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I know... that's probably a stupid question.<br><br>
I was told it was a good way to get rid of ants, so I finally found some and now have this huge box of it sitting on my shelf. No idea what else to do with it. (BTW- I did mix some with a little sugar, the ants went crazy for it. That was yesterday... we'll see if it actually worked.)<br><br>
What do you use it for? Just for laundry? Is it good for throwing in all loads of laundry, or just stained? Can I use it in my cloth dipes wash? Does it leave residue? Is it toxic??<br><br>
What else? It's a big box... I need some creative ideas of how to use it up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I used to toss about a 1/4 cup in with my laundry as sort of a "booster", as well as in the dishwasher, and then I also used much less detergent. I don't know if it made a difference, but it felt better being able to use less soap.<br><br>
I say "used to" only because I sort of forgot about Borax for a while. I ran out, then just kept forgetting to buy it.<br><br>
As for the ants - I always heard that boric acid (not the same as Borax) was what to use to get rid of them.
 

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I use it in my laundry, every load, a little helps soften my hard water and lets my detergent work better. I use it to scrub tubs and sinks and counters. I go thru alot that way.
 

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I use borax to make laundry soap.<br><br>
1 bar grated soap<br>
1 cup borax and<br>
1 cup washing soda<br><br>
Use 1 tbps per load. Works on diapers. Works on regular clothes. Works with cold water. Works with a HE washing machine.<br><br>
If making your own laundry soap isn't your cup of tea, maybe you could give it to someone who could use it?
 

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I have borax around because it is one of the ingredients in one of my favorite homemade cleaners, <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/187681" target="_blank">Alice's Wonder Spray</a>, from the book <i>Clean House Clean Planet</i>. It only takes a teaspoon though, so its not going to use up your whole box any time soon.<br><br>
Since I have it around anyway, sometimes I toss it in the wash with some extra dirty stinky laundry. It seems to do the trick. I also use about a 1/4 cup to clean the toilet sometimes and it does a great job.<br><br>
Unfortunately, it is mildly toxic, so keep it on a high shelf. It can cause skin and eye irritation, although I have never experienced either with it.
 

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I toss a half cup into the toilet and leave it at least a half hour, or over night. Swipe with brush - clean bowl!
 

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Wow- I had no idea it had so many uses!! Thanks for the ideas. I will be washing and scrubbing and killing ants all over my house!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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You can use the Borax to block ants out of areas they like. If they're coming in a window, dribble an unbroken line of Borax around the windowsill to block their path. If they're getting into the sink (in hot weather, they often look for a water source) create a berm of Borax around the entire basin. They just won't cross it. (If they do, it kills them. They're not *that* stupid.)
 

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It's also used for tanning animal hides. Cause, you know, lots of people do such things these days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I also use it in the toilet, in dirty loads of laundry, when I wash our hemp shower curtain (it kills off mold spores), and I toss about a tablespoon into a cleaning solution bottle with1 c vinegar, 7 drops of tto, 7 drops of lavendar and 7 drops of lemon eo and fill the rest up with water. We use this solution for messes that require more than vinegar and water (ie: when the dog pees on the floor, cleaning the oven, etc).
 
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