Savings Tip #10 : Use Borax For Ant Control

Do you have ants? Are you opposed to having industrial chemicals floating around just for the sake of controlling ants? If the answer to both questions is yes, you might consider using Borax as a way to control your an problem. I know this because I have tried it and it worked.

Story time!

I spilled a sugary drink in my living room. When I cleaned it up I must have left just enough drink to attract the tiny marching buggers because the next day I had an invasion. I had some 20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner, which I had read was a great multi-tasker to have on hand, and I whipped up a concoction that easily dispatched the pests quickly. It took about a day for their numbers to drastically decrease.


I bought my borax from Wal-Mart for about four dollars. Borax can also be used to wash clothes and as dish washing detergent. I have read that Borax is a mild skin irritant. It should not be left around where children can get their hands on it. I have read about people eating Borax as a dietary supplement. I certainly suggest you do your own research and make your own decision. If nothing else you can use it to kill ants and wash clothes safely, as long as all precautions are taken.

What is Borax?

Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. I am not an affiliate of 20 Mule Team but I recommend the for the following reason:

20 Mule TeamĀ® Borax is 100% natural, and 99.5% pure (there is about a half of 1% of naturally occurring trace minerals). Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers.

**20MuleTeam website. 


How to Replicate These Results:

The recipe I used to eradicate the pest problem can be found here: Homemade Ant Killer.
All  you need is Borax, sugar, water, paper towels or cotton balls and patience. 


Here’s an article I found particularly useful: How to Get Rid of Ants Effectively It explain, briefly why Borax works..

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