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BORAX: 115 Years of Cleaning and Fixing Problems

What is Borax?

Good question!  It’s been around for over 115 years and I never heard of it until about 6 months ago.  I came across a homemade recipe for laundry soap and it called for Borax.  So, I went searching for some Borax.  After finding it at a local store, I used it to make the homemade laundry soap I had a recipe for.  It worked great for me.  Now I am finding all kinds uses for it every where I look.

About 4 months ago I ended up in the hospital for a mrsa infection.  I did some internet searching and I found some people said they where using it in there laundry to kill mrsa and scabies.  Some even report they bath in it to help control mrsa and scabies outbreaks.  We did a blog about scabies home remedies including Borax at: http://www.portaltaxi.net/news/2012/04/22/home-remedies-for-scabies/

But what is it?  According to wikipedia.org, Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. It is usually a white powder consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.  Borax was first discovered in dry lake beds in Tibet and was imported via the Silk Road to Arabia.

Borax first came into common use in the late 19th century when Francis Marion Smith’s Pacific Coast Borax Company began to market and popularize a large variety of applications under the famous 20 Mule Team Borax trademark, named for the method by which borax was originally hauled out of the California and Nevada deserts in large enough quantities to make it cheap and commonly available.  Now it is a brand of Henkel, the name behind Dial Soap.

I have been doing some internet research to see what all the hip is about this Borax.  Its main purpose is an laundry additive, however it seems many people are finding all kinds of other uses for it.  I thought I would share some of the uses I have found via the internet.

Please be aware that the resources I am sharing are not necessarily approved by any government agencies.  You should research these for yourself.  I am just sharing what I have found.  Many of these are homemade recipes people are trying at home.  Some may be unsafe.  You should use caution if you try any of these ideas.

Can Borax be used to kill ants or roaches?

On Their Borax web site, The Dial Corporation says they cannot recommend Borax to kill ants or roaches. The EPA has not authorized 20 Mule Team as a pesticide.  However many people claim they are using it to Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar.  Yes, I did say sugar.  I could not believe it myself.  Here is a video I found on diylife.com that explains why: (It plays at the end of the video).  Very interesting.

 Diylife.com has an article on this topic called:  25 Household Uses For Borax.  Check it out.  It has some other pretty good ideas for Borax.  If the video above is not showing up for you try reloading your page.

Will Borax Kill Scabies?

According to a post at ehow.com  By Deb Powers: One common home remedy for treating scabies is to soak in a bathtub of water to which 1 to 2 cups of borax and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide have been added. The treatment is repeated daily until the condition subsides. While there is no medical proof that the borax scabies treatment works, there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence to support its use.

One reason that scabies is so difficult to cure is that the insects can survive for up to 72 hours on bedding and furniture. To prevent reinfection with scabies, wash all bedding and clothing in hot water with borax. Sprinkle borax liberally on carpets, mattresses and furniture and leave for at least 1 hour before vacuuming.

Borax is poisonous if taken internally. If you choose to use borax to treat scabies, be sure to keep it away from children, pets and any food preparation surfaces. It can also irritate the eyes and mucous membranes.

Some other home remedies I have read that seam worth researching for scabies are: Tea Tree Oil, Sulfur Soap, and MSM Supplements.

You can research more about using Borax for Scabies at:

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5008255_borax-treatment-scabies.html

http://www.scabiestreatment.org/get-rid-of-scabies/

Can I use Borax around my pets?

According to their web site: 20 Mule Team® Borax can be used to deodorize pet odors. However, they recommend you keep 20 Mule Team® Borax out of reach of pets and children.  However, I have found many post through out the internet where people are claiming to use it on there dogs to control mange.  Here are a couple links to post I found on the internet where they are using it on their pets: (use at your own risk)

Borax with Hydrogen Peroxide for Mange

Cure Demodectic and Sarcoptic Dog Mange

Borax Treatment for Mange

Can I use Borax with bleach?

