687 Responses to “Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not?”

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  1. Nicolas

    The Chicken Littles should ring alarms about human saliva, which naturally contains substantial nitrates. How do we ever survive?

  2. Amanda L Bralick

    This is a really good article. I appreciate the research. Thanks for helping

  3. S Garramone MD

    He didn’t do any research. It is all conjecture. Don’t use it in the house.

    • Christine

      why do you think it shouldn’t be used in the house?

      • Mary

        I know of a lot of things that an MD will tell you to clean your house with that is not safe. So WHY should we not use a natural product in our house? Because its not from the BIG PHARM?
        I have used this stuff for many years and I plan to use it many more.

  4. St

    Such clear and understandable information. Thank you. I love your writing style – light and humorous, not overdone, but strong content!

  5. Cheri

    Thank you for providing useful information! My hubby has cancer and I’ve been looking for ways to de-toxify our home. Finding any kind of DIY recipes for cleaning supplies that don’t include Borax are few and far between…and the few I did find didn’t work well. (It makes me wonder if some bloggers have even tried it themselves, sheesh.)

    After much searching and head scratching, I came across your blog and my confusion is now informed clarity :D Thanks for keeping it real.

  6. Christine

    Thank you for the high-quality info in this post! I’m using Borax to kill fleas in my home. I was wondering if I could leave the dog loose in the house while I let the borax sit in the carpet while I was gone. I’m going to rest easy now, knowing that Borax is just a salt, and my dog will be fine because there aren’t any piles or clumps of it sitting around that she could eat.

  7. Does this work for my husband’s clothes… He works landscaping and I’m having a hard time finding something that works to get the smell out…HRLP!

  8. Trish

    I have been trying to find a natural emulsifier, and I have finally found one, ysing beeswax and borax. I was concerned about borax, but thanks for putting my concerns to bed

  9. M K

    While scrubbing the floor with a mix of borax and an all organic liquid soap one of the parakeets I share the apartment with flew down and landed in the minimal suds. I shooed him away IMMEDIATELY. The next morning, I found him vomitting. Parakeets vomit into each other’s mouths as a sign of affection, but this was just him vomitting up seeds repeatedly but still moving about and eating, making his usual sounds. I went to work concerned but figuring he’d make it through. He didn’t, while he was alive and yet still vomitting when I returned after my 8 hour shift, he died that late night, approximately 30 hours after landing in a what was a pretty diluted amount of borax. It had to be the Borax. My thought is he got it on his feet then ingested it. While not highly poisonous to rats, it killed my little bird friend. Ultimately it’s my fault for thinking it wouldn’t be toxic, and allowing the two boy birds to fly about freely while I cleaned with it.

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