The Green Momma’s Other Best Friend: Borax

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November 30, 2011

I recently talked about the green momma’s best friend, baking soda. However, there is another friend that every green momma should have around as well, borax. When I mention borax many people just stare at me blankly and say something along the lines of “Isn’t that some sort of chemical?” The answer is no. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water.

So what can we do with this mineral?


Borax is perfect for families with hard water. Hard water can be a major pain when you are trying to do laundry. The minerals in the water can build up on clothing and can cause skin irritations in babies. Borax acts as a natural water softener. Simply add a ¼ cup of Borax to your washing machine and this will soften up your water and break up those hard minerals.

You can also use borax as a laundry booster. Add ¼ cup of borax to your laundry to naturally boost the stain lifting power of your detergent. It will also help deodorize and freshen your laundry.

Borax can be used on baby clothes as well. Baby clothes are notorious for staining. Fill your washing machine up with warm water and add ½ cup of borax. Soak the baby clothes in the the mixture for 30 minutes to an hour then wash normally. Staining should be greatly reduced.

The Bathroom

Borax works wonders in the bathroom. Simply pour a little powder on a wet sponge and get to work. Borax works great on showers, tubs, sinks, and even tile floors. The great thing about borax is that is does not scratch.

If you want a sparkling and sanitary toilet sprinkle ½ cup of borax around the toilet bowl. Swish it around the bowl with a toilet brush. Let the borax sit for an hour or so (you can even leave it overnight) then flush.

Carpet Stains

If you have a stubborn carpet stain consider using borax to remove it. Dissolve ½ cup of borax in 2 cups of water. Use a sponge to work the solution into the stain. Let it set for approximately 30 minutes then vacuum.


Use borax to give your dishwasher a boost. Add ¼ cup of borax into the bottom of the dishwasher to help remove stains and water spots. This will also keep your dishwasher smelling fresh. 

Where Can I Get It?

Borax is readily available in many grocery stores. Just check on the laundry aisle or aisle that carries Oxiclean. If you do not see it, ask a clerk for assistance. This may be a product they can order for you. I personally purchase my borax from Target and have never had an issue finding it. My local Wal-Mart also carries it. The product is made by 20 Mule Team and is in a white box.

As you can see, there is never really a need to reach for the chemical-laden cleaners. There is a natural alternative for most everyday cleaning tasks. What do you use borax for in your home?

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