Borax which is a salt of boric acid, also known as sodium borate is an important boron compound that is white in colour and dissolves easily in water. Borax was first discovered in dry lake beds in Tibet. In the 8th Century AD borax deposits were transported in ancient caravans along trade routes now called the Silk Road. This was also the time of the first confirmed use of borax by Arabian goldsmiths and silversmiths. Borax has myriad of uses and I am going to tell you about 7 innovative ways of using it.
1) Clean Sinks and Counters
Put 1 tablespoon of borax and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a spray bottle, then fill it up with hot water and add a few drops of dish soap. This makes a great all-purpose cleaner.
2) Deodorize Your Trash Can
Fill your trash can with water and add 1/2 cup of borax, then stir it up. Let it soak for 30 minutes, rinse it out, dry it,and again sprinkle some borax inside the trash can.
3) Keep Bugs Away
Roaches are perhaps the most despised pests on the planet. They get into everything, multiply rapidly, and can survive for several months without food. For cockroaches, sprinkle borax powder on shelves where you keep your food products. For bedbugs and fleas, sprinkle it on your mattress or carpet, let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
4) Unclog Drains
Pour 1/2 cup of borax down the drain, then slowly add 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then flush it out with hot water. Repeat as necessary for tough and greasy clogs.
5) Wipe your fridge
A refrigerator is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping foods safe. But are we keeping it safe? Won’t take much time to clean, all you need is one tablespoon of borax in 1 liter of warm water. Dampen a cloth and wipe.
6) Fertilize Plants
Heard about Boron deficiency?It is the most widespread micronutrient deficiency around the world and causes large losses in crop production and quality. Borax powder which is an essential boron compound helps plant growth and development, but is required in very small quantities. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of borax in 1 gallon of water and apply the solution evenly with a sprinkling can.
7) Surprise your kids
Borax can be used to make snowflakes, bouncy balls and slime.
- For slime
Measure a 1/2 cup of glue and pour into bowl. To that add a 1/2 cup of warm water. Stir to combine. Mix 1/2 tsp of borax powder into 1/2 cup of hot water. Mix thoroughly and slowly add the mixture to the glue and stir continuously. Your slime will begin to form immediately.