Borax is used as an alternative to chemical cleaners. However, it can also be more expensive than other natural cleaners. Substitute baking soda for borax for some cleaning purposes. They both can eliminate odors around the home. Additionally, baking soda is less expensive than borax, which makes baking soda an acceptable and affordable alternative. Consider trading in borax-based cleaning recipes for baking soda.
All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
Remove the nozzle of the spray bottle. Insert the funnel into the spray bottle.
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar to the spray bottle. Shake well.
Use the cleaner on counters, stove tops, windows, and chrome fixtures instead of the borax-based cleaner.
Laundry Detergent Additive
Add laundry detergent to the washing machine.
Measure 1 cup of baking soda instead of 1 cup of borax. Like the borax, baking soda will also help deodorize clothes
Add bleach if necessary. Use only 1/2 cup of bleach with the baking soda. The baking soda will help keep clothes bright.
Wash and dry clothes as usual.
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the plastic bowl.
Stir in 2 cups of vinegar. This recipe can replace the borax and lemon juice recipe for cleaning toilet bowls.
Pour the solution into the toilet bowl.
Allow the mixture to sit in the bowl for at least five minutes.
Scrub the bowl clean.