Here’s another giveaway for your fine Saturday evening — this one sponsored by Borax! I never actually knew what was in Borax Laundry Booster, so here goes: “Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: A naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes.” They wash, dry, and box it, and don’t add anything else. It has all sorts of interesting uses, including naturally softening hard water, boosting detergent’s cleaning power, and helping stains from being redeposited back on clothes.
Borax sent over a box for review as well –
So what did I do with my Borax?
I figured that people talk about Borax and laundry all the time, so why not do something different with mine? Luckily (ha! not, ew…), our kitchen has all of a sudden been infested with ants this week. Ants. In January. What the heck? So I was reading about Borax as a more natural way to get rid of the little critters, and thought it was definitely worth a try.
Online, I read about people sprinkling a line of Borax and sugar along where the ants are coming in. Well, I didn’t want to leave that out because of our cats, so I used this recipe from The Happy Housewife: mix 1/2 C sugar, 1 1/2 Tbsp Borax, and 1.5 C warm water. Soak cotton balls in the mixture, and put them out by the mess of ants.
BOY did they like that. So, I locked the cats in the bedroom for a few hours yesterday morning and set several soaked cotton balls in a line along the edge of the cabinet where the ants were coming in under. I let the ants go to town, picked up the cotton balls, wiped up the floor , and let the cats out. Then, repeated the experiment for a second round of about an hour last night (with MUCH fewer ants).
So far today? No ants! It’s been 24 hours since I’ve seen any, which is probably too early to tell, but I’m hoping that this helped. I’d sprayed earlier in the week, which only helped temporarily and then the ants would be back in force the next day.
Borax Facebook Sweepstakes
- Borax is holding a “New Year, Fresher Laundry” sweepstakes on Facebook! Enter there for a chance to win the $1500 grand prize or coupons for free Borax, then see below for your chance to win Borax for yourself:
On to the giveaway
What can you win?
- One Mashup Mom reader will win THREE coupons, each good for one FREE box of Borox!
How do you enter?
- Just comment here and let me know what you’d do with your Borax if you win.
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The fine print
Borax provided the coupons and information for this giveaway. I received a box of Borax for review; however, all thoughts and opinions here are my own. The winner will be chosen on or around 1/23/13 through random number generation at random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom reserves the right to choose a runner up if no response is received in that timeframe.
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