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August 18, 2013

PINSPIRED: So what to do with all this Borax ...

Tonawanda News — In my last Pinspired column, I wrote about how I had to buy a large box of Borax detergent for our bouncy-ball-making attempt. It was not, precisely, cheap and once the experiment was over, I had a mostly full box of the stuff squirreled away in our basement cabinet.

So, what to do with it? Get another column out of it, of course!

Pinterest is full of lists that claim “10 things to do with Borax!,” “25 things to do with Borax!,” “1,000 things to do with Borax!” (OK, maybe not that last one.) Since all seem to agree that it’s good for laundry boosting (I believe that’s the dominant use these days), I didn’t test that, but picked three of the claims that were particularly useful to me personally and gave them a whirl.

Results were mixed ... although I’m not sure that’s completely the fault of the tip or the Borax itself. Here’s what happened.

Toilet bowl cleaner

With two small boys in the house, our toilets can sometimes be ... less than ideal. Anything that helps would be greatly appreciated. Since ours (the toilets, not the boys) were in need of a cleaning, this seemed an obvious test.

The tips varied between suggesting 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Borax, so I used the former on our downstairs toilet (a newer model) and the latter on the upstairs toilet (an old porcelain one). You just dump in the Borax, give it a swirl and let sit overnight. Easy.

The next morning, I got out of bed and darted to the bathrooms with toilet brush before the boys could “help” things alone. (Such an exciting life I lead). 

The upstairs one ... eh. It might have helped a little, but I had to make a mental note to go back with our usual cleaner as soon as I could. Let’s just say there were still stains.

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