How to use Borax around the homestead

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How to use Borax vs. Boric Acid

How to use Borax around the homestead.
Borax is not the same as boric acid! Borax deodorizes and
freshens, plus it's a natural alternative to bleach and quite a
handy thing to have around in post apocalyptic times.  Borax
has many applications for preppers...

Surprising Prepping uses of Borax
Surprising Prepping uses of Borax ~ It may surprise you at how
many uses Borax has around the homestead. It cleans, but it
gets rid of bugs and so much more...

#1: Everyday cleaning uses.
Since 1891, Borax, the natural laundry booster and multi-
purpose household cleaner has been helping preppers and
homsteaders get the job done with cleaning projects:
  • Laundry: Makes your laundry detergent work better. Or
    you can make your own laundry detergent using Borax.
  • Kitchen: Eliminates kitchen odors, and makes your china
  • Bathroom: Helps remove stains and deodorizes.
  • Pest control: Borax gets rid of bugs

There are many cleaning uses of Borax and below is a
wonderfully concise video on how to use Borax by Melissa Maker
Borax is "anything but boring."
How to use Borax around the homestead
Borax Laundry kit
Above Melissa, from cleanmyspace shares her favorite uses of Borax.

According to Melissa from cleanmyspace Here is her top ten list of
uses for Borax:
  1. Toilet bowl cleaner
  2. Bug killer
  3. boosts laundry
  4. Cookware scrub
  5. Sink stain eraser
  6. Killing mold
  7. Room refresher spray
  8. Pet bed cleaner
  9. Delicates cleaner
  10. Plastic comb and brush bath
  11. Pet accidents

#2: Prepper Use of Borax: Unclog drains without
harsh chemicals.

  • Cleans your toilets. Instead of reaching for the liquid
    plumber, reach for your box of Borax. Pour a cup of Borax in
    your toilet, wait for the mixture to take effect, then flush
    down the Borax with hot water. Repeat if necessary.

#3: Prepper use of Borax: Skillet Cleaning.
Get the gunk of a skillet with a Baking soda and Borax scrub or
try Borax (Sodium Borate) and salt on your cast iron skillet.
Usually only food should stay on your cast iron skillet to season
it, but Borax is the exception of a non food item. Never put soap
on your cast iron skillet or you'll be flavoring it with sudsy soap
taste. To use the Borax and salt method, just pour the crystals
on your cast iron and scrub, then rinse with water and dry so it
won't rust. Or dilute a teaspoon of Borax with warm water to work
out the grime.

  • Clean your cookware. Use borax safely on your Lodge Cast
    Iron cookware. Coat your cast iron in oil to keep it in pristine
    shape, seasoned and ready for the next meal.

#4: Prepper Use of Borax: Candle Making.
Did you know you can make candles using Borax? If the lights go
out permanently, you'll need a way to make candles and Borax
provides the solution for
prepper candle making.

  • How to Use Borax to make candle wicks: Borax is helpful
    to preppers in candle making, specifically in making candle
    wicks. Here's how to use Borax to make your own candle
  • Dissolve 2 tablespoons salt with 4 tablespoons Borax in
    1-1/2 cups warm water.
  • Soak a 1-foot length of cotton kite string or twine in the
    solution for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Allow to dry by hanging your twine with a clothespin for
    few days.
  • Use a paper clip to dip the string in melted wax three or
    four times, coating it completely.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Use these candle wicks in a can of Crisco and you have
    an instant candle!

#5: Prepper Use of Borax: Roach and Pest Control.
There are many bugs naturally don't like Borax. In fact, some
commercially available insecticide compounds contain Borax.
Here's how to use Borax to get rid of pests:

  • Bedbugs. Sprinkle on the mattress, let sit, then vacuum.

  • Cockroaches: Put Borax on your top shelves and roaches
    won't bother you. (Roaches love the high spots of shelves of
    your kitchen cabinet.)

  • Fleas: Dust the carpet with Borax, let sit, then vacuum.

  • Mice: Sprinkle along suspected pathways, particularly along
    the walls.

  • Roaches. Sprinkle Borax on the top shelves and roaches
    won't bother you. Roaches love the high spots of shelves of
    your kitchen cabinet. Cockroaches and ants will eat it and
    carry it back to their colony and "Voila!" problem solved!

  • WARNING: Keep Borax away from meat storerooms. Sodium
    borate is a poison!

