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. crystal allen says:

    my tip is to wash in cold water: it saves money and keeps your clothes from shrinking

  2. shanta spradlin says:

    If its a tough stain, I put detergent on it and let it sit over night.

  3. Hang dry your clothes!

  4. kathy pease says:

    i like to hand clothes on the line to save dryer costs

  5. Julia Goldberg says:

    awesome for cleaning, I use it in my home

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Charlene Shaver says:

    I pretreat stains & soak for 30 minutes before washing.

  9. Cynthia Montiel says:

    I always use borax when washing my baby’s cloth diapers.

  10. Susan Smith says:

    I pre soak tough stains

  11. Christopher R says:

    Great laundry detergent booster !

  12. Karl Wankowicz says:

    Detergent cleans you clothes

  13. Laurie Emerson says:

    I like to soak my whites overnight in a pre-cleaning solution.

  14. kathy artis says:

    Using baking soda in the laundry for cleaner & fresh smelling.

  15. Terry Cross says:

    Dawn is a great stain remover

  16. 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!

  17. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    pre-soak extra stain clothes before washing

  18. Oxy clean is great for getting whites white.

  19. Paula Tavernie says:

    I pre soak for tough stains!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  20. Spray and Wash and Oxyclean, I would love to make my own laundry soap, I might try it :)

  21. Rebecca Peters says:

    I pretreat stains before washing

  22. Hesper Fry says:

    We wash in cold water to save energy

  23. Courtney Tucker says:

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

  24. 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!

  25. Linda Lansford says:

    use a pre stain

  26. Sarah Hall says:

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

  27. krystal wethington says:

    dont let stains set in

  28. Soak whites in Oxy before wash. They stay white :)

  29. Jason Timbreza says:

    my laundry tip is to have your significant other do the laundry for you!

  30. Stephanie L. says:

    Soak clothes in cold water to remove blood.

  31. I like using Borax to boost the whites.

  32. Bottle of vinegar, dash of blue dawn and water for tough stains.

  33. Soaking stained clothing overnight in a basin with hot water & Borax seems to work well! :-)

  34. I use it everyday! Great stuff, would love to win some. Thanks for a chance!

  35. 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.

  36. Dissolving detergent before putting clothes in wash so you don’t get that white residue on your closthes

  37. Tari Lawson says:

    I use Lestoil to get out greasy stains.

  38. Add vinegar to help with odors

  39. Christine says:

    pretreat all stains

  40. Connie Lee says:

    Try to get a stain out as soon as it happens. If it has time to set, it’s much harder.

  41. Melanie Rhodes says:

    For hard to treat stains, use BORAS

  42. Jenn Wheeler says:

    No tips yet. As soon as I run out of detergent I am going to make my own, wish me luck

  43. 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!

  44. Hannah Leuschen says:

    Also like to add a bit of baking soda to my laundry to help with oders.

  45. Coby Green says:

    I don’t have one, but I’m interested in using this stuff to see how well it works!

  46. Deborah Cunningham Martin says:

    Pretreat stains!!!

  47. Pretreat, Pretreat, Pretreat!

  48. kim burnett says:

    Pretreat stains before washing them

  49. janet benthin says:

    I make my own laundry soap using 20 mule team borax…works great

  50. 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.

  51. debbie jackson says:

    treat stains asap

  52. Treat stains as soon as possible! (Yeah, I know, obvious! lol)

  53. I would like to make my own laundry detergent to save money

  54. Never forget to have dryer sheets.

  55. Cut your dryer sheets in half, they’ll last twice as long :)

  56. love 20 mule team borax. have for years. my new granddaughter will have stain free clothes

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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!!

  60. Tanya Hull says:

    I make my own laundry soap

  61. I always use some oxy clean with each load!

  62. Use this to make your own laundry detergent! My hubby does and the neighbor swears by it!

  63. chelsea plevinski says:

    Make your own! Use Borax, washing soap, and water!

  64. 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.

  65. Rebecca LaBine says:

    pre-treat stains seems to work pretty good….

  66. 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.

  67. Amy Osborn says:

    Make your own laundry detergent and save money!

  68. 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!

  69. Emily Lawson says:

    love using lemon juice and the power of the sun to bleach out those whites

  70. I would say pretreat all stains and I am going to try making my own soap so this would hel me out

  71. 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.

  72. 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

  73. Ashley Richarte says:

    Saving money by making my own using borax!

  74. 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 :)

  75. I love this product. I make my own laundry detergent and we use it for all kinds of crafts.

  76. I make my own laundry detergent. It works perfect.

  77. 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!

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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 .


    my homemade laundry crystals

  82. Pre soak with a paste of water and borax, thanks

  83. Sunshine is the BEST stain remover!

  84. Tiffany Greene says:

    Pretreat stains before washing them! Thanks!!

  85. Tammy Crowder says:

    My laundry tip is to make your own laundry detergent. It is easy and saves tons of money!

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