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Uses For Borax Powder For Cleaning, Laundry, Stain Removal And More

October 23, 2011

Borax is a trade name for a naturally occuring mineral also known as sodium borate.

borax powder

It is actually mined from the earth and then partially dehydrated and crushed up to be sold as borax.

People have been using borax for over 100 years to clean their home and for use in their laundry.

Although it has been around for a long time it doesn’t seem to be widely know what you can use borax for.

The article below attempts to answer this question, and provide recipes and instructions for ways to use borax powder throughout your home for cleaning, stain removal, laundry, and even for pest control.

Borax Laundry Uses

Borax can be used in your laundry in many ways, from softening hard water, deodorizing, and as a soak for delicates.

It can even be part of recipes for homemade laundry detergent.

Laundry Booster – Softens Hard Water

Borax is billed as an “all natural laundry booster.”

What it means by that is that when you add borax to your wash it helps improve the effectiveness of the laundry detergent by conditioning, or softening the water so that the laundry detergent can do its job more easily.

To use borax as a laundry booster just add 1/2 cup of borax to each load of laundry (3/4 cup for large loads) along with your regular detergent.

Deodorizes Laundry

Borax also helps deodorize your laundry as you use it in the wash.

Borax For Soaking Delicates

You can soak delicate clothing in a solution of borax and detergent to wash it without putting it into the washing machine.


  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 2 tablespoons mild laundry detergent
  • Tub or sink of warm water


Combine the ingredients in the sink or tub where you will soak the delicate clothing, and add the clothing where it should soak for about half an hour. Then, rinse the delicates in cool water and air dry them.

Borax Stain Removal Uses

Borax not only helps laundry detergent work better, as discussed above, it also helps remove baby stains, laundry stains and carpet stains.

Cloth Diaper Soak

Borax is a great cloth diaper soak. Just add a 1/2 cup of borax to the diaper pail water and let it presoak until you are ready to wash the diapers.

Then, wash the diapers in hot water and your regular detergent, adding a 1/2 cup of borax to the wash water.

Laundry Stains

Borax also can be used for other laundry stains, such as tomato sauce, chocolate, and dirt stains.

You can presoak the stained clothing in a solution of 1 tablespoon of borax to every gallon of water for at least half an hour first, or if you presoak directly in the washer add 1/2 cup of borax to the water.

Here are some additional articles on which discuss using borax for laundry stain removal:

Carpet Stains

Finally, you can use borax to remove stains from your carpet. Click here for information on how to use borax to clean carpet, including a recipe for borax carpet stain remover.

Borax Cleaning Uses

Borax can be used as an ingredient in many different homemade cleaning recipes for around your home. These include:

Toilet Bowl Cleaner


  • 1/4 cup borax

Directions: Sprinkle the borax into the toilet bowl and use your toilet brush to scrub it around. Next, let the borax sit for at least half an hour (or even longer) and then flush.

Click here to see even more homemade toilet cleaners recipes using borax.

Clean Your Bathroom And Kitchen

You can sprinkle borax powder onto a damp sponge and wipe down your bathroom surfaces, like tile, bathtub, shower, porcelain and fiberglass, and also your kitchen counters and the surface of your kitchen appliances to clean, deodorize, and also remove soap scum and hard water film.

Clean The Inside Of Your Dishwasher

Periodically your dishwasher should be cleaned to get rid of detergent residue and hard water stains.

You can do this by adding a 1/4 cup of borax to the bottom of the dishwasher and running it on empty, with the hottest water possible.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Here is a video giving tips for how to use borax to clean your garbage disposal.

Other Homemade Cleaner Recipes Using Borax As An Ingredient

Here are some additional homemade cleaning recipes where borax is an ingredient:

Pest Control Uses For Borax

Another use for borax powder is to control certain pests in your home.

Check out this video giving tips for using borax to get rid of fleas in your carpe


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