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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DIY Ant Killer (using 20 Mule Team Borax)

DIY Ant Killer using 20 Mule Team Borax
The 20 Mule Team Borax has a lot of uses in our house. Most people know it as a laundry booster or as an ingredient for cleaning, but another use that is great is as a DIY ant killer. 

20 Mule Team Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth. They remove it from the ground and then wash, dry, and box it for consumers. You may know Borax as sodium tetraborate and that it is a naturally occurring substances that is produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes.  The 20 Mule Team Borax is particularly nice because nothing is added. There are no phosphates, chlorine, or random chemicals. I love that this brand sticks to simple and natural.

Using Borax for ant killer may be common knowledge or a surprise to you. I notice that when I tell people, they either say that they already do this or they are surprised to find a nice way to make a DIY ant killer. Let me show you how easy it is and share photos.

Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1.5 cups of warm Water
  • Cotton pads (as many as you want to put around the house for the ants - we used two in our pantry)
 The photo below shows the ratio of sugar and 20 Mule Team Borax.  Measure these out and then mix them together.

Add 1.5 cups of warm water to dissolve the 20 Mule Team Borax and Sugar.  We put our mixture in a container and store the sealed container in our laundry room for when we need more.

 

Soak the cotton pads in the mixture and put them where you need them.  We put two in our pantry since we  had ants in there. 

Have you used 20 Mule Team Borax around your house?

32 comments :

  1. Me! I love Borax and use it all the time!

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  2. I didn't know it could be used for ant bait! Awesome! Gotta try this!

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  3. I didn't know it could be used for ant bait! Awesome! Gotta try this!

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  4. With three active teens, I would use this all the time!

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  5. I need this for myself and two other friends who are embarking on making our own detergents. Thanks!!

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  6. I want this for myself - My sister in law uses it to make her own detergent. I didnt know about the ant thing tho- thanks for that

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  7. Can this work for ant hills outside too?

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  8. I tried this ant killer recipe yesterday in my bathroom and it worked. My husband was impressed

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  9. I make homemade laundry soap & this is what I use. I'm trying the ant killer as I type!!!
    cinda@lostlakedesigns.com

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  10. I love Borax and it's many uses. I use it when making my own laundry soap. Before that, I was still adding a scoop to every load.

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  11. What a great idea. We had ants this spring and it was SO hard to get rid of them! Would love to try this idea.

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  12. Myself I love borax. I am half way through my last box now. Love it!!

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  13. I want this for my many cleaning needs!

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  14. I'd love to try it out on our ants! I hate them so bad!

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  15. Our household...I want to make slimy putty for my 3 year old son.

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  16. For myself. We use this all the time for household cleaning and laundry.

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  17. me! i make my own laundry detergent with borax!

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  18. I would use this for family laundry

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  19. to make laundry soap and slime for my son to play with thanks

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  20. I would keep one for myself, give one to my mom and one to my sis!

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  21. For myself and my husband so he can wash his chef shirts with this to get them fairly white again and for our ant problem!

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  22. For me, I love using it in my laundry

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  23. would like to try on my ants

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  24. Do you have to use cotton pads or can you just drizzle it outside by the ant beds?

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    1. I haven't tried pouring it on an ant bed directly, but I do sprinkle it around my patio for ants and scorpions.

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