When someone mentions boric acid (BA), many people think about harmful chemicals, but the truth is that this boron-derived substance can cure all types of fungus. It is a primary ingredient in many different efficient and inexpensive home remedies used for treating fungal infections like vaginal yeast infections or athlete’s foot infection. But, this is not where the list of health benefits of using boric acid stops.
Are you dealing with recurring eye irritations? Homemade eyewash based on boric acid (BA) can serve as cleanser that can combat infections and irritations in this area. This eyewash delivers easing relief fast and on top of that aids the elimination of contaminants located in the eye.
Many people are unaware that boric acid is used as a pest repellent at homes too. Homeowners have relied on BA as cockroach repellent for more than one hundred years. This is one of the best remedies against cockroaches ever and it has proven to be effective against other pests too.
What is great about boric acid is the fact that it is not very toxic to animals and humans compared to standard pesticides. Some of those pesticides have been associated with cancer, ADHD and other serious health issues. In addition, using boric acid comes with few other benefits.
Boric Acid Uses
As previously mentioned, it is used as a household item and a remedy. The following is a list of some of the benefits of using boric acid.
- Yeast Infections
Is it true that BA can help women treat and eliminate vaginal yeast infection? The answer is YES. There are experts who recommend specially designed vaginal boric acid capsules to fight vaginal yeast infections especially infections that cannot be removed with pharmaceutical drugs.
When it comes to yeast infections, BA is usually utilized as solid preparation that should be placed in the vagina before bedtime for a period of 10 to 15 days. The rate of success of this method goes up to 70% and this information was confirmed by the CDC.
A scientific study conducted not while ago and revealed in the popular Diabetes Care journal has shown that boric acid vaginal medications were much more efficient compared to oral azole drugs at least when it comes to candida signs and symptoms in women suffering from diabetes.
- Cockroach Eliminator
Unfortunately, cockroaches can appear literally everywhere – in homes, offices, shops, restaurants, factories etc. These insects are not only ugly and creepy, but they can also bring many serious problems in every environment and jeopardize the health of people who live or work in the same area where they live.
Roaches attract germs on the legs and they can spread these germs in food and other objects that people put in their mouth. It is not unusual for these bugs to spread salmonella or Escherichia coli.
What is even worse is that their dead skin cells, saliva and feces were associated with allergy and asthma attacks because they come with strong allergens that result in these reactions which are more common in kids.
Luckily, we can always rely on BA when we want to eliminate cockroaches. These persistent hideous bugs die even after walking in areas sprinkled with boric acid. Once they step on it, the powder stick to their body and penetrate their internal structure. A very small amount can make them stay away from your home while a higher amount can kill them almost instantly.
It has proven to be equally effective in ants, silverfish, termites, fleas, wood borers and beetles infestations.
If you want to make inexpensive and highly efficient eyewash you should use boric acid diluted in water. It doesn’t really matter whether you are dealing with some mild eye irritation or you have some serious infection, eyewash based on boric acid can eliminate the issue by easing the symptoms of inflammation and eliminating bacterial infections.
It is also very effective in cases of pinkeye symptoms and signs.
If you are skeptical about this, you should know that some of the best commercial eyewashes contain boric acid in high amounts. In order to ease the symptoms of such irritations and infections, prepare a boric acid mouthwash at home.
There are many people who use boric acid when they notice acne. As a matter of fact, many products used for external treatment of acne and other skin disorders and problems include boric acid.
Boric acid has strong antibacterial properties and as you know acne is formed as a result of the presence of bacteria. So, logically, BA can aid the elimination of bacteria and remove acne. But, we must point out that using boric acid comes with certain side effects like skin irritation in some cases.
There are many countries around the globe that have banned boric acid in cosmetic products. The EGW labels this acid as an acid that is linked to certain health issues.
- Athlete’s Foot
As previously mentioned, boric acid can be very helpful in cases of fungal infections including toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Only a small amount of boric acid (a few sprinkles) powder in the stockings or socks can aid the elimination of minor infections and soothe the burning and itching sensation caused by athlete’s foot.
In addition, BA can remove the unpleasant foot smell that comes as a result of athlete’s foot.
But, how exactly BA heals athlete’s foot? Boric acid alters the pH value of the skin and aids the removal of dead skin cells (exfoliation) and these dead skin cells make the fungus thrive. Boric acid is a very powerful fungicide and even if commercial antifungal creams and lotions can’t help, it is very likely that BA will help.
BA is often used as a strong house cleaning product, stain eliminator, deodorizer, mold eliminator and disinfectant. Feel free to pour some boric acid to the laundry if you want to thoroughly clean the laundry and remove stains. Many people use it to scrape and clean toilet bowls. Just pour some boric acid and wait for half an hour before you start cleaning.