Borax: It’s for Everything AND the Kitchen Sink!

Posted on November 24, 2011 by Stefanie

One problem with having an older house is that it’s easy to get sloppy about cleaning things like floors and fixtures because you assume they’re about as clean as they’ll get. That might be one reason I haven’t scrubbed my kitchen sink in a while, but another is that hey! It’s a sink! I rinse and clean things IN the sink, so how can the sink itself get dirty?

It can, obviously. I just didn’t notice it either because I assumed it’s always been a sort of dull filmy color or because the lighting in that corner of my kitchen is bad. But on a recent bright and sunny Saturday it became clear to me: my kitchen sink was not supposed to look like that.

The cloudy brownish film that I’m now embarrassed to admit was coating my sink didn’t wipe away immediately with the mild (a.k.a. weak) enviro-friendly all-purpose cleaner I have in my cupboard, and I don’t keep any sort of abrasive scrubbing cleanser on hand, so I was trying to decide what I should try next when I remembered the borax in my laundry room.

Remember when I told you about all the awesome things borax can do? Yeah, apparently I didn’t either, becauseĀ  I never think to use the stuff anywhere but in my washing machine. But I went downstairs to get the box, and I sprinkled it around the inside of my sink and then started rubbing with a wet washcloth, and you know what? Not only is the film totally gone, but my sink is shinier than it’s ever been. See? Look at it (above)! I should take my own advice more often, shouldn’t I?

So if you can’t possibly be bothered to remember every little thing I tell you about any more than I can, here’s a brief reminder for you: Borax is awesome! Check out the lists here and here to learn why.


  1. Woohoo, borax! It’s a wonder cleaner.

    I have the same type of sink, and I use a mix of castile soap and water to clean it.

    November 24th, 2011 at 11:53 am
    Comment by courtney
  2. I use baking soda and it seems to clean just as well. Some people don’t like borax because boric acid is bad for aquatic organisms.

    November 24th, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    Comment by Adam

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