Use Borax in the Kitchen

Edited by Sarah Maloney, Eng, Inukshuk

If you're like me the cupboard under your kitchen sink is the unattractive and repelling of all cupboards. Every week after shopping I slowly open the door, throw in the new cleaning supplies and close it as quick as I can. It's dark, it's dank and sometimes it smells unpleasant and almost nauseating Between the forgotten bag of onions, empty cans of tuna thrown in the recycling and the drain that occasionally clogs there is a lot that can go wrong under there. About once a month I pull everything out, throw out the pathetic and forgotten onions and take inventory of the cleaning supplies. And there are a lot of supplies. From window cleaner to dish detergent, all purpose cleaner to stainless steel polish, furniture polish and stove cleaner, the cupboard under my sink has a more varied and adequate reserve than my makeup case.

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Which is why I get so excited when I find a multi-use cleaning product that actually works. My favourite multi-use cleaning product that is all natural, effective, sanitizes and is affordable is Borax. This article will show you how to use Borax in the kitchen. You will be astonished at all the effective cleaning the little innocuous powder can handle. If you want to learn more about Borax including the history and science, check out my other VisiHow article Use Borax in the Bathroom.

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Using Borax in the Kitchen

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There are multiple uses for Borax once you read them all you're be replacing many of your cleaning supply bottles with all natural Borax.

Unclog Drains

Even the most careful of cooks sometimes end up with clogged drains. This can be a nuisance in the kitchen and most people to keep drain cleaner on head. Borax is great for unclogging even the most obstinate kitchen drains.

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    Pour 1 cup of Borax down the drain
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    If the clog has caused standing water, scoop out as much as possible and get the Borax as close to the drain as possible.
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    Let the Borax sit for 20 minutes
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    Pour 3 cups of boiling water down the drain
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Get a Sparkly Shiny Looks Good As New Sink

I have never found a product that leaves the sparkly shine that Borax does and it's non-abrasive.

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    Sprinkle Borax around your sink
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    Using a cloth or scrub brush, scrub it around
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    Rinse
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Deodorize your Fridge

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    Place ½ cup of Borax into a cup or jar or other container
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    Place it in your fridge
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    The Borax will absorb odours.
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    Replace monthly
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Clean your Pots and Pans

A lot of pots have very specific cleaning instructions to avoid scratching or damage. Borax is non abrasive and can be used on most pots delivering cleaning power on even the more caked on messes.

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    Sprinkle in ¼ cup of Borax into the bottom of the pot or pan
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    Add ¼ of salt
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    Use a cloth or non abrasive scrub brush to scrub
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    Rinse
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Goo and Glop Remover

Use to remove stickers and sticker residue from items, gum and grease.

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    Mix ½ cup of Borax into ¼ cup of water
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    Use the mixture to scrub off goo and glop
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Floor Cleaner

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    Add ½ cup of Borax, ¼ cup of baking soda, 1tbsp of dish soap and 2 cups of warm water to your mop bucket
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    Stir with the mop and clean away.
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Dishwasher Detergent

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    Mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 cup of Baking Soda and ¼ cup of salt
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    If you want to make scented dishwasher detergent my secret ingredient is actually a dried lemonade flavoured drink pack (such as KoolAid)
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    Just ensure the package does not contain sugar.
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    Mix all ingredients and use as you would dishwasher detergent
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    You can also use Borax in addition to commercial dishwasher detergent, it gives the wash a boost and is excellent removing water stains
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    Just sprinkle a bit into your dishwasher with the detergent.
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Discourage Pests

Pests hate Borax. Sprinkle it around the kitchen at access points (behind the stove and fridge, spaces in the wall) to deter mice, rats, ants and other creepy crawlies.

Clean Dishes

If you have old dishes you inherited from Grandma that have started to turn yellow or vases that have discolouration on the bottom, soak them in 1 cup of Borax to 3 cups of warm water for about an hour. Don't scrub, the Borax will do the work. If you don't see any improvement, soak longer up to 6 hours, then rinse.

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Kettle Cleaner

Clean your kettle? Really? It just boils water, how dirty can it be? Well, take a look inside yours, I guarantee there's water stains and residue.

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    Put 1 tsp Borax into the kettle
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    Add 1 tsp laundry detergent.
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    Fill with water
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    Turn on the kettle and boil
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    Turn off, let the water cool and rinse
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All Purpose Cleaner

For an all natural all purpose cleaner you can use on your counter tops, in the sink, baseboards and walls, grab a spray bottle and add a few ingredients.

  • 4 tbsp Borax.
  • 4bsp vinegar.
  • 4 cups of warm water.
  • 1tbsp of liquid dish detergent.
  • 10 drops of essential oil for scent (optional).
  • Spray bottle (minimum 30oz bottle). New bottles are best and are inexpensive buys at your local home store.
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    Place ingredients into a spray bottle
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    Shake and Spray
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    Wipe with a damp cloth.
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Put out Fires

Borax can be use to put out grease fires or camp fires. Simply sprinkle onto the fire and the flames will die out.

Garbage Deodorizer

Sprinkle Borax in the bottom of your garbage can, it will get rid of all the stinky kitchen waste smells.

Flower Preserver

If you want to dry your bouquet of flowers and display them eternally, a simple dry mixture will preserve them beautifully.

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    Mix 2 parts Borax with 1 part sand or 1 part cornmeal
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    Cut the flowers and place them in a box
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    Close the box tightly
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    Leave in a cool dark place for 7-10 days
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    When you open the box you will find magnificent dried and preserved flowers to flaunt and exhibit.
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