I grew up with my parents and grandparents talking about 20 Mule Team Borax and all of its mystical powers of bug deterrence.
What is Borax anyway?
Here comes the science, brace yourself:
Borax is a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes.
What does Borax do?
Well, besides my family's insistence that it keeps critters away, it is a water softener and laundry booster.
I keep a box around the house to make my own laundry detergent.
I tried it as a laundry booster the other day to get the chocolate and lipstick stains off of my white napkins that I used for brunch. Why did I use white napkins for brunch? It worked brilliantly!
I just put the napkins, some of my homemade laundry detergent, Borax, and some water in a bowl and left it overnight. When I laundered them the next day, everything was nice and bright with no signs of new stains.
Oh, and as for the bug repellent - sprinkle Borax around the perimeter of your house (inside and out.) Critters that you don't want to live in your house don't like it and it is non-toxic to the critters that do live in your house.
My sweet friend over at Saving Myself Silly even made Flubber using Borax! This is versatile stuff!
If you want to try Borax for yourself you can either try for a free box in their Fresh Year, Fresher Laundry Sweepstakes or you could try for a coupon for a FREE box via the rafflecopter below.
Please note that the winner has 3 days after being contacted to respond before a new name is drawn. Good luck!
I was sent a box of Borax to facilitate my review. All opinions and non-stained napkins are my own.
Thanks to all the participants. The winners have been contacted.
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I haven't tried it yet. Sounds good.ReplyDelete
I use it in my homemade laundry detergentReplyDelete
I use it to whiten my laundry.ReplyDelete
I haven't used borax yet, but I have a recipe for homemade laundry detergent that I will try and make this year! This would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway! :)ReplyDelete
I use it as a sprinkle on carpets and dog bedding to take cre of fleas.ReplyDelete
They must have finally changed the packaging? I remember borax with a cute cowgirl?ReplyDelete
never used it but want to tryReplyDelete
I want to make my own laundry detergentReplyDelete
Laundry soap. Cantonbrandy@yahoo.comReplyDelete
never used it but have seen it in a lot of recipes for household products so i'm interestedReplyDelete
I've never used borax.ReplyDelete
Yes, we make our own laundry detergent using Borax!ReplyDelete
Never used it but I'm intrigued, I'd like to try making laundry detergent!ReplyDelete
I make my own laundry detergent with boraxReplyDelete
I've never used it, but I'd love to try adding it to my laundry.ReplyDelete
chipper101 at hotmail dot com
I've never used it, but would like to try it.ReplyDelete
I have never used it, but would love to give it a shot!ReplyDelete
I have not, but Id like to use it for homemade laundry soapReplyDelete
I have used Borax in the past for laundry.ReplyDelete
We use it in our laundry a lot and we've also used it for growing crystals (:ReplyDelete
Yes! I have used it to make slime for a Halloween party and to make dishwasher soap.ReplyDelete
I use it as a water softner. email@example.comReplyDelete
haven't tried...sounds great!ReplyDelete
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I've never tried it but am interested in making my own laundry detergent.ReplyDelete
I make my own laundry detergent, and it's wonderful to have a big batch that lasts me 6-7 months at a time!ReplyDelete
I have never used it, but I heard this stuff is great.ReplyDelete
I have never used itReplyDelete
I use it in my homemade laundry detergent recipe.ReplyDelete
Not yet, but I would make cleaning products!ReplyDelete
I have never used it before. I see that it can be used on carpets, which is probably the first thing I will try.ReplyDelete
I use it in my laundry, dishes, for activities with kids (flubber, crystal ABC's, and we are going to try bouncy balls). It also to red fingernail polish out of my carpet that my daughter spilled. I love the stuff!ReplyDelete
I use Borax for cleaning my bathroom, as a laundry booster, and for getting rid of ants.ReplyDelete
the first time I ever used it was at a Boy Scout den meeting with my son. They made flubber with itReplyDelete
I have never used Borax but it sounds like an awesome product!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.ReplyDelete
Never used it but wiuld love to try!ReplyDelete
I have never used BoraxReplyDelete
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Yes I have. I use it to make my own dishwasher detergent and works very nicely!ReplyDelete
I have used it to make laundry detergent. I've used it as a laundry booster too.ReplyDelete
Never used itReplyDelete
I have used Borax to make my own laundry detergent and it works great!ReplyDelete
terri.moore 30 at yahoo dot com
I have never used it beforeReplyDelete
I never have used it before but, I sure would like to try it and possibly start making my own laundry detergent.ReplyDelete
No, I have not.ReplyDelete
I use it to make my own laundry soap! Awesome stuff!ReplyDelete
ive used it to make cloth diaper safe laundry soap!ReplyDelete
I have never even heard of this- but I love how useful it is!ReplyDelete
I have never triedReplyDelete
I use borax in my laundryReplyDelete
I've used it in my laundry:) anneReplyDelete
Haven't tried it...yet!ReplyDelete
I use it to make my laundry detergent /and with a drop/of Dawn dish soap, 1/4 cup of vinegar and hot water for a degreeser and floor cleaner. I use it everydayReplyDelete
I use Borax a lot. I make laundry detergent and household cleaners with it.ReplyDelete
Never used it beforeReplyDelete
I have not used it but I have been wanting to try it :)ReplyDelete
have not used before, but with a brand new grandbaby, would love to try!ReplyDelete
I've never used it...I had no idea it was so versatileReplyDelete
I have as a laundry booster, ingred. in homemade laundry soap and as a soakReplyDelete
I use Borax in my laundry and to clean my toilets.ReplyDelete
I have never used it and would love to try it. Thanks.ReplyDelete
I have not used it beforeReplyDelete
I use it all of the time. I make my own laundry detergent with it. I also make dishwasher detergent with it. I use it to freshen carpets. It's a fantastic stain remover! I love Borax!!ReplyDelete
I started using it as a laundry booster after I had portion of a box left over from teaching a middle school science day where we made "gak" or "flubber."ReplyDelete
TheSavySue(at)yahoo(dot)com I use it for my tough laundry!ReplyDelete
I have used Borax for many things for many years. very versatile!ReplyDelete
I am also almost out, so a win would be a blessing, thanks!
I have never used them before. Thank youReplyDelete
I make laundry soap.ReplyDelete
I've never used it so I'm excited to try it.ReplyDelete
I used it as an additional to laundry detergent :)ReplyDelete
I use it in my homemade laundry detergent.ReplyDelete
I haven't, but my mom has told me a lot of uses for it, and I am anxious to try to use it as a cleaner for my carpets!ReplyDelete
Nope, but my mom used it when I was growing upReplyDelete
I have used Borax before in my wash.ReplyDelete