Cleaning with Borax

Borax History

Borax is mother nature's natural chemical discovered in the dry lakes of Tibet. Due to the Asian Silk Road trading routes around 114 BCE, Borax eventually made its way to the United States. During the mid-1800s Borax was discovered again. It became popular in mining camps and in household usage.

The popular 20 Mule Team Borax brand was capitalized by Francis M. "Borax" Smith. Thus, Borax became the one and only product purchased for cleaning anything and everything. Scientists are discovering new uses for Borax.

Borax is a historical cleaning staple in the U.S During its 145-year existence, Borax has been used in many U.S. homes as part of their daily cleaning methods. Scientifically, Borax is known as "sodium borate."


Amazing Natural Chemical

It is an alkaline or friendly acidic mineral salt that looks like white powder. It dissolves immediately in warm water. Borax has been proven to be the perfect disinfectant against mold and mildew. During the early era, homeowners would only use Borax brands.

Borax successfully cleaned their clothing, carpeting, and drapes. Just placing a cupful in the washer, Borax removed hardened stains and grease spots. Housewives loved how it removed their husband's dirty and oily clothing, while it also cleaned nearly everything in the home.


The Power of Borax

In these modern times, cleaning with Borax is like using a panacea cleaner because it retains its indoor and outdoor versatility reputation that includes the following:

  • Personal healthcare uses
  • Removes mold and mildew
  • Removes rust
  • An all-purpose household cleaning solution
  • Deodorizes smelly odors
  • All-purpose disinfectant
  • Clears drains
  • Softens hard water
  • Repels insects and critters like ants, roaches, mice, and more
  • Helps the growth of fruit trees and flower beds when diluted
  • Preservative for fresh cut flowers
  • Cleans paint from surfaces


Nine Cleaning Borax Techniques

Below are 9 different ways to use Borax for cleaning. Let's see various ways on how to clean with Borax:


1.   Remove grout

Grout Cleaning with Borax

Borax mixed with baking soda and vinegar will remove grout from wall tiles. Spray it on the surface and let it sit for around 20 minutes. Use a soft brush to remove the oil, dirt, and grease that makes up the grout.


2.   Rust removal chemical

Borax can remove rust from outdoor furniture, household appliances, garden equipment, metal surfaces, and more. Mixed with warm water and lemon juice, Borax becomes a paste. Leave the paste on for at least 20 minutes, then wipe off the rust.

When you need to get rid of the running rust stain that forms beneath a shower faucet or soap scum on a showerhead, use Borax. Mix Borax and warm water to spray on the rust spot extending down from the faucet.

Let the Borax solution set for 20 minutes, then rinse. For your shower head, place the mixed Borax solution in a plastic bag and tie it around the showerhead. Let it sit down for 30 minutes, remove the bag, and wipe off the showerhead.

If you have rust on appliances or some form of equipment, use a Borax solution. Its chemical makeup is hard on rust but will not denigrate any surface that it is used on.


3.   Clean hair combs and brushes

Hair Devices Cleaning with Borax

Professional hair stylists enjoy using a diluted form of Borax to clean their hair devices like combs, brushes, and curling irons. Mixing Borax, water, and dish soap as a soaking solution gives great hygienic results.


4.   Clean ink and pencil marks

Borax mixed with warm water will remove your child's handiworks on your walls. It will remove crayon and pencil marks from wall surfaces.


5.   Removes sink stains

Sink Stains Cleaning with Borax

When you need to make your sink be odorless and its surface looking renewed, Borax is a very efficient solution. Mixed with lemon juice, Borax will scrub away sink stains and give your sink a great-looking shine. When you pour the remaining solution down the drain, you are lessening any odors that may emanate from the drain.


6.   I can see clearly now

Would you like sparkling windows in your home, business, or car? Then you must use Borax. Mix Borax with warm water and place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray it on the windows and wipe it with a Microfiber cloth. Your windows will look like they are nearly invisible.


7.   Deodorizes and cleans mattresses

Mattress Cleaning with Borax

Assisted living facilities and nursing homes use Borax as a disinfectant and hygienic cleaner to clean soiled mattress surfaces. Environments like this where certain aged or disabled individuals do not have control over their bowels benefit from Borax.

Borax and warm water can be used to deodorize urine odors. You can mix a small amount of Borax to warm water and spray it over the mattress where the urine has settled. Take a soft cloth and rub it in and around the surface, use a hairdryer to dry the mattress.


8.   Restores antiques

Museums and historical centers use the Borax chemical to clean antique artifacts. A Borax solution aids in removing dirt, grime, and grease from dishes, vases, and more. Borax helps to restore the original shine to commemorative pieces. Artifacts can be soaked in Borax and warm water before they are removed, washed, and looking anew.


9. Removes grease

Grease Cleaning with Borax

All aspects of the auto industry benefit from using Borax style cleansers. Maintenance centers, dealerships, and transportation companies rely on Borax. Even the racing industry uses Borax to clean oil, clean brake dust, and remove gear and shop grease.

The auto industry's commercial spray washers contain Borax solutions to spray and then walk away. Borax is eco-friendly and will not harm the environment.


Borax Endnote

No matter how advanced technology or AI becomes, chemical compounds like that in Borax will be around for a long time. Borax is like a miracle cleaner that may be used to clean future robots or parts used in self-driving cars or on the planet of Mars.

This is not a joke. The borate chemical content of Borax is metal friendly. Borax works on recycled scrap metals that can be turned into new products. For instance, 20 Mule Team Borax is a hydrated form of borate. It is used in the smelting industry to repurpose metals.

Currently, Borax is taking a lead in cleaning efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Public and commercial industries are using Borax cleaning solutions to keep schools sanitized. Businesses like restaurants or grocery stores use certain Borax spray cleaners to keep individuals safe and protected.

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