Time For Spring Cleaning
Spring has arrived and many will again be asking where to buy borax. Yes, many people, spring means house cleaning. And borax is one of the miracle cleaners you need.
And if you’re like me, then you may already have this. And also, some of these cleaners in disguise.
Like toothpaste which is a mild abrasive, a detergent and an antibacterial agent that you can use for stain removal. You can use it to clean acrylic, chrome and scuffed linoleum. It will dislodge dirt and polish the surface.
Also, cooking oil can make a scrubber’s paste with oil and salt to remove baked-on debris on cast iron and other cookware.
If you need to clean leather shoes, wash the dirt off with water, then restore the shine by rubbing in a small amount of oil and buffing the shoes with a cloth until they shine.
Make your own polish by having 2 cups of olive or vegetable oil with the juice of 1 lemon. Work it in with a soft cloth.
Now, as we said, borax is an old-fashioned cleaner that can still do the job. If you add it to your laundry, it makes detergents even more effective. It is alkaline, so it does a great job of killing molds and fungus.
Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax in a gallon of hot water and transfer it into a spray bottle. Spray on the cabinet, stove or other surface, allow it to set for a few minutes and wipe with a damp cloth.
If your dishwasher is retaining the smells from last night’s supper, sprinkle borax in the bottom and let it set for a few hours. You don’t need to remove it, just load dirty dishes and turn the dishwasher on.
A final hint for borax is particularly important to those of us who have rust in our water. If your toilet bowl is looking rusty, sprinkle borax in the bowl and let it set overnight. It will reduce rust stains.
Cleaning after a long winter is a rite of spring, but it doesn’t have to break the bank or be an onerous project.