Borax (or sodium borate) is a naturally occurring mineral that is produced when seasonal lakes repeatedly evaporate. We humans mine it from the ground then wash, dry, and package it for purchasing. There is some debate about whether or not borax is safe. Based off of the information I’ve read, I have come to the conclusion that it is perfectly safe to use for cleaning (though I wouldn’t want to ingest it), and it does not harm the environment. At the very least, it is the lesser of two evils when compared to the toxic chemical soup that mainstream cleaners are made up of. The most common way I use borax in my cleaning routine is very glamorous – scrubbing the toilet.
Borax Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1. Sprinkle 1/4 c borax around toilet bowl.
2. Allow to sit for a few minutes or leave while cleaning the rest of the bathroom.
3. Use toilet brush to scrub borax around the bowl.
4. Flush toilet.
Optional: Add lemon juice or vinegar for extra cleaning power.
Borax effectively removes any stains, odours, and bacteria. Plus it’s environmentally friendly and so inexpensive compared to mainstream cleaners or store bought eco-options.
Do you use borax? If so, how? What do you use to clean your toilet bowl?