Keeping my home clean takes a few things I don’t have much of: time, energy, and money. Yes, I said money! Housekeeping shouldn’t be a costly endeavor, but when you think about how much we spend on cleaning supplies and materials, it really adds up.

That’s why I love any product that can do double duty. Or in the case of 20 Mule Team Borax…hexaseptuple duty? I don’t know, but it sure does a lot.

I first got into using Borax when I started making some of my cleaners at home with recipes I found on Pinterest (check out my experience with Febreze and Dishwasher Detergent). Turns out that many, many of the DIY cleaning recipes I’ve found call for Borax. So one box of Borax can go a long way and add to your savings when making your own cleaners.

You may be saying, “I’m not into all that hippy, earth-mother, make-your-own-cleaner stuff! What do I care?” Well, never fear, friends, Borax is for you, too. Borax has multiple uses around the house, all of which can save you time and money. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Adding 1/2 cup of Borax to a load of laundry will boost the power of your laundry detergent and will also help soften hard water.
  • It’s also a great pre-soak for difficult stains. Add one tablespoon of Borax to a gallon of water, then soak for 30 minutes.
  • I use Borax to scour my tub and shower. It removes soap scum, mildew, and hard water stains. Lazy person tip: sprinkle Borax on the floor of your shower before you plan on using it. Then, as you shower, move the cleaner around with your feet, and scrub your shower floor while you shower! Yes, I have done this. Don’t judge me.
  • You can also use Borax in your toilet bowl. Add 1/4 cup to your bowl and then scrub with a toilet brush.
  • In the kitchen, I use Borax to clean my garbage disposal. I pour some down the drain and let it set for about 20 minutes. Then I run the disposal with hot water for a few minutes. Keeps the drain clean and smelling fresh.
  • I also use Borax to scour my counter tops and clean my range, which gets very messy. Borax also helps me scour pans that are hard to get clean with just dish soap.
  • Put 1/4 cup Borax in the bottom of your dishwasher to help prevent hard water stains.
  • Borax also works great on stinky trash cans. I use it to scour the inside of our trash cans and the infamously stinky diaper pail, and it does a great job.
You can buy a box of Borax for about $3.00 at your local grocery or discount store. It’s $3.00 well spent. I no longer have to buy a separate toilet bowl cleaner, mildew remover, scouring powder, disposal cleaner, etc. My one little box of Borax does all that and more.
Full disclosure: No one at 20 Mule Team Borax asked me to write this post. I don’t work for them, and I’m not getting compensated in any way. I just really, REALLY love Borax because of the time and money it saves me. Although, if the good people at Borax want to hire me to write about how awesome they are, I will totally do it.