Borax was an absolute must for any natural cleaning around the home in the olden days, everyone was crazy about it. Borax was used in face creams, drunk as a tonic and used for cleaning absolutely everything.

We get more questions about this ingredient than any other as there is lots of conflicting information on the net. The most straight forward explanation is that borax is a simple alkaline salt (sodium borate), not boric acid which is a poison made from borax with other chemicals added.

When using borax as an ingredient to make cleaning products or as a cleaner around your home be careful not to get it in your eyes and make sure that children and pets can’t get to it – although it is safer than chlorine bleach it can still cause irritation.

9 Great Uses For Borax

Sprinkle a cup of borax around a full-sized apple tree (or a couple of tablespoons around a young tree) every 3-4 years, to add boron, a trace mineral, to the soil. Boron is necessary for good cell wall growth and for fruit and seed development.

Mix together borax and water in a 2-to-1 ratio. Rub on to get rid of sticky, gooey, gummy adhesive residue.

Sprinkle on a damp sponge or soft cloth and use as you would a powdered cleanser. This can even be used on fibreglass surfaces without scratching, such as showers, tiles and baths.

Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with a paste of 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.

Mix 1 tsp detergent, 1 tsp borax and 1 litre warm water in a spray bottle and use to clean outdoor furniture.

Remove mildew and mustiness from linens by soaking them in 2 cups of borax mixed with 2 litres of water. Let the linens sit for a few hours, then rinse clean.

Remove urine odour from a mattress. Wet the mattress, rub in borax with a damp cloth. Let dry, then vacuum up the remaining residue.

Mix 50/50 with honey and leave out for ants. It effectively eradicates ant problems.

Sprinkle around the outskirts of a room to eradicate cockroaches.