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  1. Rachel

    I’ve been trying to move toward natural bath and cleaning products, but the borax-free laundry detergent just wasn’t cutting it. I had seen all the mixed messages out there about whether or not borax was safe and had decided it was better to avoid it than to make a new detergent just as toxic as my old one. THANK YOU for the solid information!!! My conclusion from your article is that it’s fine when used with some common sense. Hopefully my detergent can get things clean now! =D

  2. When added to a laundry wash, borax makes detergents even more effective. It’s also “quite alkaline, so it kills mold and fungus and softens water,” says Robert Wolke, Ph.D., author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
    Maze Hill Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  3. Barbara

    Back in the day, it is what people used to enhance the cleaning of their clothes. My grandmother always used it. She died of old age, not a cancerous cell in her body.I hate today’s washing detergents. The eco friendly ones are too expensive. Will be making my own using Borax and natural soap that I make. I’m no chemist, but I’d rather use this. Just because some products are labeled natural, that doesn’t mean they can’t be toxic.

    • tki

      Actually, everyone has cancerous cells in their body.

    • Gerald


      When you comment, give tips and information, NOT waffle!

      When you have a full wash, do you add 1 tablespoon of Borax to the wash?


      • danab

        Nope. I add 1/2 cup to every load of laundry. Helps keep my machine clean too. :D

        • Donna

          Do you have a top or front loader washing machine? Is it safe to use in front loader washing machines?

          • TLK

            Absolutely! I have a front loading washing machine. Once the inevitable stink set in I used the expensive commercial “front loading washing machine cleaners. My youngest son has very sensitive skin & was breaking out all of a sudden. I had always been using borax to soak his baby clothes, since he also had reflux. An older friend of mine told me to add Borax to every load of wash & I would not have that problem anymore. She was right!!! I’ve had my washing machine for 7 years & all is well! Not to mention, no nasty stench. Ever! :-)

  4. Elis

    Thank you for the help, my friend brought home made goo to school and it had Borax in it and the science teacher said that was deadly, and she got written up! And it was concerning me.

  5. Herman Rutner

    Boric acid and sugar, 1: 10 ratio,dissolved in some water is an excellent ant poison, even used professionally by exterminators. Tastes sweet, so it may be poisonous to kids and pets. Best used in nooks and crannies used by ants.

  6. Heidi

    You mentioned it’s safe accept if it’s mixed with an acid, what about vinegar? (I apologize if this has already been answered, I didn’t read through all the posts) Thanks in advance!

  7. Mark Hartmann

    Thank you for your information on Borax. I am also wondering, is pure Borax just as safe on the packet it is also known as sodium tetri- Borate Decahydrate?

  8. Ty Bowes


    Thanks for your article. I like your site. 8)

    I’ve been doing a lot of research into boron/borax, and have been looking for evidence around it’s genome modifying properties (mutagenic?), but have not had any luck.

    Can you point to some research around this for me?

    Thank you. 8)


  9. barbie Seidmann

    I used borax for the first time last week to clean my sink and bath tub. I used 1/4 cup like the box instructions said to and my hand looks and feels like I have poison ivy. It’s been a week and I’m still itchy and red. I’ll not be using it for anything ever again. I am not allergic to anything but I guess maybe this product.

    • Kelly Tovar

      Using cleaning gloves i still a good idea. Even though it is naturally derived it will still irritate your skin on large amounts.

    • Sarah

      you aren’t allergic, it’s just super-alkaline. You over cleaned your skin. Vinegar water should neutralize the alkali, and gloves are definitely in your future!

    • Rex

      Read Walter last on borax.its an essential mineral salt complex that benefits when taken internally 200-500 mg or half teaspoon.I currently take a teaspoon a day following the video – all about ascorbic acid on you tube by Tony pantelleresco. Crunchy Betty is NOT giving the correct info about is HALF the danger of table salt and fights arthritis.fluoride in the brain and candida. tes and yeast infections.athlete ds sex hormones.osteoporosis.I’m sorry but crunchy Betty is an obediant brainwashed consumer drone who is to be sickened and eliminated as a useless eater( Kissinger and the moriah) read the Georgia guide stones borax also removes radiation.if you TV watchers dont wake up now you will soon be dead.

  10. kahrt

    Borax was prescribed to my mother years ago for a skin condition that was dry and itchy, by a dermatologist. I just use it to exfoliate and my son uses it for poison ivy. Came here to see if it was toxic and I am still not worried. I am pretty sure they add what I use to soap powder and call it Boraxo.

