Namaste crunchy readers,

Time has felt like it’s been accelerating at an uncontrollable rate lately. Mondays are turning into Fridays at the blink of an eye. Spring came and went and summer is slowly fading into fall {unless you’re a texan}. Although, I do have to admit that fall is always an exciting season to greet. I have already been pinning away on Halloween crafts and DIY decor. Not to mention all the delicious comfort food that can be smelled upon walking in through the front door! However, a downfall for making the casseroles and pretty much anything in a non teflon pan would be the cleaning. I know that you have been there before….scrubbing and scrubbing. Let me just introduce you to a little friend of mine called Borax!

“Simplicity quote”

Borax has, on many occasions, been confused with Boric Acid which is toxic and something you would not want to be using in your natural house cleaners. However after much researching, I too learned the difference between these two.

What exactly is Borax?

Borax is sodium tetraborate, according to the EPA is salt and a boron mineral, which is a naturally occurring element often found in sediments and sedimentary rock formations or dried up hot springs. Here is a pretty good article explaining further Borax, along with some legitimate links. There are many many natural recipes that call for Borax and now you know that it is just as safe as salt and baking soda, although there are some recipes for ingesting Borax, I would take caution, even the box says to “not take internally”. Another caution, is for some, due to the high alkaline level, you might want to wear gloves when using as it might be a mild skin irritant. Be that as it may, I do not wear gloves and have never had a problem.

So then what is Boric Acid?

Boric acid is a mixture of Borax and another acid, like sulfuric acid. It becomes toxic and is NOT recommended to use. This poison is NOT BORAX, please do not buy this product thinking it is the 20 Mule Team Borax because it most certainly is not. Borax itself is an alkaline substance with a pH level of 9.3, once the Borax is mixed its pH drops to around 5, making it an acidic substance and very toxic.

Cleaning with Borax

Borax is a used as natural cleaning product and has many great qualities, one of my favorites is that it is environmentally friendly. What I want to share with you today is Borax’s ability to clean the heck out of pots, pans and casserole dishes!

Homemade Natural Pots & Pan Cleaner

Using hot water soak your dish immediately after use. Use a spatula to get as much of the gunk off as you can refilling it with hot water and adding 1 tablespoon of your pot & pan cleaner {listed below}, now go eat your meal and forget about it. After your meal is finished and you’re up for dishes use your spatula once more to scrap off excess waste. This should be relatively easy since it’s been soaking with the cleaner. Ok now get out your pot & pan cleaner:

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 1 cup Baking Soda

Shane’s grandma made me this awesome scrubber made from tulle and is just crocheted into a circle…seriously works like a charm…simplicity man! When this one gives up I will be making another one for sure, but will most likely have two threads of tulle to make it a little more thicker. Anywho, pour the cleaner on your dish and scrub for a minute, if that, and voila you are fini! Wow super simple, super natural, and super clean!!!

Why is it important to use homemade natural cleaners?

There are plenty of products out there that squirt, spray or soak and do their job terrifically, but they also contain a number of chemicals on their ingredient list{did you know, they don’t have to list all of their ingredients on the label??} Some are not pet friendly {like the swiffers, do not let your dogs or cats lick the residue from these} and they leave the chemicals floating around for you and your loved ones to absorb into your systems. “Your home may sparkle because it is clean, but in the end, those chemicals might be damaging you and your family’s bodies more than you are aware.” Greener Ideal. Using non-toxic natural house cleaners are better for our planet, ecosystem and our own bodily systems. I clean my house using:

  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemons
  • Essential Oils {antiseptic, antifungal and disinfectant properties contained within them.}
  • Coconut Oil

Natural Cleaner

That’s it. My home smells clean, not the “ocean mist” clean but a slight hint of something amazing clean. These ingredients are pretty easy to find and are honestly much cheaper. If you’re not ready to make the DIY commitment, start switching your cleaning products to natural cleaners. Most natural products are made from recycled packaging AND are biodegradable, making it better for our planet in the long run and better for your family.
Thank you for reading today’s post! Saturdays are now added to my blogging calendar as Sustainable Saturday! Please do come back to see more homemade natural cleaning recipes as well as easy tips to help you, your family, and loved ones become more sustainable. Or you could always subscribe to get get each post in your inbox! This is our one and only planet, our mother earth, lets start treating her with care and respect, after all she did give us life.

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Question of the Day:

Have you tried borax for cleaning?
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Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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