Cleaning with borax

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PHOENIX -- Borax is a mineral found in nature. It is a great cleaner and booster for cleaning jobs. You can buy it in the grocery store and big box stores in the laundry additive area. It will say 20 Mule Team Borax™ on the box and it has been around for probably 80 years or more. Here are some ideas on ways you can use this safe, natural, and inexpensive product.

QUEENS POWER PASTE: This is one of my favorite laundry spotters and combines two old-fashioned cleaners into one powerful spotter. Use this on tough laundry stains, underarm stains and even on patio furniture. Wet a bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (in the laundry additive/spotter aisle) and work it into spots using enough warm water to create a little brown suds. Then add Borax, working it into the Fels Naptha well with your hands or a soft brush. Let sit for a few minutes and then launder as usual.

DISHWASHER SPOT STOPPER: We are all familiar with the jet-dry type products that you can buy in the store to prevent spotting on dishes washed in the dishwasher. This is a version you can make yourself for pennies and it is totally safe, natural and chemical-free. In a labeled container with a lid combine 1 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of baking soda. To use, add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to the dishwasher along with your regular detergent.

MAKING YOUR OWN NONABRASIVE CLEANSER: In a labeled container combine 4 parts of baking soda and 1 part of borax. Use as you would your favorite cleanser.

CLEANING VINYL FLOORS: In a bucket combine 1 gallon of warm water and 1 Tablespoon of borax. You can mop it on or do it by hand. No rinsing needed if you keep the solution clean. This will leave no residue on the floor and will not leave it looking smeary. It will also maintain the shine on no-wax vinyl.

CLEANING BALL CAPS: Put the ball caps on the top rack of the dishwasher (no dishes in the dishwasher please). Fill the detergent cup with borax instead of dishwasher detergent. Run through the cycle stopping before the dry cycle. Remove hats and dry on a glass, pitcher or jar out of the sun. Reshape the brim while it is still damp.

KEEP DISHWASHERS ODOR-FREE: Use a damp sponge and some borax to wipe out the inside of the dishwasher, door and gaskets. No need to rinse, just do the next load of dishes.

LAUNDRY ODOR FROM TRAINING PANTS, SOCKS ETC: Add 2 tablespoons of borax to one gallon of warm water. Soak the garments one hour prior to laundering. Dump bucket and all into the washer, add detergent and launder as usual.

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