  11. kroe

    Yeah, I’m taking a permaculture class utilizing grey water (legal & coded here in California). #1 thing NOT to use in laundry, etc., is borax–as the boron element is too high even for your garden plants. It will kill your fruit trees, lawn, etc. The amount of boron needed fir plants to live, is miniscule. That’s why borax works so well as an herbicide, fungicide, & pesticide!

    Also, it takes around 15-20 grams to kill a human, only 5 grams to kill a pet the size of a cat. It should be stored up and out of the reach of children, pets, or anyone mentally infirm.

    It has been known to also kill the beneficial algae in municipal water treatment facilities.

    The problem is, borax is naturally occurring, and has been used for around 4,000 years. But so has lead. So has a lot of other things, that have been used in beauty products and whatnot. Just cuz it’s natural, and can be used in a lot of things, doesn’t mean it should be.

    If using it, use with caution.

    • MetaEd

      15-20 grams to kill a human? Maybe an infant. The average 62 kg adult human could eat more than 300 grams (imagine a coffee mug full) and still have a 50/50 chance of surviving.

    • Rex

      FIt takes 100-200 grams to kill a human.I take 6 grams a day and its improving my health.20 grams is a heaping tablespoon.SINCE borax is HALF the danger ld50 of table salt it OBVIOUSLY won’t kill you at 20 grams.I cannot believe how ignorant and outright stupid the crunchy Betty crowd THE BORAX CONSPIRACY on you tube or read at earth clinic.

    • Osmodia

      I take 5mm of boron twice a day and my arthritis is getting better!
      I reckon Kroe must work for the FDA or maybe one of the drug companies!

  12. ClaudeA

    ANY naysaying about using natural elements v.s. commercial synthetic products is Highly suspicious for that very reason! NEVER EVER listen to snake oil salesmen!

  13. Laura

    Thank you so much for this well reasoned, thought out, and researched info!

  14. Dev

    I was wondering the same thing as another. If the compound changes when mixed with acid then is it safe to mix with vinegar. Many people mix up a spray cleaner with both vinegar and borax.

    • Sami

      You’ll notice that she mentioned that it’s dangerous when mixed with a strong acid. Vinegar is a very mild acid, it does not disassociate well enough to produce the toxic byproducts that people are warning you about. Apparently eating a small amount isn’t even toxic, so I assume only hydrochloric and other very strong acids would do it. I would think that if the acidic compound you’re mixing it with is safe to touch, then it should be safe to mix, but if you’re still worried about it there are a lot of alternatives to Borox that you can find online.

    • Sami

      You’ll notice that she mentioned that it’s dangerous when mixed with a strong acid. Vinegar is a very mild acid, it does not disassociate well enough to produce the toxic byproducts that people are warning you about. Apparently eating a small amount isn’t even toxic, so I assume only hydrochloric and other very strong acids would do it. I would think that if the acidic compound you’re mixing it with is safe to touch, then it should be safe to mix, but if you’re still worried about it there are a lot of alternatives to Borox that you can find online.jb

  15. Wendy

    I’ve been using borax (nothing else) in my laundry washing now for 2 years. I add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil for a nice smell. No one in the family has noticed any difference in the quality of the washing!!
    I also use it (2 tablespoons) in my dishwasher and nobody has noticed any change in the cleanliness of the dishes.
    As for the comment that it kills plants – all my grey water goes onto the garden and the plants are flourishing.
    I urge anyone and everyone to search Walter Last and read is research on borax. You may find this very useful and those that think it is a nasty poison may also appreciate the info.

    • Rosie

      Family has used borax for probably 100 years and nobody or plants died from laundry use on the farm or city life so far and the seniors lived to 80-90 years old and I am in my 60’s . . Remember it goes a long way and use carefully for laundry and pest control – ants , borax and after a couple of hours add water it works every time no sugar . . and mould in bathroom showers borax ,baking soda and vinegar to make paste apply and let sit 2hours and use old toothbrush to agitate and rinse . Laundry – borax , TSP, and oxiclean combo and hot water cleans laundry and no detergent needed and cleans faster as a degreaser and removes all body oils from clothing and usually stains if cleaned immediately just make sure you keep colors separate because you may get a surprise . . . be smart -be safe!

