Borax is a very effective natural product. It is indeed a precious ally in the home, due to its cleaning, disinfecting, deodorant and insecticide properties. However, it is a product which is toxic to health and should be used with caution. Let’s take stock of its characteristics, uses and precautions for use.
What is borax?
Borax is a white product made up of boric acid and sodium salt also known as boron salt. If it exists in a natural state, since it comes from boron, an element present in water, rock and soil, it is widely used in the fields of the cosmetics industry and pharmacy.
Borax is also known for its many properties which make it useful in the daily cleaning of the house. It is effective in cleaning multiple surfaces without damaging them. It is indeed a real ally against dirt, bacteria, mold, grease, bad odors and harmful insects, it softens hard water and improves washing. It is also used in the composition of a large number of household and maintenance products.
How to use borax at home?
Borax can be used in many ways around the home.
He cleans the carpets
To clean your carpets and get rid of the mites and pests that live there, mix one cup of baking soda and two cups of borax. Pour the preparation on the carpet once it is dry. Leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour then vacuum.
It cleans, stains and bleaches laundry
There borax is a good addition to your washing machine. Associated with your usual laundry, it strengthens its action and improves the elimination of stains and bad odors. It bleaches the laundry and allows white fabrics not to gray.
Just pour ½ cup of borax into the washing machine on top of your regular laundry detergent. Run your machine as usual.
He cleans the kitchen
This gentle cleaner is very effective for washing aluminum or porcelain pots, pans and utensils. Just sprinkle some on them and rub with a damp cloth before rinsing.
To disinfect the trash can, refrigerator and freezer and eliminate bad odors, dilute a tablespoon of borax in a liter of hot water and clean the devices with this solution before rinsing.
He cleans the bathroom
Place a little borax on a sponge moistened with warm water or on a damp soft cloth and rub the surfaces to be cleaned. Then rinse with clean water. Borax is very useful for cleaning fragile surfaces without scratching them and for removing limescale and traces.
He cleans the windows
To make your windows shine, dilute two tablespoons of borax in a liter of hot or lukewarm water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the product on the windows. Then wipe with a soft cloth.
It eliminates bad odors
To eliminate bad odors, mix borax and baking soda in equal amounts and apply the solution to the area to be treated. Leave on for 1 to 2 hours and rinse or vacuum to remove the rest.
It unclogs the pipes
Borax is a good unblocker for pipes. Dilute ½ cup of borax in 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan and pour the mixture into the blocked pipes. Leave on for at least 15 minutes then pour only boiling water to rinse.
It removes rust
Dilute 2 tablespoons of borax with lemon juice and apply to the rusty area. Leave it on for at least an hour and then remove the residue with a clean damp cloth.
It eliminates unwanted insects
Borax is an excellent insecticide for controlling cockroaches, cockroaches, termites and ants. It makes it possible to manufacture an effective poison.
To do this, form a ball by mixing borax and condensed milk. Place these small beads in the places where insects pass. They will die of dehydration after ingesting them.
Be careful with your children and pets, however, as this mixture is toxic.
What precautions for use should be observed with borax?
Borax may be natural, but it is toxic and dangerous for health. It can indeed cause skin and eye irritation, sore throat, nosebleeds, burns, nausea and vomiting as well as allergic reactions.
Always equip yourself with gloves to use it, a mask if possible and long, covering clothing. Always store it in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children and pets.