Disclaimer: Borax provided a free sample of their product so I could review them. My participation is voluntary and my opinions are 100% MINE, and only MINE! And that’s how I roll.
I’ve been making my own cleaners for a long time now. I switched over from chemical cleaning products for my kitchen, bathroom, and windows. Borax is used for a lot of my cleaners, just not my window cleaner. On my windows we just use club soda, and some paper towels. However, for the bathroom, kitchen and the all-purpose cleaners – the first ingredient is usually a little Borax. However, I’ve never thought to use it in my laundry…….until now.
First, I bet you’d all like to know what the heck Borax is. It’s a 100% natural mineral, and it’s real “science name” is Sodium Tetraborate. Since it’s totally natural, there’s no phosphates, chlorine, or other chemicals in it. It’s why I make all our safe cleaners with it. However, for the laundry, I had no idea it would help improve the way my homemade “detergent” would work. If you use a store bought detergent, it helps that as well. It’s got nothing to do with the detergent itself, but rather the hard water that is used when laundering your clothes!
Second, I bet you’re thinking to yourself “what’s the what” with the hard water? Basically, hard water has calcium and magnesium in it. If you use detergent, as you put the detergent into the machine, some of the compounds attach to the calcium and magnesium granules which settle on the bottom of the washing machine. They go down the drain, and never actually clean your clothes. Basically, MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN in a more literal term!
I never use bleach in my house, and my daughter has a WHITE Gi for her Jiu Jitsu classes. Uuummm, yeah. I know, you’re probably like “poor Little Miss, she must look like a dingy mess without bleaching the Gi.” Honestly, it was a hot mess for a long time. Now that I’ve got my laundry booster, Borax, it’s looking much brighter, and whiter than it did before!
Plus, a little added bonus of having Borax in the house……put about a half a cup in the bottom of your washing machine……dishes come out much cleaner, with a lot less spots from HARD WATER!!!!