20 Mule Team Borax

20 Mule Team Borax Review & Giveaway {3 Winners}

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Well, summer is in full swing and I am loving the cooler weather that we have had this week. It makes working in the kitchen enjoyable and I love to bake and clean when the air is cool. When it is hot and sticky that last thing I want to be doing is working. If this cool weather is any indication of how the rest of the summer is going to be, I am SO ready! :) Cleaning is something that I really do enjoy and when it comes to keeping my house clean, I am pretty good at keeping up with things. I am not OCD about my house though (unless we are talking about toys, then I am terrible!) and it doesn't have to be spotless 100% of the time. My family comes first and if the house needs to wait until tomorrow to be cleaned then so be it. It can wait. Now, at the end of my day, I typically do a walk-through of the house and pick up toys, wipe down counter tops and straighten things up a bit. If there is one thing I do enjoy it is waking up to a clean and ready-for-the-day house.
One of the rooms of my house that just has to be clean is my kitchen. I have a lot of experience with ants and so I know the importance of a clean kitchen. So, when it comes to cleaning supplies for my kitchen I tend to use multi-purpose cleaners. 20 Mule Team Borax Detergent Booster is something that I use regularly for my laundry but did you know that it can also be used for cleaning purposes? I never did until recently and have been using Borax around my house ever since. I have often wondered where the name "20 Mule Team" came from and thought you would be interested in learning more about the history behind the famous name...

Twenty-mule teams were a solution to the transportation problem of moving millions of pounds of borax from remote mines in inaccessible Death Valley to the railroad at Mojave.

Originally, teams of eight and 10 mules were used. But the 165-mile trek proved to be too much for these teams. According to local legend, Harmony Borax superintendent J.W.S. Perry and a muleskinner (or driver) named Ed Stiles came up with the idea of hitching two 10-mule teams together. The result was 100-foot-long team that took 10 days to carry 10 tons of borax one way across the desert.

Three men operated the 20-mule teams, which were actually 18 mules and two horses. The mule teams hauled more than 12 million pounds of borax 165 miles in the five years between 1883 and 1888. During this time not a single animal was lost, nor did a single wagon break down. In 1894, a steam traction engine named “Dinah” was brought in to replace the mules, but she proved less reliable, and was eventually towed back to town by the mules she tried to replace.

After the mules were replaced by a new rail spur, the Pacific Coast Borax company added the name 20 Mule Team to Borax. The symbol was first used in 1891 and registered in 1894.

How interesting is that! I would have never guessed but now, I know! It is also really neat to note that Borax has been used for so many years. You really know a product is good if it has stood the test of time and is still used now!
So, for this review I was sent a box of 20 Mule Team Borax Detergent Booster and also some coupons to give away to some of you! Borax is a regular additive to my laundry and while it is odorless and doesn't seem to add much to my laundry, it does a great job cleaning my clothes and helping my detergent work better. It is also really helps to remove stains in clothing and believe me, with three toddlers we have a LOT of  stained clothing around here!
Because I have never cleaned the drains of my kitchen sinks, I thought that it would be a good idea to use the 20 Mule Team Borax on them to see how well it worked! You can also use this product to clean your disposal if you had one. I had one at the old house and I miss it terribly!! Those things are simply the BEST.
So, all you do is sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons down the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, flush well with water. That is all you need to do! Any foul odors will be gone and your sink will be cleaner than it was. I have never noticed any bad smells from my drains but it is good to know that now they are clean!
Not only can you use Borax in your sinks, but you can also use it for your laundry (it naturally softens hard water which helps your detergent work at it's maximum capabilities), washing your dishes and even adding it to your dishwasher to eliminate water spots and residue! I love that! I have been noticing water spots on my glasses recently so I may try this out in the dishwasher too.