According to 20 Mule Team® web site: Yes, 20 Mule Team and chlorine bleach can be mixed safely.

How much Borax do I use in the wash load?

According 20 Mule Team® web site: Add ½ cup 20 Mule Team® Borax to each wash load along with the recommended amount of soap or detergent.

What is the shelf life of Borax?

According to 20 Mule Team®: The shelf life of 20 Mule Team is indefinite if stored in a dry place.

What are the ingredients in 20 Mule Team® Borax?

According to their web site, 20 Mule Team is composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. (The scientific name for borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate.) 20 Mule Team® Borax is comprised of 99.5% pure borax, a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. The remaining 0.5% is composed of trace minerals.

Is Borax safe for septic systems?

According to 20 Mule Team web site: Yes.

Is 20 Mule Team® Borax Laundry Booster the same as boric acid?

No, Boric Acid is an acid formed from the reaction of borax with sulfuric acid or another mineral.

What else can Borax be used for?

Make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 tablespoons borax and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle.

Clean your toilet with this solution: Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of water. Scrub the toilet with a strong brush, let it sit and flush to rinse. This non-abrasive cleaner can also be used in the bathtub or on counters.

Make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 1tablespoons borax and 1tablespoons baking soda.

Find more Borax ideas here:

 http://www.diylife.com/2010/08/12/25-household-uses-for-borax/

http://homeparents.about.com/od/miraclecleaners/tp/borax.htm

According to wikipedia.org, Borax, given the E number E285, is also used as a food additive in some countries but is banned in the United States. As a consequence, certain foods, such as caviar, produced for sale in the U.S. contain higher levels of salt to assist preservation.  Its use as a cooking ingredient is to add a firm rubbery texture to the food, or as a preservative. In oriental cooking it is mostly used for its texturing properties. In Asia, Borax (Chinese: 硼砂; pinyin: péng​ shā​) or (Chinese: 月石; pinyin: yuè shí​) was found to have been added to some Chinese foods like the hand-pulled noodles lamian and some rice noodles like Shahe fen, Kway Teow, and Chee Cheong Fun recipes.  In Indonesia it is a common, but forbidden, additive to such foods as noodles, bakso (meatballs), and steamed rice. The country’s Directorate of Consumer Protection warns of the risk of liver cancer with high consumption over a period of 5–10 years.

Source: Photo and some information about borax taken from: http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com  20 Mule Team® is a trademark and brand of Henkel / Also know as the Dial Corporation
Other resource information taken from said links with in my blog post.  Please visit links within blog post for more information.
Note: I do not know if any of these work or it they may be unsafe..  They are information I found when trying to learn about this topic.  Please do your own research before using any of these items, ideas or recipes.

Do you have more ideas for Borax?

Kewl, share it in the comment section below : )

The Trucks That Helped Build The Chevrolet Brand

A very interesting video posted by Chevy on their Youtube.com channel.  100 years after the brand’s inception, Chevrolet looks back at the trucks that have made a global impact.

Source: http://youtu.be/GKS07MJ2kgc

GayWebSource.com Now Readable In 64 Languages To Strengthen It Global Reach

(GayWebSource.com) – a global source for LGBT news and entertainment has launched two of its GayWebSource.com networks to be readable in 64 languages.  The Gay Media and Press Network and it’s new Connect Social Network.

The sites main languages is English, however it can now be read in Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Esperanto, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh and Yiddish.

GayWebSource.com decided to launch the translation tool on its networks that receive a lot of international visits.  Over the years it has seen many users from oversees.  Its networks getting the service as mentioned above, include it’s Connect Social Network and it’s Gay Media and Press Network.

The GayWebSource.com – Gay Media and Press Network is a network for gay media professionals from around the world. The media professionals are able to interact, share news stories and find material for their lgbt media publications. They are able to post press releases, stories and gay headlines for syndication to other gay and lgbt publications.

