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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Borax, chemically known as sodium borate, is a natural mineral salt that has a wide variety of uses in your home. It can be used as a supplement to laundry detergent, a cleaner, a deodorizer, even a pest deterrent.

Because of the high alkalinity of borax you need to be a bit more careful with it than, say, baking soda. It is a mild skin irritant and can be toxic if you eat two or three spoonsful of it, but barring these extremes it should be perfectly safe to use around your family.

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Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts borax and sugar (yes, sugar--it attracts the bugs and the borax eliminates them).

Sprinkle borax on the floor along the wall and keep mice out of your house.

Get rid of bed bugs by sprinkling borax on your mattress. Let it sit for about 30 minutes then vacuum it up.

Kill fleas or dust mites by sprinkling borax on your carpet. Let it sit for an hour and vacuum thoroughly.

Borax makes a great weed killer, too: Sprinkle a small amount of borax where you have seen weeds previously appear (driveway cracks, walkways, etc., not in the garden because it will kill your plants, too)

A tablespoon of borax on in your dishwasher to help remove water spots.

Carpet stain remover or deodorizer - use 1/4 cup borax to 1 cup water. Mix and dissolve. Spray or pour directly on stain. Works well for indoor pet accidents.

And, of course, add borax to each load of laundry to boost your detergent's cleaning power.