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Borax Powder: What is it and How Is It Used?

Borax powder is a cleaning agent that has been around for centuries. Used in everything from pottery glaze to toilet cleaner, many mums add borax to the laundry in addition to Surf excel Matic to brighten whites and help remove stains. But what is borax powder exactly, and how can you use it in your daily cleaning routines?

Here is our quick guide to borax and its many uses for Matic Mums.

Borax Powder and Borax Uses

Borax (sodium tetraborate) is a naturally-occurring mineral which is mined from the ground. In powder form, Borax looks like white or colourless crystals There are multiple borax uses around the home, as borax is an ingredient in many household cleaning products, including air fresheners, cleaning sprays, laundry detergents and even insecticides. Borax powder itself may be bought from your local store and applied directly to a range of cleaning tasks, most commonly when washing clothes.

How to use Borax Powder in your Laundry

There are a great number of benefits to using borax powder in your wash. Borax can keep white clothes white for longer, soften hard water, get rid of odours and bacteria, and remove stubborn stains.

You can use it in addition to your normal Surf excel Matic detergent.

  • Use ½ cup of borax powder in the detergent drawer of your washing machine to boost your regular wash cycle.
  • Borax powder can also be used as a pre-treatment for stains: mix a borax solution of 1 tablespoon borax to 4 litres of warm water, then soak your stained garments for up to 30 minutes.

Rinse and wash as normal with your favourite Surf excel Matic detergent.

Other Household Borax Uses

Borax powder is a versatile cleaning agent. Here are some of the other ways you can make use of it in your home.

  • Toilet cleaning – Just one cup of borax left in the toilet bowl overnight can be an extremely effective aid to cleaning the toilet – all you need to do is scrub with the toilet brush in the morning and the borax will dislodge dirt and limescale.
  • Mould removal – Mix some borax powder with a little water to make a thick paste. Apply to walls affected by mould and mildew and leave to dry – overnight if necessary – before wiping off. The borax should get rid of the mould, and the good news is that it won't damage wallpaper or paint.
  • Cleaning spray – Make up a borax solution by shaking 2 teaspoons of borax powder in a bottle with 2 cups of hot water. Use on bathroom tiles, kitchen sink, surfaces, and worktops as an effective all-purpose spray.