Borax Bouncy Balls Tutorial #DIY

Borax has been around for as long as I can remember. Being a small girl I remember my grandmother pulling her box of Borax from the shelf and adding it to her laundry as a laundry booster. I’ve used in my own home to remove stains and visited their site for cleaning tips.

I’m sure when I received the 20 Mule Team Borax the intention was to write a review about laundry. Let’s face it, we know how to do laundry! It consumes a large portion of our week. So? We decided to show you something amazing you can use 20 Mule Team Borax for besides laundry!

Something like Borax Bouncy Balls!

Here’s what you need:

how to make bouncing balls


1 Tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax

1/2 Cup Warm Water

Ziploc Bag

3 Tablespoons Elmer’s School Glue


Pour 1/2 cup water into Ziploc Bag.

Add 1 Tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax to the water.

Mush the bag until the Borax dissolves

Add 3 T. Elmer’s School Glue. Note: The glue is going to get “stiff” quickly so adding it as quickly as possible is preferred.

Making bouncy balls from borax

Seal Ziploc bag and begin kneading the glue.

One it gets “stiff”, remove the glue “glob” from the bag and knead with your hands. There may be pockets of glue, so be prepared.

Work the glue with your hands into a round, ball shape.

borax bouncy balls

Once the “glob” is not longer sticky, take it out to bounce!

borax bouncy ballsStore the bouncy ball in the borax water solution to keep from drying out. You may have to knead it again when you take it out to use it.


Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book and celebrating the little things.

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  1. mary gardner says

    pre-treat stains asap to keep them from setting in and they will come out much easier

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  2. LeShonda Belton says

    I use it in my Laundry and to help with cleaning all around the house it even helps get crayon off of walls.

  3. adrienne mcelwain says

    every 20 or so loads of laundry run your washer with nothing but the water and a few cups of vinegar. It will keep the washer clean and help make your cloths smell and feel much cleaner!

  4. Courtney Tucker says

    I like to make my laundry detergent with Mule Team Borax, tip: add purex crystals when making your own.

  5. Donna Cheatle says

    My tip is once a month I add 1 cup of vinegar to the load of towels. It gets rid of buildup from fabric softeners and makes them soft and more absorbent!

  6. Sarah Hall says

    Always pretreat stains or spots on your clothes before you wash them. It saves alot of headaches later.

  7. says

    Best laundry tip- When pre treating and sunshine don’t work for stains, try soaking article of clothing in a basin filled with very warm water and oxy clean.

  8. says

    Just last week I thought my FSU alumni shirt was ruined. I went to a local hair salon where the girls were training. My 2nd cousin got dark brown hair color on the shirt. I soaked it 3 days in Borax & tide, & the shirt looks brand new. Thanks, Borax!

  9. Cynthia C says

    I keep a stain stick in the bathroom so I can treat clothing stains as soon as I take them off and put them in the hamper.

  10. carrie s says

    Make your own laundry soap with the Borax and save tons of money and you do not have all the crap the soap co puts in there’s and it cleans so much better

  11. says

    There are so many tips I have learned – Dawn dish detergent is great for getting out oil stains, rubbing alcohol is great for getting out ink stains, and hydrogen peroxide is great for getting out blood stains – just be careful because peroxide can bleach fabric if left on too long.

  12. Amanda Yelverton says

    My fav laundry tip is that I use Borax to make my own laundry detergent! Also Dreft laundry spray is the BEST stain remover ever!!

  13. Dena Sablotny says

    Leave a comment sharing your favorite laundry tip — wash new clothes once before you wear them for the first reason is to remove or diminish the chemical finishes that manufacturers put on clothes to make them look better, and the other is to rinse out excess dye.

  14. jenifer M says

    Laundry tip? Spray stains and hope for the best? I cant wait to try the bouncy ball trick, my kids will have fun with it.

  15. Tabitha says

    have always wanted to try my own laundry detergent!! 🙂 this would be a great way to start!
    i always sun dry stains esp on cloth diapers! AMAZING!

  16. Deanna Tate says

    if you have mildewed clothing, scrub the area with dawn dishwashing liquid. Rinse thoroughly and then soak in bleach water (1/2c bleach to 1 gallon of water) until spots are gone.Rinse thoroughly. If the item still smells mildewed soak in vinegar water.

  17. rose fann says

    i love using a bit of dawn dish washing liquid for the greasy rags and towels from the sink, help take out all that nasty mess on them..just a couple of dots is all you need

  18. Stephanie says

    I have a almost 7month old and we are eating foods and get stains here and there I make my own laundry soap but it don’t always get the stains out soaking in oxy clean works most times but sometimes I need something else so I dig out the mean green and spray it on works great even on old stains from old clothes 🙂

  19. Stephanie says

    We found some photo wire and a few eye hooks in our junk drawer and created a make-shift clothesline in our apartment. I love being able to hang-dry items instead of using the dryer, which always heats the apartment up too much!

  20. missy wilber says

    Fels naptha bar soap for removing stains. rub the stain before you add to the washer. I use Fels naptha to make homemade laundry soap and keep an extra bar on hand to use for stain removal.

  21. Monique Stapley says

    For grease and oil stains use dawn dish soap, have had it work on stains that have been washed and dried with out detections and have had success.

  22. Lee Ann Cameron says

    My favorite laundry tip is to get someone else to wash lol but since that is not possible around here. I like to make sure that everything smells fresh and looks clean. 20 mule team can do so many things from cleaning clothes to cleaning sinks, deodorizing trash boost your cleaning supplies. Just remember not to use it and a fabric additive that adds scent to your clothes, it will neutralize it .