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5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Borax

published Mar 2, 2011
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Borax is an all-purpose cleaner that your grandmother may have used. Because it’s economical, disinfecting, and more natural than big-name cleaners, it’s still a good choice today. You may already use it as a laundry booster, but you can bring it into your kitchen cleaning routine too. Here’s how:

All-Purpose Spray: Dissolve 2 teaspoons of borax into 4 cups of hot water. Mix with 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 4 tablespoons of vinegar for an all-purpose spray you can use to clean countertops, appliances, the backsplash…
Floors: Mix 2 tablespoons of borax with a gallon of warm water for mopping tile or vinyl flooring.
Garbage Disposal: Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain, let it sit for fifteen minutes, then run the garbage disposal with hot water.
Dishwasher: Sprinkle 1/4 cup of borax into the bottom of your dishwasher (in addition to your normal dishwashing product). It will clean the dishwasher itself and leave glassware clear and spotless.
Scrubbing Paste: Make a paste of 1 cup of borax and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Use the paste to scrub out stains on stainless steel or porcelain kitchen sinks and fixtures.

Want to use borax in your kitchen? I recently purchased the 20 Mule Team brand at Ace Hardware for about $5. I was told this was the only place in town to find it. Do you know where else to find borax, or other ways to use it in the kitchen? Please share below!

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