Now that we are in full swing of the warmer months, we spend more time outside gardening and playing. And for me, that means my clothes get grubbier much more than any other time of the year. I am always out in the gardens playing in the dirt.
My dirty little secret, well, I mean dirty laundry secret, is I have used 20 Mule Team Borax for years as a laundry detergent booster.
Did you know that 20 Mule Team Borax is 100% natural? It is a mineral from the Earth. Borax is the common name for Sodium tetraborate which is a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. Nothing is added to 20 Mule Team Borax.
20 Mule Team Borax boosts your laundry detergent in a couple of ways.
- Naturally softens hard water and improves your detergent’s cleaning power.
- Helps keep stains from being re-deposited back onto your clothes.
- Borax is an all natural alternative to color-safe bleach
- Borax controls laundry odor (yes, I am talking sweat!)
And it isn’t just for laundry!
Over the past hundred years, 20 Mule Team® Borax has had many uses. In addition to being a powerful detergent booster, 20 Mule Team Borax can be used to control odors all over the home. The following is a list of places in the home that may benefit from 20 Mule Team Borax’s odor control properties:
20 Mule Team Borax is excellent for cleaning and deodorizing your refrigerator. Lingering odors and spilled food can be washed away with a sponge or soft cloth using a solution of 1 tablespoon of 20 Mule Team Borax to a quart of warm water. Then rinse again with cold water.
20 Mule Team Borax helps deodorize food waste disposals by neutralizing acidic odors. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons in the drain, let stand for at least 15 minutes, then flush with water while turning on the disposal. You can also use this treatment in regular sink drains.
To deodorize your toilet bowl, sprinkle a 1/4 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax into the bowl. Swish with your toilet brush and let stand for at least 30 minutes (overnight is even better). Toilet bowl brushes can benefit from an occasional 20 Mule Team Borax soak as well.
Floors and Rugs
Neutralize extreme odors and stains such as urine and spilled milk by dampening the spot and sprinkling 20 Mule Team Borax on it. Rub into affected areas and let dry. Brush or vacuum to remove 20 Mule Team Borax after stain disappears.
Dishes, pots, and pans
Add a half cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to reduce water spotting, remove grime, and put a shine on dishes, utensils, pots, and pans.
Dishwasher detergent boosting
Increase the power of your dishwasher detergent by sprinkling a 1/4 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax onto the bottom of the dishwasher to reduce spots and film on dishes and glasses.
Important note: Before treating carpet or upholstery, test an unexposed area with 20 Mule Team Borax to make sure the dye is colorfast to accommodate treatments
All-natural, affordable 20 Mule Team Borax keeps pet-cleaning tools, car carriers, and all pet areas odor-free and sparkling with natural cleanliness.
Spray pet beds, wipe down pet carriers, or soak pet cleaning tools in a half cup of 20 Mule Team Borax.
Fresh-cut flowers of many varieties may be permanently preserved. 20 Mule Team Borax removes moisture from blossoms and leaves, thereby preventing the wilting which would normally result. Two different mixtures (by weight) are recommended: two parts 20 Mule Team Borax and one part dry white sand, or one part 20 Mule Team Borax and two parts corn meal.
Begin by cutting flowers which are as free from surface moisture as possible. The stem may be left attached or removed below base of the calyx. (Calyx is the green leafy part of the flower—a cup-like area above the stem.) Sprinkle Borax mixture into an empty box (a shoe box is ideal) and place flower and leaves, if desired, on the mixture. Gently cover the flower with additional mixture, being careful not to crush or distort the petals. Some flowers that have a large number of overlapping petals, such as roses and carnations, are best treated by sprinkling mixture directly into the blossom before placing them into the box. When completely covered, there should be no air space around the flower. For easy removal, use two flowers per box maximum, depending on flower size. Seal the box with tape and store at room temperature in a dry place for seven to ten days. (Experimentation will perhaps shorten this waiting period by several days depending on climate and type of flower.)
After flowers are dried, remove by slowly pouring the mixture from the box until enough of the flower appears and can be secured with two fingers. Pour off remaining mixture until flower can be removed without damage. Clean off any clinging materials with a soft artist’s brush. Whole petals which have been broken off may be glued back in place. The mixture may be used over again. Strain it to remove flower and foliage debris, then store in a cool, dry place.
NOTE: This process may not work on flowers that have been cut and placed in a water solution or preservative to keep them fresh. Cut flowers purchased from florists, for example, may not be suitable for this process if such a solution has been used.
If you make your own candles, here’s a special treatment for the wicks that will help reduce ash and eliminate smoke problems.
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of table salt and 3 tablespoons of 20 Mule Team Borax in one cup of warm water. Soak heavy twine, such as butcher’s twine for large candles, in the solution for at least 24 hours. Allow twine to thoroughly dry before using to make candles. If you don’t have a candle recipe on file, consult your local library for information. They probably have an abundance of good references in their arts and crafts division.
I bet you didn’t know all that did you? 20 Team Borax really is a work
horse Mule around the house!
I really try to keep as much of my cleaning supplies 100% natural as possible. And when a product like this has multiple uses, it is definitely something I like to have in my home.
The folks at 20 Mule Team Borax would like to offer THREE of my readers the opportunity to try this product FREE!
How to win:
- Leave a comment on this post letting me know that you would like to be entered and try 20 Mule Team Borax.
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This giveaway ends June 15, 2013. I will announce the winners on June 16 (Father’s Day!). If you are a winner, please leave a comment on the “Winner’s Post” and send me an email with your name and mailing address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks and good luck!
Disclosure: Borax provided me with a free box of this product along with 3 coupons for giveaways so I could review and host a giveaway of this product. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.