  16. Emilie

    Thank you so very much for this informative article. I have just discovered the many uses of borax and I like to use the most natural and non-toxic stuff I can for as much as I can. I was really wondering about borax and your research cleared up my confusion and satisfied my wondering mind. Thanks again!!

  17. Neesee

    Interesting article. I am currently researching ingesting small amount of Borax for treatment of various illnesses, such as Fibromyalgia. I’m not sold on on the idea yet, but still researching it.

  18. Anon

    Dont want to scare the freaks who think Borax or even Boric Acid is somehow dangerous… guess what it is not… Boric Acid AND Borax are used in swimming pools and hot tubs all around the world for stabalizing the PH drift if you swim regularly chances are you are OMG swimming in boric acid and if they are not using boric acid in your pool or hot tub than you are swimming in at least 3 different chemicals which are known to be much more toxic than Boric Acid or Borax…

    Boric Acid is also the main ingredient in the eyewashes prescribed to patients with eye infections such as pink eye.

    Yes Boric acid is used to kill roaches but also the stuff sold as roach killer is not pure medical grade boric acid and often has other crap mixed in with it.

    When choosing between the two (Borax or Boric Acid)… I use 100% pure boric acid which is medical grade and available on Amazon for a decent price. The PH is better than Borax and as such when using it in our pool or hottub I dont have to add a bunch of other chemicals to offset the high PH of Borax.

    You people are scared of Borax or Boric Acid but yet it is the safest additive out of anything else that is added to swimming pools. In fact we switched to using Boric Acid because it allowed us to drastically cut down on the number of chemicals we swim in.

  19. Roo

    Thank you for this! Was just using Borax to make candle wicks and poured some over my hands so was slightly concerned but you have put my mind at ease! Very well researched, saved me heaps of time too as there seems to be nothing else on the internet so concise. I will certainly start looking into using borax in other homemade products now too :) thanks

  20. Roderick

    The safest and most secure thing is not to be born. Nothing is 100% this or that, because that is an illusion, which stems from the human desire to achieve perfection. The safest computer is the one that is never switched on … Life entails death and uncertainty and so living is an incurable and deadly disease, but that doesn’t mean one needs to become depressed :-).

    Then there is this belief that either health or sickness purely stem from the substances why take in or avoid. Well, that idea is too simplistic as well. Do not underestimate the power of one’s own convictions or beliefs: believing that a pill works often has wonderful results, even though it is merely a sugar tablet.

    When it comes to “chemicals” (and everything is chemical, even if it conveys the illusion of being “safe” or “natural”): we are walking chemistry factories ourselves. The idea of substances being “natural”, as if nature would be able to circumvent chemistry when synthesizing all of the necessary compounds, found in our bodies or in the environment itself, is ludicrous. Chemistry is not some kind of evil human-only invention and why would man-made things be “unnatural” (as if humans do not belong to nature)? Nature produces some of the most toxic substances and so-called “safe” materials, such as water, are also potentially dangerous under the right circumstances. Drink 6-8 liters of water at once and you’ll die of water poisoning, guaranteed. This poison flows freely into every house :-) … Great for depressed juveniles!


    1. It is impossible to make absolute statements about stuff being either safe or not, because it all depends on circumstances such as exposure rate, concentration, pH, temperature, personal constitution, species, etc. So it is useless to consult the MSDS of individual substances, unless one can interpret the data presented therein.

    2. There is also more than just mere matter when it comes to either health or sickness (the latter is not something one should avoid at all cost because it is part of the learning experiences we need to go through).

    3. In spite of all our “wealth” and “civilization”, there is one thing we still can not deal with properly in the West, which is the inevitable situation we call “death”. Not that our true being really vanishes, our body is merely a temporary shell (and we are definitely not our body). The superficially observable body purely serves as a conduit to connect our actual being with the nature of this physical realm. Only caring for your material body is like providing the Titanic with fresh supplies :-) …

    • Anna H.

      Sanity! sanity! So good to see! Thumbs up on this reality check.

    • linda

      you are a buddhist obviously. i am tibetan buddhist and your comments inspire me and lead me to the inevitable conclusion that you understand impermanence and the fact that we should not see this life as anything but what it is. part of the journey to a more enlightened mindsteam.

    • georg

      Great comment! But one doesn’t need to be a buddist or something like that to have such insights. It’s just plain common sense, if you step back a little bit.

      Yes, our physical bodies are chemical plants, but they are also electrical power plants and electrical broadcasting and receiver stations.

