Borax (sodium borate) is an alkaline mineral salt.
It's a naturally occurring element but even things from nature can be harmful (like asbestos or mercury). Not unlike conventional cleaning products, homemade or store bought green cleaning solutions should be stored safely away from children and pets.
Borax is very effective, versatile, affordable, and eco-friendly compared to petroleum-based ingredients in conventional cleaning products. When handled with respect, borax is a great addition to your cleaning arsenal. Mix solutions in your kitchen, away from food and clearly label your finished product.
My favorite green cleaning recipe is Queen of Green All Purpose Cleaner Spray.
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Combine all ingredients and pour into spray bottle.
1/2 tablespoon borax
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (found at organic grocers or health food stores)
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 liters warm water
It's excellent for cleaning countertops, bathroom tiles, washing floors, and even tackles gunk in your microwave. You can also leave borax out of this cleaner recipe—even try my borax-free laundry soap recipe!