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Originally discovered in the dry lake beds of Tibet, borax consists of soft, colorless crystals that dissolve in water. Over the centuries it was used for food preservation, mummification, and as a pottery glaze. During the 19th century, it became a popular laundry detergent and cleaning product. Yet, nowadays, borax is something overlooked by many people as they walk down the laundry aisle. With such a large number of uses, borax is one item that everyone should be putting in their shopping basket.

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1. Give Your Laundry a Boost

Our ancestors knew what they were doing by using borax to clean clothes. It softens hard water and is great at removing stubborn stains. Borax has a natural scent which gives clothes a really fresh smell, as though they have been air-dried. And it’s so safe for fabrics that you can even use it on the most delicate items in your closet. Simply add half a cup of borax to your laundry, and your clothes will come out looking like new. You can also use borax as a pre-wash treatment for tough stains such as coffee or grass.

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