  21. Ido Revel

    trying to make my very own aggregate (sand) binder using polysaccharides(starches), or casein for my mud home, and i saw many online articles where it is used as part of the adhesive, but to what extent or purpose i couldt gather. is borax supposed to increase crosslinking or cohesivity – if so, maybe you could share some know-how of quantities or mixing instructions (ph, water content etc). Thanks!

  22. Miho

    I can see why it’s classes as dangerous, because it is dangerous, it used to be an additive in food that mrs beeton in the victorian era classes as harmless. It makes you ill and sick, and horrifyingly used to be put in milk to supposedly make it drinkable when it went bad and sour. I mean it probably does amazing things for detergent, but it’s banned in Europe.

    • Rex

      You are an absolute moron and are wrong,wrong,wrong about is an ESSENTIAL mineral for humans.I can only conclude you are a paid whore for big pharmacy because nobody can be that stupid

  23. Natasha

    Could you cite your source in regards to why the EU highly regulates Borax in products and requires warning labels to be placed on products that contain Borax? The link you posted brings me to an international wire lubrication company’s website that advertises Borax-free products. I am confused how concerns about excess boron in the soil would lead them to place warning labels about damage to fertility on their packaging. Thanks for your response!

  24. David Walpole

    Borax is a trace element low in many soils. Brasiccas, silver beet, beetroot, rhubarb are all plants needing it to grow well. [half a gram/sq.m] Countries with low levels have a lot of joint pains, and countries with high borax or boron levels have little arthritis. In a health group I’m in, several people have cured their sore thumb, ankles, or footaches. by taking a finger lick a day of borax. It works! but may take three months. Once cured a lick a week, may be enough. Stop completely and it will show up again perhaps a year later. David Walpole, NZ.

  25. okmomma

    hi-we have found a few fleas in our home. wondering if borax put into the carpet and left for a a week before vacuuming would kill any remaining fleas? i have a preschooler and am concerned about using store bought chemicals. have been using essential oils and putting droplets into the carpet… any concern about walking on the carpets with borax? this is the first time we’ve ever had a flea problem. thanks.

    • Megan

      be careful my dad was using this to get rid of bugs and he put it all over and made everyone sick.

    • Diatomaceous earth is a safer and more effective way to treat your carpet for fleas.

    • Ken

      Works perfect for fleas. Once and done. It’s no worse than salt. Kills them for good. Drys the eggs and since adults only live a week or so you’ll be flea free in a week because no reinforcements are produced. Sprinkle in carpet, upholstery, cracks in concrete etc. Vacuum up in a week or whatever the life of a flea is. White feet for a week mUchida better than flea bites.

  26. Tommy

    Its banned in Europe and i think in Australia.
    Thats a bunch of bull. I eat a pinch now and then.
    It has completeletly cured my bad knees and hips.
    Not scared of bullshit. Use it wisely and no problem. Work like charm in washing showerwalls and also hair.
    Be aware its quite high pH so use a lot of water to rinse.
    Iodine is also ‘poison’ same as ‘ozone’. Bunch of bull. We need it.

    • Travis

      Well said Tommy! Theres a reason Borax has been demonized by govts and medical industry. People should Google “borax conspiracy”

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  28. Louis Alexander

    I have a jar of pharmaceutical grade Borax, which has a label stating that it’s useful as a mouthwash and gingivitis preventive, while advising against swallowing it. I’ve been using it as a mouthwash for some weeks now, and it’s cleared up my long-term gingivitis and bad breath. No visible adverse side effects as of yet. I plan on continuing to use it. Note it’s USP pharmaceutical grade vs “technical” grade, which means it’s more highly purified than the 20-Mule-Team stuff.

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  30. L

    Thank you so much for this information it helped clear up some of my concerns!

  31. Liz

    Thank you so much for posting this!!!

  32. karaboo

    The use of Borax is fine. For hands and maybe in a diluted way in laundry. You all need to remember its about how the CLOTHING your washing this harsh abrasive will hold up over time. it won’t. It’s made to break down oils to clean and then it goes after the fabric itself. Take it from a Mom, A Gramma, and someone who kinda has seen it all when it comes to clothing. Your jeans will begin to unravel, thin out, and your nice tops… well kiss them goodbye. Be smart about what you wash with but don’t shoot yourself in the foot at the same time. You will end up buying alot more clothes (as it will eat it up) with all this stuff that was meant to save money in the long run. Cheap is not always right… just look at McDonald’s… worst food on the planet for the human body … and people still line up for it. In this age of finding cheaper better ways, look to ppl who have lived thru not having alot of money, and learn from them on how they did things. Our, you all will repeat the exact same things others in the past had already figured out. Be wise… use your elders.

