Natural Mineral. Once it’s removed from the ground, it’s washed, dried and boxed for purchase
It is produced by the evaporation of seasonal lakes
There is NOTHING added, no chlorine, no phosphates, no other added chemicals
It naturally softens hard water, which maximizes your detergents cleaning power
Keeps stains from being re-deposited on the clothes in your wash
Here are the 20 mule team borax ingredients as listed on the box:
Sodium Tetraborate (a natural mineral).
You can purchase 20 Mule Team Borax at Walmart and most any place you can purchase laundry detergent.
I also found out years ago that Borax is good for many other uses than just cleaning clothes, as well. You can use it to clean and freshen things all over your house.
It works at killing soft bodied insects because it causes cuts to their soft exoskeletons which eventually will make them die. It works much like Diatomaceous Earth – DE.
Diatomaceous earth – also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr – is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3 μm to more than 1 mm, but typically 10 to 200 μm.
One use I found especially helpful and interesting, was years ago when we lived in what we called “the country”, and our dogs got fleas. We had a terrible time getting rid of them and keeping them out of the house.
A friend told me that she accidentally found that 20 Mule Team Borax is great for getting rid of fleas. She had used it to clean her kitchen floors, she neglected to clean under the kitchen table and found fleas under the table and nowhere else.
She also told me that she had tried it with sugar ants and it worked for those as well!
Who knew you could use 20 Mule Team Borax for ants or fleas?
Here are 18 other uses for 20 Mule Team Borax:
Restore shine to your china: use a 1/2 cup in your dishwater to restore the shine
Cut down on water spots in the dishwasher: add 1 tablespoon in the detergent cup.
Mix with water to clean your aluminum pots and pans.
Remove stains from carpet: mix into paste, rub into the stain, let dry, vacuum
Liquid carpet stains: mix 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2 with water. pour on stain, blot liquid, repeat until stain disappears
Fresh Smelling carpet: spray mist of water, sprinkle Borax on carpet, when dry, vacuum
You can use 20 Mule Team Borax for roaches & ants: mix with small amount powdered sugar, leave in problem areas insects will eat it and then die from the gas caused by the mixture
Kills fleas: sprinkle Borax on floors, leave for an hour, then remove
Clears drains: mix 1 cup with boiling water, pour down drain. Clogs will disappear
Cat Litter Box odor: mix in with litter when changed
Odors in mattresses and furniture (including urine): wet areas, add Borax, wait until dry, vacuum
Trash can odor: Add small amount to bottom of trash cans to keep them smelling fresh
Soften Hard Water which can make shampoo s and soaps less effective.
Keep Toilet bowl clean & fresh: add 1/2 cup to toilet, let it sit for 1 hour, clean normally
Sprinkle on floors near baseboards to repel mice
Mix 2 tablespoons Borax, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, in 2 cups hot water to remove rust
Put 3 tablespoons in garbage disposal, let stand 1 hour then flush with water to keep it fresh smelling
Sprinkle on weeds to kill them, taking care not to get on wanted plants
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If you’re looking for a way to kill ants, fleas, roaches, prevent mold, clear a drain, or wash clothes and more then try 20 Mule Team Borax! You won’t be disappointed.
I have found that it works better than an exterminator and it’s much less expensive for all of the uses listed above than the cost of items to fix each of those issues.
Do you have any other uses or tips for 20 Mule Team Borax?
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