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In the UK, Borax also called sodium tetraborate decahydrate, is sold as a naturally occurring mineral compound best known as a
laundry booster and water softener.
Borax is also excellent as a multi-purpose household cleaner with many uses throughout the house including craft projects.
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Cleaning with borax:
Laundry: A cup of Borax in every load of wash along with detergent will boost the cleaning power of your detergent. Mixing cup of Borax with 2 cups of warm water and you have a stain remover that works on blood, chocolate, coffee, mildew and urine stains.
Remove stubborn stains from rugs and carpets. Thoroughly dampen the area, then rub in some borax. Let the area dry, then vacuum or blot it with a solution of equal parts vinegar and soapy water and let dry. Repeat if necessary. Don't forget to first test the procedure on an inconspicuous corner of the rug or on a carpet scrap before applying it to the stain.
Rub out heavy sink stains. Get rid of those stubborn stains — even rust — in your stain-less steel or porcelain sink. Make a paste of 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Put some of the paste on a cloth or sponge and rub it into the stain, then rinse with running warm water. The stain should wash away with the paste.
Eliminate urine odour on mattresses. Toilet training can be a rough experience for all the parties involved. If your child has an "accident" in bed, here's how to get rid of any lingering smell: Dampen the area, then rub in some borax. Let it dry, then vacuum up the powder.
Soften Hard Water. If you have hard water add a bit of Borax to your bath to soften it. Hard water makes soaps and shampoos less effective.
Remove mildew from you household and car fabric. To remove mildew from upholstery and other fabrics, soak a sponge in a solution of 1/2 cup borax dissolved in 2 cups hot water, and rub it into the affected areas. Let it soak in for several hours until the stain disappears, then rinse well. To remove mildew from clothing, soak it in a solution of 2 cups borax in 2 quarts (2 litres) water.
Keep away weeds and ants. Get the jump on those weeds that grow in the cracks of the concrete outside your house by sprinkling borax into all the crevices where you've seen weeds grow in the past. It will kill them off before they have a chance to take root. When applied around the foundation of your home, it will also keep ants and other six-legged intruders from entering your house. But be very careful when applying borax — it is toxic to plants.
Cleaning windows and mirrors.Want to get windows and mirrors spotless and streakless? Wash them with a clean sponge dipped in 2 tablespoons borax dissolved in 3 cups water.
Baby Nappies and Clothes: Presoak flushed-out, soiled cloth nappies in a bucket filled with hot water and cup of Borax for 30 minutes before washing. It helps to reduce odours and stains and makes nappies more absorbent.
Flea Control: Sprinkle Borax on carpet and let it sit for a few hours, or overnight, before vacuuming. Just keep the kids and pets out of the room until vacuumed.
Deodorizing Rubbish Disposals: Just sprinkle a few tablespoons down the drain and after 15 minutes or so, flush the drain with warm water.
Clean and Deodorize Fridges: Dissolve one tablespoon of borax per litre of warm water and use it to wipe down the insides of the fridge.
Deodorizing Bins: Soak the bin with a mixture of hot water and a cup borax to eliminate odours. After it has dried, sprinkle in more borax inside to help absorb future odours.
Sinks, Bathtubs and Toilets: Borax alone is a great non abrasive cleanser, and when mixed with lemon juice into a paste, it can help to get rid of rust stains.
Properties of Borax:
Synonyms: Borax Decahydrate, Sodium tetraborate, Disodium tetraborate Boron
CAS No.: 1303-96-4
Appearance: white crystalline powder
Density: 1.73 g/cm3 (solid)
Melting point: 741 oC
Na2B4O7.10H2O: 99.5% min
Insolubles in Water: 0.04% max
Na2SO4: 0.1% max
NaCl: 0.03% max
Fe: 0.002% max