Borax also know as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate is a component of many common household items that include detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It has many uses on its own or as an ingredient in other products.
Used as a deoxidizing flux, Borax keeps metal clean during melting and pouring.
For use as a flux:
- Season crucibles for casting.
- Mix with denatured alcohol to make flux.
- Include with metal or casting grain for an easier pour.
Other suggested uses:
*Not for use in food, drugs or pesticides
- Laundry Detergent Booster: Add 1/2 cup to every load along with your regular detergent.
- Laundry Stains: Add 1 Tablespoon per 1 gallon of water
- Unclog Toilets: Scoop as much water out as possible, then add 1/2 cup borax. Let sit for 10 minutes, then add 2 cups of boiling water and flush.
- Unclog Drains: Poor 1/2 cup borax down drain, then slowly add 2 cups of boiling water. Let sit 10 minutes, then flush out with hot water.
- Rust Remover: Mix equal parts borax and lemon juice, spread mixture onto rust. Let sit for 30 minutes then wipe clean.
- Remove Carpet Stains: Mix 1/2 cup of borax with 2 cups of warm water. Saturate stained area using a sponge, scrub thoroughly, let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum and let dry.
- Deodorize Carpets: Mix equal parts borax and baking soda, sprinkle all over carpet. Let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum carpet.
- As Entertainment: Borax can be used to make SLIME, Snowflakes, Bouncey Balls, Colored Fire, etc.
- The list can go on and on.......