Borax

 Have you heard of Borax?

It’s only some of the coolest stuff ever. Well–ok that might be just a *slight* exaggeration, but it’s super useful, super diverse, and super “green”! If you’re like me, however, you might not have known a whole lot about it. I’d never heard of it till a few years ago when I looked into making my own laundry detergent. Since then I’ve seen it popping up in great ideas everywhere! So I wanted to bring you a few ideas of just what Borax can be used for, and also a great Borax sweepstakes where you will have a chance to win money and some Borax of your own! Also I’m doing a giveaway-so be sure to scroll aaallll the way to the bottom to enter!)

First off, though, you might be asking:

What is Borax?

The reason that Borax makes such a great natural alternative to many things is that it’s not a chemical–it’s actually a naturally occurring mineral that forms white crystals composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water (Na2B4O7 • 10H2O for any of you Chemistry buffs out there!)

So now that we cleared that up…

Uses For Borax

As you can see–you can do a TON with it! Here are just a few of the things I’ve come across and love!

Around the House Borax:

  • Can be used as a laundry booster
    • this is most common use probably, it’s great if you have hard water
  • Can be used as a homemade cleaner
    • I scrubbed down the bathroom with it (shown above!) and it did a great job getting the counter and sink shiny bright! It doesn’t scratch and can be used on tiles, showers, tubs, and in toilets!
  •  Can be used to clean dishwashers & remove carpet stains.

As I mentioned I first came across Borax as I was looking into making my own laundry. You can find how to make your own here!

Borax isn’t just practical, though, here are two super fun ideas to do with your kids!

Borax Crystal Star

 

Glow in the Dark Slime

Don’t forget about the great Borax Sweepstakes going on! Enter to win the $1,500 Grand Prize, or one of 171 coupons for FREE BORAX! Why 171 coupons you ask? The TOTAL prize value is $2013!

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Nicole Elliott

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Little Cleaning Box – Finding Green Cleaners that Work

It’s no secret that I love the subscription boxes that are all the rage now! I’ve always loved samples of anything and the idea of getting samples of a specific type that you’re interested in is brilliant! The Little Cleaning Box is a totally green, totally clean membership box.

I’ve also mentioned before that ever since having kids I’ve been slowly switching over to green cleaners and detergents for the sake of my kiddos. The only problem is trying to find green cleaners that work as well as their non-green counterparts do! I’m one who is not willing to sacrifice effectiveness for “green-ness”. Being able to try a bunch of different samples means that I can give everything the “real life test” for myself before spending a bunch of money on a green cleaner that I might not like-and if I find one I love I’ll know what to stock up on!

As you can see my little box came chock full of great sample to try out! The samples were Modern Mermaid All Purpose and Glass Cleaner, Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap, Grab Green Laundry Detergent, and Skoy Cloth.

I’d seen a lot about Mrs. Meyer’s lately and was excited to try it out for myself-I love that they included a sample of each kind!

My favorite product so far has been the Grab Green Laundry Detergent. Since I have to be especially careful and green with our detergent because of the kid’s eczema this product was perfect for us and did a great job!

Would you like your own little box of green goodness every 90 days? You can get it for just $10 a box! Sign up on the Little Cleaning Box Website and be sure to follow along on Facebook as well!

Spring Cleaning Tips

With the warm in the air, the beautiful flowers poking their heads up out of the earth, and my parents flying out next week we are in full on Spring Cleaning mode over here! I thought I’d share some of my tops tips-please share yours in a comment or leave a link to your blog post–I’d love to read!

Spring Clean all Year Long ~ Ever since January I’ve been using FlyLady’s zone method and am super pleased with the results! I’ve been able to get my kitchen and our bathrooms super organized and decluttered using it and all by just doing a little bit 15 minutes a day–definitely do-able even with my crazy busy schedule!

Game Plan ~ Even if you have been “spring cleaning” all year long it still feels good to go on a good cleaning spree–especially before company comes. I found that I am the most productive when I write down a list of what exactly needs to be done–then I can even accomplish “deep cleaning” when I’m on the phone–I just look at what is next on my list and tackle it!

Set that Timer ~ another idea from FlyLady–set your timer and clean as fast as you can! You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a short amount of time! Don’t try to go TOO fast though…if you’re clumsy like me you’ll end up bumping into everything and spilling things, haha!

Try Some New Products ~ I’ve also mentioned before that ever since having kiddos I’ve been straying away from all the more toxic cleaners and starting to use green cleaners a lot. I even used good old baking soda and vinegar to clean the inside of my stove shiny bright (yes it really did work!) In the bathroom though I have a hard time not using something more “heavy duty” though–so Colorox Green Works has been a great solution for me!

I don’t normally use wipes but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how nice they are for quick tidy ups throughout the week of the bathroom counters and also for wiping down the outside of the toilet. The toilet cleaner has been my favorite–it works just as good as any of the bleach kinds do and I will definitely be purchasing it again. The All Purpose cleaner worked well also for the counters in the bathroom during my weekly “deep” cleans. I wouldn’t recommend it for the bathtub though, ours usually need something with a little more “omph”.

What are your spring cleaning tips and what products do you love to use for it?