If you’re using borax in your cleaning recipes now, you may want to consider alternatives. Here are some ideas to replace common cleaning homemade cleaning recipes that include borax
1. Soft Scrub
Mixing up a soft scrub doesn’t have to be complicated or really take any time at all. To scrub surfaces like tubs, tile, and sinks, all that you need are baking soda and water. Just sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda and add just enough water to moisten. Grab a rag, and you’re ready to scrub!
Like with any soft scrub, you’ll want to test a small area before scrubbing the whole surface, to make sure it doesn’t scratch.
2. All Purpose Cleaner
When you’re wiping down surfaces like counter tops, you want to gently degrease and disinfect. To make a simple, borax-free all purpose cleaner, just combine 1 part water with 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle, and use it just like you would any all-purpose cleaner.
The vinegar smell will evaporate within an hour or so of cleaning at the most, but if you can’t stand the vinegar smell, try adding 10-15 drops of essential oil to the mix. Something citrusy like lemon or orange covers the vinegar smell up nicely!
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3. Laundry Stain Remover
The most common use for borax is probably removing laundry stains. Instead, try pre-soaking your tough stains in a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar for 10-15 minutes before washing.
4. Toilet Cleaner
You don’t need borax to clean the toilet! Next time, just sprinkle the bowl liberally with baking soda, then follow with about a cup of full-strength white vinegar. Close the lid and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then flush. Any remaining residue should wipe away easily with your toilet scrubber.
5. Pan Degreaser
Soak your pans with a few tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice to break up grease without any borax!
I bet that you guys make your own cleaning supplies, too. What’s your favorite borax-free recipe?
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