The web site recently turned 12 years old and they redesigned the inter working of the site to celebrate.  This added its new GayWebSource.com – Connect Social Network.  The new area of the site offers a gay social network and gay blogger all in one.  The site takes several features that many mainstream networks use and create their combination of all of them.  The social network area includes a LGBT Music Center, LGBT Business Directory, Gay Events and more.

GayWebSource.com is using the Google Translate service that provides instant translations between 64 different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of supported languages.

About GayWebSource.com: A resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  It has gay dating, chat, blogs, music, video, classifieds, news, and entertainment.  It offers the community low cost gay internet access, gay website hosting and website design.  It also publishes sister networks www.gaynewscenter.com and www.gayspacenetwork.com

You can find the home page at www.gaywebsource.com

Media Provided by the www.GayWebSource.com – Gay Media and Press Network

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Blog Headers For Free Download

If you’re in need of a awesome looking header for your blog or web site, we found a site called smashingmagazine.com that had a contest a couple years ago asking their readers to help create a gallery of blog header graphics which any designer could use for free and without restrictions whatsoever.  You will find the headers that won and that you can use freely here.

We at time use some of the headers in our blog network.  Such as this one:

Do Not Use Text-Enhance.com or Follow TEXT ADS From Them!

Text-Enhance.com  – Hackers!  Publisher’s of Adware!  You should not Join their site, buy their advertising  or click on their text ads.

When you purchase advertising and put your ads on a site or blog you are doing business with them.  When you put those ads on a web site or in a blog with out the permission of the publisher you are stealing from them.  Plan and simple.  That is what TextEnhance.com did on PortalTaxi.net/News today.

Text-Enhance.com had their text advertisements on the PortalTaxi network without  our permission. Text-Enhance.com  system works by an advertiser placing an ad with Text Enhance .com and then TextEnhance publishs that ads with one of the Text Enhance publishers.  The problem is PortalTaxi is not one of the TextEnhance.com publishers.  So how did their ads get on PortalTaxi.com  News Network?  It is likely one of our members, a person commenting on a post or Text-Enhance.com themselves placed a code on our site.  It could have been a code added to a post or a comment that would ad the advertising.

We normally would not accuse a platform developer of a shady act like this, that would normally be done by someone using their system.  Most ad platforms like this are legit and would help you out if you have an issue with their system.  We understand that you get bad users on every platform.  We get them on Portal Taxi.  That is why we contact Text-Enhance.com directly via email there at support@textenhance.zendesk.com  The thing is Text-Enhance.com never responded back to us directly.  We sent them like 10 emails and only go auto generated email massages back.  That is an obvious sign of someone you do not want to do business with on the internet.  At that point we started to get worried because their automated emails mention what to do to remove the adware and make statements like you have not been hacked.  Obviously this is something they always do when they send out an email like that.  We then did a google search and found a lot of negitive comments all over the web about there hacking and adware practices.  We will share links to some of what we found at the end of this post.

If you’re having this issue on your computer or web site I suggest you go the advertiser and complain.. Charge them for the space like we plan to do.  We tried contacting the advertising platform and that was useless.

We do not know who TextEnhance.com is and we have never heard of them or done business with them.  We urge that if you are doing business with TextEnhance.com to Please Stop!  Because if you’re advertisments are showing up on our site without our permission then you also are stealing ad space from us.  You do not have permission to have your ads here.  I am sure your ads are also showing up on other sites like this.

PortalTaxi.com / PortalTaxi.net will invoice advertisers we find on our platform that are generated from TextEnhance.com platform.  We will contact the advertiser directly and bill them for the ad space.  They will be billed a flat advertising rate of $250 for each ad that was place on our site with out PortalTaxi.com’s  permission.  If done want to pay our fee for having your ad here then I suggest you go after TextEnhance.com for our cost.

