We have used Borax for a long time and we found this article very informative. This can be unused many ways and I am sure if you research you can find more money saving tips to use with Borax! Check back as we will be posting more uses for the fabulous product.
In comparison to all the money we would have spent on different cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, etc! This has saved us a ton of money already!
The definition and what Borax is made of:
Borax is a white powder made up of boron, a naturally occurring mineral salt with acidic properties. It has been used for many years as a natural cleaner, laundry booster and disinfectant; it is also used in small doses as a preservative, such as in makeup products. While toxic in large doses, requiring care in its handling, it can also kill bugs, fungus and weeds, making it an ideal tool for vegetable gardeners.
Below are several uses for Borax!
Ants can wreak havoc in a garden once they know free food is available. Make your own ant bait traps with borax, a little sugar and enough water to make a paste. The mixture can be spread on plastic lids and placed around the garden; scout ants will eat the mixture and take it back to the colony and the queen. As this mixture is slow acting, the scouts have time to poison the entire colony before succumbing to the borax poisoning. In addition, the mixture will entice the ants to leave the garden alone and work on the sweet paste instead of the vegetables.
Unless used in small amounts — such as 1/2 teaspoon in a gallon of water — Borax is toxic to plants. Borax can be sprinkled directly onto weeds and even invasive ground ivy as a natural herbicide — but be careful to avoid sprinkling it onto any vegetable plants; it is not discriminatory and kills any plant. It should be applied when rain is not in the forecast for several days for the best results. Or mix 1/2 cup of borax in a gallon of water and apply to the base of weeds to act as a liquid herbicide on the roots.
While borax in large doses kills unwanted plants, in small doses it can be a soil booster — especially in sandy soils that may be mineral deficient. A large vegetable garden of 1,000 square feet can safely benefit from 6 to 7 tablespoons of borax mixed in at tilling, either directly or diluted in water. Fruit trees — such as apples — benefit from the effects of borax, which not only fertilizes but can assist in fighting off rot and fruit-pitting.
Borax is a laundry booster and stain remover; washing dirty gardening gloves — especially colors that cannot be bleached — is made easier by soaking them in a gallon of water mixed with 1/4 cup of borax; rinse and allow them to air dry. Mixing 1/2 cup of borax with a gallon of hot water makes a natural disinfectant; use it to wash garden tools or gardening pots, rinse and allow them to air dry. Since borax is also a natural deodorizer, unwanted odors are also neutralized.
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I hope you have enjoyed reading these uses for Borax. If you have other uses please feel free to leave them in the comment section below!
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