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Uses of 20 Mule Team® Borax


It’s impossible to count all the ways affordable 20 Mule Team® Borax improves the cleanliness, sanitation, and shine of surfaces and fabrics during rigorous cleaning tasks, as well as everyday upkeep in all the rooms of your home.


Here are a few suggestions:



Decorate your house with borax formations. Start by creating the desired shape of the formation with pipe cleaners. Twist the pipe cleaners together to make any shape imaginable. Remember to make sure the shape will fit inside the jar that will be used. Now, attach a piece of string to the top of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil or an object that can be used to hang from the jar. Next, fill a wide-mouth jar with boiling water (be careful and make sure not to touch the boiling water). Mix borax into the water one tablespoon at a time. Stir until the borax is dissolved. It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar. Use 3 tablespoons of borax for each cup of water.


Optional: If desired, add food coloring to change the color of the formation.


Insert the pipe cleaner formation into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the lip of the jar and the formation is freely suspended in the borax solution. Now all you have to do is wait overnight and by morning the formation will be covered with shiny crystals. Borax formations make great ornaments during the winter time. Also when it’s sunny outside hang it by the window as a sun-catcher.

Candle wicks


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.

Preserve Fresh Flowers


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.



Why does everyone at a party end up in the kitchen? Kitchens are the modern-day hearth. Our sanctuaries of peace and plenty, so top-shelf cleaning and sanitation is in high demand here.


For scratch-free cleaning of stains, grime, and grease throughout the kitchen, use a 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax dissolved in one gallon of hot water on sinks, counter tops, cookware, refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, and any other appliance in your arsenal. You can apply this dilution of all-natural 20 Mule Team Borax to any surface including tile, ceramic, porcelain, slate, marble, granite and stainless steel.

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.

Multi-purpose cleaning


Dilute a 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax in a 12-ounce spray bottle of water to deodorize mattresses. Use one tablespoon of 20 Mule Team Borax per gallon of water to clean your humidifier and keep it free from odors. Rinse out before using.

Carpet cleaning


Use a 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax per gallon of water in carpet steam cleaning machines.



Bathrooms are tailor made to benefit from the cleaning power that 20 Mule Team Borax has to offer.


Sprinkle 20 Mule Team Borax on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe on shower stalls, tubs, walls, and tile to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and dirt.


20 Mule Team Borax is the economical way to tackle daunting jobs like brightening grout and tile. With 20 Mule Team Borax, you don’t have to scrub and scrape to remove rings around the tub and other tough bathroom grime.


Sprinkle 1/4 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax into the bowl, then swish with your toilet brush to keep bowl and brush bacteria—and odor—free.



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.