How to Use Borax

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral that is wonderfully affordable and offers almost endless possibilities of household uses. Once you learn some of the many ways that you can use Borax, you will probably never want to be without it in your home.

Borax has been around for over 100 years
  1. Mix a tablespoon of Borax with a tablespoon of baking soda and use it in place of your usual dishwasher detergent. This combo has both abrasive and disinfecting qualities, meaning your dishes will be squeaky clean and disinfected. Try this the next time you run out of dishwasher soap and you might never go back.

  2. Blot up a spill on your carpet and then sprinkle on enough Borax to cover the damp spill. Let it dry completely and vacuum up the Borax, for a stain-free carpet. For a wine spill, mix a half cup of Borax into a pint of warm water and apply the mixture to the stained area with a sponge. Let it dry and then vacuum it up.

  3. Combine a tablespoon of Borax with the same amount of maple syrup. Pour the mixture into a plastic lid, such as from a margarine tub. Place the lid on a counter or other area where you have spotted ants. The critters will walk in and nibble the sweet concoction, which will prove toxic to them.

  4. Dampen a urine stain on a mattress and sprinkle generously with Borax. Use a sponge to rub it into the spot well. Allow it to dry completely and vacuum the Borax away. The urine odor will be neutralized.

  5. Make a solution using 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 tablespoons of Borax. Soak heavy twine in the solution for at least 24 hours and you will have perfect candlewicks to use in homemade candles.

  6. Tip

    Always check carpeting and other colored areas for color-fastness before applying a paste of Borax.


    Keep Borax out of reach of children and pets, and never ingest Borax.


  • Keep Borax out of reach of children and pets, and never ingest Borax.