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What on Earth is 20 Mule Team® Borax?

20 Mule Team® Borax is an amazing, all-natural mineral found in all corners of the globe, and is used to help with cleaning, laundry, garden work, DIY crafting, and more!

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Ingredients: Sodium tetraborate (a natural mineral)

Laundry Booster

Add to every load along with your regular detergent to improve the cleaning power of detergent, help remove tough stains, and deodorize and freshen. 20 Mule Team® Borax is also a natural alternative to ColorSafe Bleach, and naturally softens hard water.

  • Soak items in 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team® Borax and warm water
  • Follow-up with a hot or warm water wash, adding 1/2 cup of Borax along with your regular detergent
  • Dissolve 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team® Borax and 1-2 teaspoons of detergent in a basin of warm water
  • Soak delicates for 20 minutes, then rinse in cool water
  • Blot items with a towel and lay flat to dry
  • Works great on tough stains including tomato sauce, oil/grease, grass, and ground-in dirt
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Borax per gallon of water or 1/2 cup in washer
  • Pre-soak for at least 30 minutes before washing
  • Help your detergent to work more effectively by conditioning the water and removing hard water stains
  • Add 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team® Borax with your regular detergent to get cleaner, fresher-smelling-cloths

Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer

Sprinkle 20 Mule Team® Borax on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe on counters and appliances. It removes grease and grime and makes dishes sparkling clean.

  • Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons in the food waste disposal and/or drain
  • Let it stand for at least 15 minutes, then flush with water for a few seconds (with the disposal on)
  • Boost the cleaning power of your dishwashing detergent by removing hard water minerals and residues from the wash water
  • Add 1/4 cup of Borax in the bottom of the dishwasher to reduct spots and film from dishes and glasses

Bathroom Cleaner and Deodorizer

Sprinkle 20 Mule Team® Borax on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe on shower/tub/tile. It cleans without chemical fumes or scratching (great for porcelain and fiberglass). Removes soap scum, hard water deposits and dirt. Helps eliminate odor and freshens.

  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup of 20 Mule Team® Borax into the bowl, then swish with your toilet brush
  • Let it stand for 30 minutes or overnight
  • Boost the cleaning power of your dishwashing detergent by removing hard water minerals and residues from the wash water
  • Add 1/4 cup of Borax in the bottom of the dishwasher to reduct spots and film from dishes and glasses
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Tell me the science

As a detergent booster, 20 Mule Team® Borax acts by raising pH levels of water closer to neutral. In other words, Borax softens water.

“20 Mule Team® Borax is amazing!”

Now tell me the magic

Families have been using Borax for all sorts of things such as cleaning, laundry, preserving flowers, DIY crafting, and more! The possibilities are endless.

The History of 20 Mule Team® Borax

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  • 1881


    Sodium Borate discovered in Death Valley

  • 1883


    20 Mule teams created to transport sodium borate

  • 1890


    Pacific Coast Borax Company was formed

  • 1891


    "20 Mule Team" was added onto the box

  • 1930


    Death Valley Days radio anthology was released

  • 1945


    Death Valley radio show ends

  • 1952


    Death Valley Days television show was released

  • 1967


    Borax was acquired by Rio Tinto

  • 1975


    Death Valley Days television show ends

  • 1988


    20 Mule Team acquired by Dial Corporation

Today

Millions of people use 20 Mule Team® Borax in their homes

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