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Casa Verde: Borax Best For Bath

If you don't have time to mix up my bath and tile recipe for clean, good news: There's another project that will get the job done. In a recent comparison study on environmental site Grist, writer and assistant editor Sarah van Schagen tested eight different green cleaners to see which one scrubbed the tub with the least amount of elbow grease and the most shine. And out of the fancy— and expensive — brands she tested, she ultimately found that a very simple product got the job done the best. The product? Borax. In case you're unfamiliar with this product, borax is made up of a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. It's biodegradable and green, and a great, economical choice for your cleaning and scrubbing needs. "Forget complicated ingredient lists, fancy spray bottles, and flowery fragrances," advises Sarah in the article. "We suggest you join Team Borax and use the power of 20 mules to get bathroom surfaces sparkling for little effort and even less moola."

Less moola is right: A 76 ounce box of 20 Mule Team Borax costs an average of $4.49, while an 11 ounce box of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Surface Scrub will set you back $5.99. That's about 6 cents an ounce for the Borax, compared to 54 cents an ounce for the Mrs. Meyers.

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