I’ve seen borax pop up in a few homemade household cleaning recipes but I hadn’t appreciated just how many uses for borax there are until I came across this really handy infographic. It shows 21 use for borax around the house! 21! From unclogging drains and cleaning mattresses to inhibiting mould, it seems borax does it all!
Although it’s non toxic and a completely natural substance, borax can be a bit of an irritant to sensitive skin. If you do suffer from sensitive skin, skin allergies, eczema or anything like that then I would avoid using it on anything that’s going to come into contact with your skin on a regular basis (e.g. the carpet cleaning recipe, or the clothes deodoriser recipe). Just to be on the safe side!
Now we’ve got the safety chat out of the way, on to the uses for borax!
Uses for Borax
Uses for Borax infographic source: eReplacement Parts
If you’re in the UK/EU and you want to track some borax down, please note you’ll only be able to buy “borax substitute”. The reason being a few year ago the EU reclassified the ‘Borate’ group of chemicals that Borax belongs to as a dangerous substance! Apparently borax substitute still has all the same cleaning and laundry uses that original borax had and is pretty much identical, composition wise, but cannot be used for pest control. You’ll still need to store it securely away from children, preferably up high on in a childproof cupboard, and properly labelled, as it’s not a substance you want young children getting their hands on.
And if you’re wondering where to buy borax substitute, I’ve seen it for sale in cardboard boxes in pound shops (in the cleaning aisle) and hardware shops for the princely sum of £1 for a 500g box. The brand is Dri Pak. It’s also available in larger quantities at the excellent Summer Naturals website.
I’m certainly tempted to pick some up and give it a go around my house!
ps: if you are worried about using borax or borax substitute in your home, then I’ve researched a post on is borax safe