Sites / Advertisers We Have Already Contacted:  We Warn Them Once Then Plan To Start Invoicing Them For There Ads On Our Site:

http://elite.gowildgadgets.com/SplashPage.aspx?g=531c3617140d40a2aabe809087c4afde&nm=01cgafw2myxna2&s=179541&xxClickID=advertiser&se=53

http://www.consumercarsource.com/?pid=50_1_single_auto

http://start.stylemint.com/sm/?utm_source=HOaid1204&utm_medium=site&utm_campaign=HOaid1204oid21&transaction_id=1029811125115021120310&aid=2%24AF%24p662%24c1118%243594

http://www.informationgetter.com/results2.aspx?keywords=grocery

 

Here are some links that we found around the web where people are discussing the shady practices of TextEnhance.com:

Ok, that was just 10 that we posted.. but as we where searching Google there was pages of people who have the same issue with this Text Enhance.  Just search google and type in TextEnhance.com or search using this link => https://www.google.com/#q=TextEnhance.com&hl=en&prmd=imvnsfd&ei=c-pbT4LrA-fc0QHh5s3EDw&start=10&sa=N&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=c2ef4b4b71fc923a&biw=1280&bih=685

Here are some names that have been used on the web to describe Text Enhance.

  • TextEnhance.com Adware
  • TextEnhance.com Virus
  • Who is TextEnhance.com ?
  • What is TextEnhance.com ?
  • What or who is Text Enhance ?
  • TextEnhance.com Scam
  • Zaped by TextEnhance.com
  • TextEnhance.com Cookie Removal Tool
  • How to Disable TextEnhance.com
  • Seeing Unwanted Text Enhance Ads

Here is What we found out about them from Informer at http://website.informer.com/text-enhance.com#tab_ip_whois

Created: 2011-07-26
Expires: 2012-07-26
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Registrant:
   Domains By Proxy, LLC
   Registered through: Go Daddy
   Domain Name: TEXT-ENHANCE.COM
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So What Would You Call Them?  If you know anything about them feel free to share it.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Stop opposing a law prohibiting companies from renting out recalled cars

Reported by Change.org, Cally Houck’s two daughters, Raechel and Jacquie, rented a PT Cruiser from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in 2004. What they didn’t know about their car was it had been recalled for serious safety problems a month earlier, and that Enterprise didn’t fix the car.

Raechel and Jacquie’s rental car caught on fire because of the very issue that prompted the recall. The young women crashed their fiery car into a tractor-trailer, killing them both.

In just a matter of days, Congress is set to consider a new law that would force rental car companies to fix recalled cars, but Enterprise Rent-a-Car is lobbying against it — and hard. Enterprise’s opposition could block the bill, allowing Enterprise to continue to ignore car recalls like the one that killed Cally Houck’s daughters.

Cally Houck has dedicated herself to making sure that rental car companies fix recalled vehicles so no other parent loses her daughters to rental cars that are known to be unsafe. She says it’s critical to stop Enterprise’s opposition now, before they kill the law. Cally started a petition on Change.org asking Enterprise Rent-a-Car CEO Andrew Taylor to stop opposing the law to force rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles.

Click here to add your name to Cally’s petition.

These two young women weren’t the first to die from rental cars under recall, and they weren’t the last, according to a USA Today report this weekend. Despite knowing the risks, companies like Enterprise choose to keep unsafe cars on the road.

When a vehicle is recalled because of safety or performance issues, the government says all vehicles should be fixed immediately. That why car dealerships aren’t allowed to sell new or used cars under recall that haven’t yet been fixed.

For Cally, it’s hard to imagine why rental car companies would be okay with renting cars that they knew to be unsafe. Before her daughters rented the car that killed them, three other customers had rented it from Enterprise after the safety recall.

There is hope — Hertz, a major rental car company, bucked its competitors and is actually supporting this new law. Cally hopes that by calling attention to Hertz’s willingness to protect its customers — and by showing that Enterprise is willing to let customers drive what she calls “ticking time bombs” like the one that killed her daughters — Enterprise will stop opposing this law.

Click here to add your name to Cally Houck’s petition on Change.org asking Enterprise Rent-a-Car to stop opposing a law to protect drivers from renting recalled cars.



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