  33. Melissa

    A good friend of mine uses borax with his laundry detergent. He adds a cup to his wash. The other day he added an extra cup. Since then he has broken out in a rash every afternoon. Could this be a coincidence or too much borax? Thanks for the input!

  34. Jane

    I add Borax to boost my laundry powder called “Charlie’s Soap.” A fantastic pairing!

  35. Truly when someone doesn’t be aware of then its up to
    other people that they will assist, so here it happens.

  36. I love how you explained everything really well, plus you stated that you did a lot of research. You and I should form the Born Council. Thank you for the time and effort put into this information sharing . I also enjoy sharing advice and money saving tips. Been doing it for years, mostly on Facebook now, but use to update my website Betty the world would be a better place if we all found a way to connect with each other and contribute to society without expecting anything in return. We need more Crunchy Betties in this world. Thank you again. Your New Friend,- Coupon Planter

  37. Leslie L.

    I’ve made my own detergent for about 7-8 years. My gallon only contains 3 Tbl of borax and 3 Tbl of washing soda (not baking) with 2 Tbl of Dawn. I add about 5 drops of essential oil to give it some aroma. My clothes are always soft enough I have never needed fabric softener, but my whites are very dingy. What will work better for whites?

  38. Kyna Abbott

    Did you NOT read this????
    Borax is NOT boric acid.

  39. Jeff

    You people probably live in bubbles. What the hell is wrong with the world.

  40. UAN

    Borax is also great at killing fleas, which was how i was introduced to it. Sprinkle liberally on your carpet, leave for a few days then vacuum. Also, borate powder can be found at the pharmacy and I have used it in a puffer for my sons constant ear infections. ENT Dr said to use it daily to alleviate water in the ear after his bath, i.e. drying the external ear tube.

  41. michele

    There are some you tubers advising to put borax in water to neutralize the flouride.
    just go to the videos. very small amount of Borax is used one eighth of a teaspoon to one liter of water. not brave enough to try it. would rater buy Mountain Valley

    spring Water. it is used in the white House. have to order it, not in the stores. The water, that is.. Blessings
    you can leave your water out for 24 hours, and the chlorine will dissapear, so the story goes. any scientific minds out there.

  42. I am Thoroughly Convinced that we are “lied to” about so many things. You have to make up your Own Mind. I DRINK small quantities of Borax everyday to help with my Arthritis. I am fine and feeling better everyday. WHY tell you something that is Cheap is GOOD when they can tell you something else . Corporate Greed. So Bad.. : (

  43. Kristina Lowe

    I started drinking borax in a liter of water after …it of the blue… i started having an auto immune condition calledHydradenitis Supperativa caused me to have HUGE PAINFUL BOILS on my lady garden and booty area. like the butt hole area. golf ball sized debilitatinglypainful nd numerous. i had usually up to 8 at a time. Im hardcore but that shut me down. my whole life stopped. after intense research i decided to try drinking borax to treat mycoplasma and candida, and it worked! i feel great! No Boils! been drinking it for months… 4 months. i did a treatment regimen at first but just drink a little daily for maintenance. just sayin.

  44. Megan

    Hi everyone,
    I worked in a High School as the laboratory manager, being around hazardous chemicals everyday, up until I finally got pregnant. I’m sorry to say but borax is banned in schools now due to it being too hazardous to use in schools. It’s not bad for anything else except reproductive system and harm to the unborn child. So I would advise pregnant women to not use it until they have given birth if they want to be on the safe side. I just cleaned some walls in my house with it, they look fantastic, I started getting light headed, but then I went on Chemwatch and was worried when I read that, I won’t be using it again while I’m pregnant.

    • Rex

      Actually you are is banned for propaganda purposes because it CURES 30+ major illnesses and has HALF the danger of table salt..HELLO ANY ONE HOME INSIDE THAT BRAIN OF YOURS?

      • Megan

        Did you write that to me Rex? If you did than go stick your response up your a$$! it is banned in schools and you need to get a license to have it in SA schools. Do you even have a brain, that’s what I’m wondering??????

