9 Awesome Uses for Borax Substitute
Bad Borax, Good Natural Borax.
Borax (also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate) is a mineral compound consisting of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water molecules. It has a wide range of uses, primarily in cleaning, laundry, and as a household additive. However, its availability and usage have been subject to regulations due to concerns about its potential health and environmental effects, so we can’t actually get Borax in the UK anymore (and that's a good thing).
But don’t lose hope, because we have a natural, Borax Substitute instead that is made with sodium sesqui carbonate. It still has the great natural cleaning powers you want andis just as effective a multitasker. It’s also considered a more environmentally friendly option.
Here are some great uses of Borax Substitute in your home!1. Laundry Booster
Just like borax, borax substitute can help boost the cleaning power of your laundry detergent. Add a small amount (about two teaspoons) to your wash cycle to help remove stains and brighten whites. It can help remove stains from your clothing, make your white garments brighter and soften water; making your detergent more effective even at low temperatures!2. General Household Cleaner
Create a cleaning solution by simply mixing borax substitute with water, lemon juice or distilled white vinegar. This will create an abrasive multi-purpose cleaning solution that can be used to clean surfaces like countertops, sinks, and bathroom fixtures. You can even add essential oils to your solution for a more pleasant scent to make your home smell like you've cleaned it!3. Carpet Deodoriser
Carpets smell because their fibers trap the surrounding odors. Borax Subsitute in its powder form can really get in there to help. Simply sprinkle a thin layer of borax substitute on your carpets, leave it for 10 minutes before vacuuming to help eliminate odours.
Rather than spending lots of time and getting messy scrubbing the toilet bowl, simply add a handful of Borax Substitute to the toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. Give the surface a gentle, quick scrub with a brush and flush away the residue the next morning!5. Dishwasher Cleaner
Run an empty dishwasher with a small amount of borax substitute to help clean and deodorise the machine.6. Removing Mould and Mildew
Create a paste using borax substitute and water, and apply it to areas with mold and mildew. Scrub gently and rinse thoroughly.
Whether it is on clothing, curtains or other machine-washable soft furnishings, Borax Substitute can be used to remove stubborn stains. Mix borax substitute with just enough water to create a paste. Rub this paste onto the stain and leave to soak. Wipe the excess paste away before washing the item as you would normally.
Grubby laundry? Add around 150g of Borax Substitute to a washing up bowl of warm water and soak the clothes before putting them through the wash. Of course, we recommend doing a check on a small hidden area of your clothing for colour fastness before doing so.9. Preventing Limescale
Use borax substitute to clean and prevent limescale buildup in kettles, coffee makers, and other appliances that come into contact with water.
These are just some of the amazing uses you can find in this natural, environmental friendly Borax Substitute. If you're looking for Borax Borax just like your grandmother used to use, sorry! You can’t buy Borax anymore in the UK, but that’s ok because there are these safer, more eco-friendly alternative products you can use instead that work just as well!
Do keep in mind that sometimes cleaning can take an age if you’re working with old and stubborn stains, so don’t expect miracles but be patient and work with your chosen alternative. Whilst it is considered safer, remember to always follow the instructions on the packaging of a product before you use it. And keep all cleaning goods away from children and pets!