Substituting Boraxo Instead of Borax

Hi, I have seen some tips about using borax for many different things from cleaning to pest control. I looked every where for borax to no avail, but I did find a 12 oz. can (looks similar to a can of comet, just a little smaller) of Boraxo Powdered Hand Soap. It is absolutely fabulous! It works great on tough laundry stains. I had clothes that my husband owned that I thought were ruined but after using Boraxo the stains are gone. I have had several people ask me how I get his jeans to look so good considering the kind of work he does, and I tell them about the 12 oz. can of $2 Boraxo that works wonders. It is also good at getting rid of roaches.


A neighbor brought some clothes over in a box so I could go through them and see if any would fit my grand children. Not long after that, I saw a few roaches. I have never had roaches before, so I freaked out. I fogged part of the house and used some Boric Acid but I was very concerned about what to use in the kitchen until I found out that you could use the Boraxo. I tried it and it worked fantastically. It is safe around food because, like I said it is a hand soap, and so you can put a little in each drawer and in each cabinet. It has several more uses; it is a wonderful little $2 can of possibilities!

By Melissa from Cullman, AL

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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

Where did you buy this at? I really need it for roaches!

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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

I believe Boraxo is a powdered hand soap, and it contains borax along with powdered soap, and most likely some sort of mildly abrasive cleaner. People who work in "dirty" jobs like mechanics, welders, lawnskeepers etc use it for getting their hands really clean.


It is NOT interchangeable with borax though. If you look for "20 Mule Team Borax", you should find it at Walmart, most large super markets and even some hardware stores carry it.

I hope this information is helpful. The "20 Mule Team Borax is a very old product and has been used for boosting the cleaning power of laundry detergents, and all around household cleaning. It is a very good product.


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August 19, 2010

I thought I was buying Borax, but when I received it I actually bought Boraxo? Can it be used the same way? If the cleaning recipe calls for Borax, can I use Boraxo? Does anyone have any cleaning recipes for Boraxo?


If anyone has any answers I would love to read them.

Thank You,
Ronda S from Clarksburg, WV


Can I Use Boraxo Instead of Borax?

I believe that's just the "brand name" for Borax. Seems I have a box here so I'll go take a look. I'll post again once I look at my box. (06/06/2006)

By Debbie Dzurilla

Can I Use Boraxo Instead of Borax?

Sorry, I was wrong. The box I have is 20 Mule Team Borax. It is a 4 lb 12 oz box. Says it's a natural laundry booster and multi-purpose household cleaner.

Perhaps you could put Boraxo into a search and see what comes up. It's probably Borax tho.

Hopefully someone else will post a better answer for you.

I do know that what I bought is borax and I found it either at Wal-Mart or a grocery store. (06/06/2006)

By Debbie Dzurilla

Can I Use Boraxo Instead of Borax?


Boraxo is just Borax mixed with soap flakes. They're both put out by 20 Mule Team, so it's no surprise anyone would accidentally buy the wrong one. Boraxo is mostly just meant as a powdered hand cleanser. But if you want other uses for it, plug "uses for Boraxo" into a search engine. That's what I'm doing just out of curiosity. (02/24/2008)

By Stacey

Can I Use Boraxo Instead of Borax?

If you are trying to make crystals for a science project you can absolutely NOT use boraxo instead of borax. It needs to be the one in the green box for the crystal snowflakes. (01/06/2009)


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