11 Ways To Wash Clothes In Borax

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Put multi-purpose Borax to work in you laundry room to soften water, kill odors and eliminate tough stains. A staple in laundry room or garage, natural Borax is a necessary tool to fight stains and clean your laundry naturally. Borax in laundry is a no-brainer. Enjoy our list of 11 ways to use Borax in your laundry routine.

1. Pre-Soak Your Laundry with Borax

Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax for every gallon of warm water

For any stain, just pre-soak the laundry items for about 30 minutes in the borax solution. For tougher stains, flush the clothes and fabrics with water first before pre-soaking in hot water. Then don't forget to add even more borax to your wash to boost your laundry detergent's cleaning power!

However, borax doesn't fight every type of stain, mostly it deals with grease or oil stains, fatty or protein stains, etcetera.

2. Soften Water With Borax


ph Balance, Water, Laundry, & Borax - This Is How You Reduce Damage To Clothes

Borax raises the pH balance of your water to a slightly basic solution with a pH of 8. In other words, borax softens and neutralizes water, and reduces damage to your fabrics and clothing.

You can condition your water easily – just add ½ cup of borax to each laundry load during the wash cycle. If you use a large capacity machine, bump it up to ¾ cup. This is perfect for your delicates, and fabrics that require hand washing.

3. Borax As A Stain Remover

Remove laundry stains by mixing 1 tablespoon of borax with 2 tablespoons of water, and spread it on the stain.

Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub it away and wash as usual.

4. Deodorize Laundry (Clothes and Shoes) With Borax

Mix 1/2 cup of borax with a pint of water and pour it into a spray bottle.

The resulting solution can be sprayed on things like shirts, pants, jackets, scarves, boots, and even other household items like curtains, couches, rugs, and padded chairs.

5. Natural Laundry Detergent


Here is how you make a natural laundry detergent with Borax!

Borax Natural Laundry Soap Ingredients and Directions

bar of grated bar soap (homemade or natural store bought) 1 cup of washing soda 1 cup of borax (or additional washing soda) 20 drops of lemon or lime essential oils optional: 1 cup of oxygen booster (This one lasts us a year.) How to Make Laundry Soap

  • Grate the soap using a hand grater or food processor. Grate into fine particles so it dissolves easily.
  • Carefully mix with the washing soda and borax (use gloves or a spoon as these can by drying if used directly on skin)
  • Add essential oils and stir.
  • Store in an air-tight glass jar.
  • Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. Add 1 tablespoon of oxygen booster if needed.

6. Natural Cleaner For Your Pet


Pets, in general, are pretty stinky (and we love them for it) but finding a natural detergent or soap for their belonging is tough. You can use borax as a spray for their items and even wash their beds (if they're small) enough in a borax solution in your washing machine (even if it's HE).

Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax for every gallon of hot water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray pet beds, wipe down pet carriers & bowls and then rinse everything with pure water. You can even soak pet cleaning tools in Borax solution.

7. Clean Your Washing Machine With Borax

Soap scum and gross detergent mildew or staining does not create clean laundry. Also, the inside of the washing machine itself probably smells pretty awful thanks to whatever got deposited.

You can clean your washing machine with borax, water, and a little elbow grease. Just scrub the bottom and inside door of your washing machine using borax, add a little to the soap dish, and run your washing machine empty. Voila! Clean washing machine!

8. Soak Your Delicates (Bras and Underwear) In Borax


You can soak delicate clothing in a solution of borax and detergent to wash it without putting it into the washing machine.


*1/4 cup borax *2 tablespoons mild laundry detergent *Tub or sink of warm water

9. Clean Your Cloth Diapers Naturally With Borax

Borax is a great cloth diaper soak. Just add a 1/2 cup of borax to the diaper pail water and let it presoak until you are ready to wash the diapers.

Then, wash the diapers in hot water and your regular detergent, adding a 1/2 cup of borax to the wash water.

10. Clean Inside Of Car With Borax

Ingredients: *6 tablespoons soap flakes *2 tablespoons borax *1 pint boiling water


Mix the soap flakes and borax together and then slowly add the boiling water, allowing all the ingredients to dissolve together.

Then, let it cool and use your mixer to whip up the solution until it creates a foam.

You can then brush on the car upholstery foam onto the cloth seats of the vehicle and then wipe it away with a damp sponge.

11. Borax In Smelly Shoes

If your boots or shoes are starting to stink, put one teaspoon (1tsp) of borax powder in each, shake well and pour out the remaining powder. The first couple of wears will get borax on your socks (but who cares - it's a great laundry additive anyway). After that, the borax is absorbed and its powerful anti-microbial properties will turn the little ecosystem in your footwear into a barren wasteland of cleanliness.

If you're looking for other laundry tips and hacks, check out our washing clothes in vinegar post for other natural laundry soaps additives. Happy folding!