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    • april piccirillo

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  3. april piccirillo

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      Also, just want to mention that, in the past, almost all women used borax to wash their hair. I am sure if there had been a problem with it, they would have stopped

      • D

        Let’s just say that given the contents of long-used cosmetics through history, I sincerely doubt that we can be certain that women would have made good health choices around their beauty routines. Even today it is very hard to convince people that damaging chemicals should not be used on their hair and skin (witness the Brazilian Blow-outs of recent history, just as a start)

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  10. Craig B

    Substances and mixtures imported into the European Union which contain Borax are now required to be labelled with the warnings “May damage fertility” and “May damage the unborn child”. That is enough of a red flag for me to avoid using Borax as a “detergent booster”.

    • Patrick

      Pretty much anything is poisonous in sufficient amounts, including water. Look at the lethal dose (50%) for Borax and table salt, salt is MUCH more poisonous. Same for fertility effects, table salt has more fertility effects (and these effects can be passed to the child – not so with borax) than borax and with smaller amounts. Do your research and empower yourself. Borax is no more toxic than table salt.

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  20. Dawn

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  22. Joyce Omylyon

    I think that the folks who are concerned about the use of Borax in homemade dishwasher detergents should be informed of the warnings on the commercial dishwasher detergents. I am not aware of any that are considered safe for contact with skin or clothing, and they are certainly not safe for ingestion! I have no public platform, but, if I did, I would put that at the top of a great page, like this one.

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  24. Bruce Hodge

    Hi! Love your writing style, GSOH and the site. Only two concerns with Borax. Most of the reports I’ve read say it doesn’t penetrate skin well, but they also qualify this by saying ‘intact skin’, i.e., no rashes or sores etc. That kind of infers that if your skin is not intact, (me, I have dreadful skin on hands and arms due to knocking around in the garden so much, and of course a nine month old kitten who loves to BITE!) then it is possible that the Borax will make it through the skin barrier. My other concern is that I often read of people ingesting (swallowing) Borax as if it were a medicine/health food. What do you think Crunchy? Good idea or not?

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  1. […] conclusion that the material isn’t more harmful than baking soda.  One particular blog post (found here) brought up a few studies that swayed my opinion away from borax being a harmful chemical.  That […]

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  3. […] I don’t think it could possibly get any easier!  A few months ago, I shared a recipe I had found to make my own dishwasher pods. It was the first DIY cleaning product I made and was so much fun. Not to mention, they have done an excellent job on our dishes. They were a little tedious to make so this time around, because of time constraints, I decided to just make the powder. I definitely don’t like it as much as the pods so I will be switching back next time.   The ingredients you need for either the powder or pods are: 1 cup Borax 1 cup Washing Soda 1 cup salt  1 canister of Lemishine If you want to try out the pods, check out my post here. If you would rather stick with the powder, all you have to do is pour all of the ingredients together and stir. I strongly recommend doing this outside as mixing all the ingredients together make a pretty large and strong cloud. It also couldn’t hurt to use a mask and gloves. I stored the powder in the canister we had our pods in and reused the Lemishine container to keep out on the counter.  To some of you green cleaning veterans or those who have researched cleaning agents, you maybe asking yourself, “wait, I thought more studies were finding concerns with Borax?!?” I was actually unaware of the health concerns around Borax until it was brought up in a Facebook group I started, Creating a Greener Life.  I found some good resources and after thinking it through, decided to continue to use Borax for the moment. Most of what I read said Borax was dangerous in high quantities just like salt is. I will continue doing research and find an alternative when it’s time to make a new batch of pods.  One of the main things that lead me to this conclusion is that, even with the recipe doubled as I did the first time, 2 cups of Borax was divided into about 35 weeks. Since almost all of the Borax is washed away in dishwasher cycle, we aren’t really ingesting enough to even calculate (IMHO).  I take precautions and wear a mask, use gloves and mix everything outside. We also keep it out of reach of our pets and of course Parker. We still hand wash all of his utenciles and bottles with Dapple.  Here are some resources you may find helpful to make a decision you are comfortable with.  Borax Powder Profile – Mountain Rose Herbs Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not? – Crunchy Betty […]



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