1. 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. It is needed for good cell wall growth and for fruit and seed development.
2. Mix together borax and water in a 2:1 ratio. Rub on to get rid of sticky, gooey, gummy adhesive residue.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Mix 1 tsp detergent, 1 tsp borax and 1 litre warm water in a spray bottle and use to clean outdoor furniture.
6. 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.
7. Remove urine odour from a mattress. Wet the mattress, rub in borax with a damp cloth. Let dry, then vacuum up the remaining residue.
8. Mix 50:50 with honey and leave out for ants. It effectively eradicates ant problems.
9. Sprinkle around the outskirts of a room to eradicate cockroaches.