20 Mule Team Borax Detergent Booster retails for about $3 and can be found at mass retailers around the country. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone! It is multi-functional, practical, natural and VERY effective! Try it out today!
I have some coupons for Free 20 Mule Team Borax Detergent Booster to give away to three of you! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive 20 Mule Team Borax for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the 20 Mule Team Borax website and email. Prizes are being mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes and in this case I cannot replace lost coupons. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

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50 comments

  1. it's a detergent booster

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  2. I learned that the biggest industrial user of borates is the glass industry

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  3. I learned that borax was originally imported to the United States from Italy.

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  4. My random fact: There's a 20 Mule Team Museum!

    I grew up about 20 minutes from the Borax "plant", and we used to take field trip to Borax and the museum.

    Lori Taube
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  5. I learned that it works in all washing machines, even high-efficiency.

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  6. I learned that you an also Add a half cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to reduce water spotting, remove grime, and put a shine on dishes, utensils, pots, and pans.

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  7. 20 Mule Team Borax is from California

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  8. Originally, borax was imported to the United States from Italy and Tibet for use in ceramics and goldsmithing.

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  9. can use Borax to clean toilets and keep them bacteria—and odor—free.

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  10. I learned that you can use it in carpet steam cleaning machines.

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  11. I learned that 20 Mule Team Borax comes from California where one of the world’s largest deposits was discovered in 1913.

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  12. I learned that Borax is 100% natural

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  13. I learned this: Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes.

    Thank you for the nice giveaway!

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  14. I've learned that 20 Mule Team Borax comes from California! I've been using this stuff for laundry soap mix for years.

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  15. I learned what efforts are being made to obtain the borax in a sustainable way.

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  16. I learned that I can use it to clean just about anything and for all different rooms in the house, laundry, kitchen, bathroom/shower, stovetop, counters and more.

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  17. I didn't know that use can mix it and use it to steam clean carpets.


    Desiree Dunbar
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  18. I learned that it works in all washing machines.

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  19. I found this interesting: " In 1881, a prospector named Aaron Winters learned about the value of white crystalline ulexite (the earliest known form of borax) from another prospector. The test, at that time, for purity was to pour alcohol and sulfuric acid over the ore and ignite it. If it burned green, it was borax."

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  20. I learned its all natural!!
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  21. You can use it to clean your carpet.

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  22. that Borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes.

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  23. I learned 20 Mule Team Borax is from California

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  24. I learned it can work in all types of washing machines




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  25. I like it could help with laundry stains thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  26. 100% natural, and 99.5% pure

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  27. learned borax can be used for odor control

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  28. I learned that it is all natural and boxed here in the United States.

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  29. I learned it was 100 percent natural and that its based from California.
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  30. 100 percent natural-DorothyDeakyne

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  31. I learned that it is all natural which I like.

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  32. It helps control odors and that is what i need it so badly for. gonna need to try it when i shop next

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  33. No idea I could use it in my HE washer!!

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  34. Fresh-cut flowers of many varieties may be permanently preserved with Borax!!

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  35. it is 100% all natural and boxed in the usa.

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  36. 20 Mule Team® Borax increases your detergent's power and controls odors to give you fresh, clean laundry.

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  37. I learned that it softens hard water so the detergent works better. The map shows that my area has very hard water.

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  38. I learned that's it's all natural and that it's a great odor fighter!

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  39. It is all natural. 4loveof4@gmail.com

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  40. It fights stains down the drain.

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  41. I use Borax in every load of laundry that I ever do. It totally makes my clothes come extra clean and can even bring out the nastiness that a 2 year old and 1 year old boy can leave behind.

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  42. I learned that it's excellent for toilets! Great stuff to have at hand! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. i learned that borax is a stain fighting booster
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  44. I learned there is a 20 Mule Team Borax Museum.

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  45. I learned that Financial troubles forced Coleman to sell his properties to Francis Marion “Borax” Smith for $500,000 in 1890. Smith then created the Pacific Coast Borax Company which eventually became 20 Mule Team® Borax.

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  46. I learned that this product was originally imported from other countries.

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  47. I learned that borax is the common name for sodium tetraborate.

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