  45. S Ellison

    Did anyone think to look up exactly how toxic Borax is (or isn’t)?

    The acute LD50 (point at which it kills half the subjects tested with one big dose) is about 2.7 g/kg for rats. Compare that with sodium hypochlorite (bleach); about 0.2g/kg (oral dose). Or alum, an old nail-chewing preventive – about 0.6g/kg. So Borax is definitely not something you want to eat – and it _is_ a ‘poison’ in the usual sense of the word. But it’ll take a relatively big dose to do serious harm and it’s less lethal – and less corrosive – than some other common household products.

    Incidentally, I’m looking it up for a school science experiment – it makes good ‘snowflakes’ because of its solubility properties, and the usual substitute is nowhere near as effective for that.

  46. Rex

    You are brainwashed ..borax is essential to ingest for human health.without it you may sicken and has HALF the LD50 of table salt.I do a teaspoon with baking soda and ascorbic acid plus mineral mix.

    • Megan

      Yeah, we’ve all heard your load of **** about table salt, why don’t you write it a couple more times. I think you should eat a big box of borax for breakfast.


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  14. […] There is Borax in my recipe but before you say NO WAY, take the time to read an awesome blog by Crunchy Betty […]

  15. […] The most affordable option (costing as low as 1-cent per load), homemade detergent requires the most work out of all options. Materials must be purchased, measured and mixed before using. Depending on which recipe you follow homemade detergent contains Borax or Fels-Naptha, both of which hold a mix of opinions on their safety. Fels Naptha contains artificial fragrances and colors (source). Some reviews see Borax as a moderate health risk, others see it as a low-risk ingredient. […]

  16. […] detergents.  Here is a great bit of info on the subject if you are of two minds about using it: If you have made the personal determination that you don’t want to use Borax in your cleaning […]

  17. […] a safe ingredient in laundry detergents. –  1  1/4 cup borax powder Note: Is borax safe or not? Click here to find out. –  Essential oils of choice Note: I like to use Thieves or Purification (by Young […]

  18. […] people ask about the function and safety of borax and this article gives a good overview of its pros and cons. In washing powder, borax is added to improve the detergent’s cleaning power. It’s an […]

  19. […] about the ingredients Borax.  I have done my research and I believe it is safe.  Please read this article for more clarification.  Fels Naptha is a readily available bar soap that I like, however I am […]

  20. […] Borax (20 Mule Team – NOT Boric Acid) 33% solution: 3 oz borax dissolved into 6 ounces of boiling distilled water. Borax is a buffer and can also be used to thicken liquid soap. Some people love it. Others aren’t comfortable using it. Great blog post on its safety here. […]

  21. […] I realize that there has been some controversy surrounding the safety of borax.  Borax is a boron mineral, not to be confused with boric acid, a by-product of certain mixtures of borax and certain acids, which actually is dangerous.  After research and consideration, we’ve decided borax use is safe for most uses in our home.  Is borax right for your family? For more information about Borax safety, visit Crunchy Betty’s well-written and thoroughly researched article, Getting to the Bottom of Borax. […]

  22. […] ingredient in many natural recipes, the debates can get pretty heated. I personally resonated with this article from Crunchy Betty (borax is not the same as boric acid)… and I still occasionally use borax […]

  23. […] made me raise my eyebrows—Borax. Like many people, I was confusing borax with boric acid. “Crunchy Betty” did a very thorough job of explaining the difference so people can make an educated decision about […]

  24. […] Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not … – Is borax safe to use in your cleaning and beauty routine or not? Months of research have led me to believe … […]

  25. […] and borax (sodium tetraborate). [If you are unsure about the safety of borax please read this article and the related links on the Crunchy Betty’s page, so you can make your own informed […]

  26. […] Borax: Not to be confused with boric acid, which is a bit more dangerous, borax is a naturally occurring mixture of boron and salt. Some green DIYers use it in shampoos and lotions, but we stick to cleaning […]

  27. […] of them tasting it. Constant supervision is required at all times.  There are various opinions for and against using Borax, but safety must always come […]

  28. […] Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not … – Is borax safe to use in your cleaning and beauty routine or not? Months of research have led me to believe … […]

  29. […] Crunchy Betty has an excellent post describing the differences between Borax and Boric Acid and can help you make up your mind as to whether or not you would prefer to include it in your own laundry detergent recipe. As for me, I’d rather just skip it for now! […]

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