The boron compound known as borax is most often seen in the form of a white powder. The powder may be dissolved with water. A variety of common home products, such as cosmetics, crockery, and cleaning agents, include borax in one form or another. It is possible to kill common home pests using borax powder, such as fleas, ants, and roaches; however, after the powder has completed its task, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible since it is harmful to both children and dogs. Even while the procedure of cleaning up isn’t very difficult, you still need to be careful.
Before you start cleaning, make sure all of the children and animals are safely tucked away in another part of the house. Put on protective gloves, something to cover your mouth and nose, and eye protection like safety goggles, for example. Be prepared in advance for the possibility that you may accidently kick up some of the dust while you are cleaning. Inhaling the powder might result in chest tightness, coughing, and even bleeding from the nose and mouth. Abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and weakness are all possible side effects of ingestion. When working with chemicals, it is better to err on the side of caution than regret.
The dust should be swept into a container that has a secure lid. In order to prevent the powder from becoming dust, first moisten it and then sweep it up. You also have the option of using a vacuum to collect the powder. In the next step, the vacuum bag should be disposed of in the same manner that a container would be.
Dispose of the container in a proper manner by placing it in a trash can, ideally one that is situated outside of the residence. Take care to store the borax in a location that is not near any water. Borax is hazardous to aquatic habitats.
Scrub the affected areas with hot soapy water, focusing on the areas where the borax powder was. If the powder got on the rugs, you should probably get them steam cleaned to get rid of the residue.