You may have seen borax pop up here and there on detergent or cosmetic labels and wondered what its deal is. Borax, aka sodium borate, is a mineral, either mined directly from the ground or collected from evaporated deposits. It comes with many advantages and many household uses, and it’s not acutely toxic (adults would have to ingest a large quantity for it to become dangerous). However, use with caution around children, as they are more prone to suffer from side effects. How should you use borax, exactly? We have recipes you can try right away:
7 Green Cleaning Uses for Borax
For a non-toxic version of the magic eraser, use a natural sponge with borax and baking soda. Gently polish away scuffs and stains from virtually any surface.
Alkaline cleaners can cut through grease, dirt, proteins, oils, and wax so this all-purpose version instead of commercial solvents. It’s made with borax, baking soda and Epsom salt.
Baking soda removes odors while borax helps loosen and lift away grime. Lavender and lemon essential oils work together to add a fresh scent and kill germs that get tracked in on shoes. Easy!