Borax around the homestead

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Borax around the homestead
How Preppers use Borax

Borax is a white powder, made of sodium borate, which is made
up of sodium, oxygen and boron. It's a naturally occurring
mineral! (Don't confuse it with
Boric Acid, which is a man-made
chemical). 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

Our article of prepper uses is below, but we just had to share
with you first the many cleaning uses of Borax! So here goes...
Here's a wonderfully concise video on how to use Borax by
Melissa Maker:

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

Since 1891, Borax, the natural laundry booster and multi-
purpose household cleaner has been helping Americans get the
job done:
  • 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.

Eight Prepper Uses of Borax

#1: 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.

#2: 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.

#3: Prepper Use of Borax: Candle Making.
If the lights go out permanently, you'll need a way to make
candles and Borax provides the solution for
prepper candle

  • 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!

#4: 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.

  • 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

#5: Prepper Use of Borax: Mold and Mildew

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

#6: 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.

#7: 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 Cinderella.

  • 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).

#8 Use of Borax: 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 deficiencie"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

  • Sprinkle Borax (sodium borate). Borax is a naturally
    occurring mineral. 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

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

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:

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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