  • Warning about Borax as an insecticide: Never use
    insecticides or Borax in meat storerooms or on meat as it is
    too toxic a substance for human consumption. While boric
    acid and borax have long been used as an additive in foods
    before 1920 because it is an effective agent against yeast,
    because scientists have questioned its safety. Since it is an
    insecticide, consider it as harmful to humans when ingested.
    Essentially boron is an essential micronutrient for plants, but
    little is known about the effect of boron in humans.

#6: Prepper Use of Borax: Mold and Mildew Removal.
Borax is great for scrubbing away mold and mildew.

  • Recipe for mold and mildew: Mix Borax and bleach for a
    simple mold and mildew removal solution.

#7: Prepper Use of Borax: Rust Removal.
Borax is a natural stain remover.  The mixture removes oxidation
from metals.

  • Recipe for Borax Rust Removal: Mix Borax with lemon juice
    and scrub away the rust! Borax is an alkali (good for cutting
    grease) and lemons are acidic (good for cutting soap scum
    and hard water deposits). You'll enjoy the power of this
    lemon scrub.

#8: Prepper Use of Borax: General purpose cleaning.
Make an all purpose cleaner and save money! Just mix a few
tablespoons Borax with a cup of warm water and fill a spray

More ways to clean with Borax:

  • Toilet cleaning: Borax is an effective agent for cleaning the
    toilets without the harsh chemicals. It's environmentally
    friendly. Add some baking soda and or lemon juice for a
    thorough toilet scrub. And as previously mentioned above,
    you can unclog your toilets simultaneously. Lemons can help
    you clean in many more ways, and baking soda has many
    household applications, as well.

  • Laundry aid: Borax will soften your laundry water. Check the
    box, immediate left, it's a laundry booster. The primary use
    of Borax is as a laundry booster because it whitens and
    deodorizes. You can make a paste to apply directly to the
    stain mixing Borax with vinegar. It will naturally oxidize the
    stain away. Borax has no phosphates and no chlorine, which
    makes it a natural choice.

  • Borax Laundry detergent recipe: Borax is a white
    powder that almost looks like a detergent on its own,
    and you can make your own environmentally friendly
    laundry detergent with Borax.

  • Garbage: Disinfects and deodorizes your garbage can too.
    Just sprinkle it in.

  • Mattress: If you've had a mishap on your matress, Borax will
    help you clean the stain and remove the urine smell. Let the
    Borax absorb on top of your accident or moisten it with water
    and allow Borax to get in to tackle the stain and smell.

  • Floor cleaner: Mix Borax with Ammonia and scrub away the
    scuff marks on your floors. Mix 1/3 cup Borax with a small
    squirt of dish washing liquid, about a tablespoon of ammonia
    and a gallon of hot water and you'll have floors cleaner than

  • Dishwashing soap:
  • 2 cups borax
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup finely grained salt
  • a drop of precious essential oil (lavender, orange oil or
    lemon oil).
#9 Use of Borax: Weed killer.
Another way to use Borax around the homestead is as  weed
killer. Borax kills weeds!

Just sprinkle on the weeds, particularly those coming through the
cracks of concrete.

  • Note: While Borax is a weed killer, apparently Borax can also
    be beneficial to some plants when there is a deficiency. The
    main ingredient in Borax is boron,which is an essential micro-
    nutrient and vital to seed fertilization, and fruit  production.
    s. According to on tree fruit and nut crops, boron
    deficiency is the most widespread of all crop deficiencies.
    "Boron is the key nutrient for flowering, fruiting, and internal
    and external fruit quality." Essentially the boron moves
    nutrients and sugars from the leaves out to the fruit, and
    reduces premature fruit drop. Good to know! It also promotes
    flowering and pollination.

Bonus uses of Borax

  • Welding: Preppers who are welders may find borax as a good
    flux for welding (even as a flux for silver solder).

  • Entertain the kids:

  • Boric acid is a toxic compound containing the elements
    boron, oxygen, and hydrogen; Boric Acid, which kills roaches,
    water bugs, ants, fleas and silverfish. With boric acid
    powder, insects walk through the dust, ingest it, and die
    within hours.

  • Borax is a salt of boric acid. It's a white powder, made of
    sodium borate (a combination of sodium, oxygen and boron).

Happy endings...
With so many uses for Borax, you'll want to keep extra boxes
around the homestead.

Prepping with Borax is fun (or at least it's not boring, as Melissa
Maker explains in her video above)! You'll find a variety of ways
to use borax as a prepper. Below are some bonus ideas for how
to use Borax...

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