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Old 07-27-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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Red face Is Borax a safe washing detergent

I was given a home-made washing powder/laundry soap recipe, but wondered how much the borax would shorten the life of my diapers?? Anyone know or have experience? I dont have any experience with Borax in my wash let alone my cd's.

Here's the recipe:

1/2 c. Baking Soda
1/2 c. Super Washing Soda
1/4 c. Borax

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Old 07-27-2006, 02:07 PM   #2
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Re: Is Borax a safe washing detergent

I always use borax with cloth diapers and all my laundry. I use (guessing) about a half cup borax and a half cup detergent per load. Never had any problems. I've also sprinkled it in the pail when it gets too stinky. So my personal experience with it has been OK. I don't know I about using all homemade versus commerical detergent, though.
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Old 07-28-2006, 10:35 AM   #3
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Iíve been considering your question further and googled ďcloth diapers borax.Ē In care of diapers, there are PLENTY of sites that recommend borax. Itís been a long time, but Iím pretty sure thatís why I started using borax years ago.

However, I did find a few sites that do NOT recommend borax (1 says it will break down waterproofness on covers, 1 says it breaks down fibers, 1 doesnít specify a reason). I have never had any problems, though. (I have some diapers with holes, but theyíre six years old and got heavy use with my son, so I attribute it to age/use.)

http://store.kidbean.com/clothdiapers.html
http://www.justpeace.org/bestforbaby.htm
http://www.cutofcloth.com/article_SecondLookAtCloth.asp

What I did find of interest is this:
http://www.naturemoms.com/dangers-of-borax.html

I havenít done research yet to verify this information, but I will definitely be looking into it.

I don't know if I've helped or just given you more questions! I guess Iíd say itís up to you, but if you're really concerned then don't do borax.
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Re: Is Borax a safe washing detergent

I use borax for many things including laundry and have used them with all my children for diapers.

I can't remember what the ph difference is in baking soda making it not as favorable of a choice - but the washing soda is definately for washing.


I use 1 bar grated homemade goat milk soap
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda

for my receipe and have used it for years now.
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Re: Is Borax a safe washing detergent

I use Borax with my diapers and my kids clothes. Always have. My mom did when we were little too.

On another note...what exactly is washing soda? I have never heard of it before.....
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Arm & Hammer All Natural Super Washing Soda - Detergen Booster & household cleaner.
Pure & Natural Since 1874
100% Fragrance & Phosphate Free

They also Package their products in 100% Recycled Paperboard.

You can usually find it in the same isle as the Borax if not next to it.
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