Do You Clean Like Mom?

Cleaning As Cheap as Mom

jar of borax and jar of washing soda

I remember my mother and grandmother always had a box of Fels Naptha, a bar of Lava soap and a container of 20 Mule Team Borax.   They believed in cleaning naturally.

I have a number of ways to use Borax that will be just as fast and less expensive than commercial brands.

If you have ever used baking soda and vinegar to clean, just see what Borax does instead of baking soda. Each has its place, but Borax is cheaper in the long run and does not contain aluminum.

Here are some mixes to get you started:


  • Mix one tablespoon Borax with one quart of warm water for inside for food spills
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Borax with 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 3 drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. Fill with hot water.

Cast Iron Pots and Pans

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax and 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Sprinkle on pot and scrub it

Rust Remover

  • Mix ¼ cups of Borax with ¼ cups of lemon juice into a paste
  • Scrape paste onto the rust.
  • Wait 30 minutes and wipe clean.

Outdoor furniture

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Borax with 1 tablespoon of dish soap.
  • Dissolve mixture in 1 gallon of hot water.
  • Use non-abrasive cloth or sponge and clean furniture.

Garbage Cans

  • Mix ½ cup of Borax into a full trash can filled with water.
  • Let soak at least 30 minutes
  • Rinse can and let dry
  • Add 1/8 cups of Borax to inside to keep fresh longer.

Clogged Pipes

  • Pour ½ cup of Borax down the drain (remove as much standing water as possible)
  • Pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain very slowly
  • Let sit 10 minutes
  • Sink: Turn on hot water and flush
  • Toilet: Flush toilet


Do you use a cleaning mixture handed down from your mother or grandmother?  Please share it here!

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