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Kill weeds by sprinkling borax where you've seen weeds previously appear. This is useful for weeds that surface in concrete cracks and on walkways, but shouldn't be used in the garden because it will also kill your plants. Sprinkle some borax around the perimeter of the house too and you'll be free from ants and other intruding insects.
There is a commercial ant killer on the market made with the first bait that uses borax, and it REALLY works well, but at first it seems like you have more ants because they will flock to it. 2 to 3 days later they will vanish for good though... so dont panic just let them feed away.
dishwasher soap - Baking Soda (frugal favorite!) Borax (all-natural household cleaner, available at many stores in the laundry aisle) Mix together equal parts of each ingredient, store in a labeled container Use just like a commercial powdered detergent, approximately 2 TBS per load. That’s it! Each load will cost you mere pennies. (also use vinegar in the jetdry well instead of the expensive stuff)
DIY Tutorial: How to Steam Clean Carpet. You can save a ton of money with a DIY carpet cleaning.