I’m a cleaning pro – the $5 hero product you need for everything from laundry to floor cleaning
26th May 2022

CLEANING your whole home doesn't require a cabinet full of specialty sprays and expensive tools.

According to one cleaning expert, a single product can defeat almost any mess, mildew, or stain, and a hefty box of the product is only $5.

Even though you've probably seen boxes of borax in laundry rooms, you might not realize how powerful the inexpensive product can be when cleaning any room of your home.

Speaking to Insider, Fredrika Syren, author of Zero Waste for Families, detailed the wide range of uses for the workhouse cleaning product.

"It is ideal for cleaning and safe to clean almost everything," Syren said.

Try using borax to beat stains, get rid of mildew, and even remove rust from garden tools.


No matter how deep – or how strange – the stain, borax is on the job.

The super-powered powder is strong enough to melt away crayon wax and lift pen ink.

If your child scribbles on the walls, use a tablespoon of borax mixed into a cup of warm water, Syren advised.

Apply the solution to the wall and let it sit for ten minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.

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You might want to spot-treat the area beforehand and test the solution to make sure it's not too harsh.

Borax is also great for lifting stains from carpets or mattresses, and Syren said it's great for combating acidic stains like tomato sauce.

Spray the area with water or vinegar, then sprinkle a pinch of borax over the top.

Work the powder in, using a circular motion, with a sponge or rag. After it dries down, vacuum any remaining borax away.


Prepare your whole home for guests by using borax in every room.

Start in the bathroom by sprinkling a half-cup of borax into your toilet bowl, then let it sit for an hour (or overnight if you've got hard water stains).

While you wait for it to work, create a mix of one part borax and two parts baking soda, with a splash of vinegar.

Apply it to the grout on your bathroom or kitchen tile, then wipe away after twenty minutes.


Not only does borax work in every room of your house, but it also works outside the home.

For example, you can use borax to remove rust from metal garden tools or furniture.

Make a one-to-one mixture of borax and a mildly acidic liquid, like vinegar or lemon oil.

Wearing gloves, coat the rusted area in the mixture. After an hour, wipe it away with a damp microfiber cloth.

You can also use a borax-based all-purpose cleaner on outdoor furniture and even windows.

Mix a teaspoon of borax, a teaspoon of Castile soap, and two tablespoons of vinegar into hot water.

Once it's cooled, pour it into a spray bottle; it will keep for three months.


You can cut through bad odors and freshen up your home with borax, Syren said.

In humid environments, mildew can leave your bathroom or basement smelling musty.

Mix a gallon of warm water with a half-cup of borax, then spray it on any areas with mildew.

Once it's dried, you have two options: you can wipe it away with a damp cloth, or leave the dried mixture in place to prevent future mildew growth.

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To eliminate odors in your kitchen, take a tablespoon of borax and sprinkle it down the garbage disposal.

After an hour, run hot water for two minutes and run the disposal to get rid of the buildup that creates odors.

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