Hard Water? Use Borax!

February 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm 4 comments

Hard water makes cleaning products less effective. If you have hard water, add a bit of Borax to your laundry washes to soften it. Borax acts as a buffer and raises the pH of water to a slightly basic solution, right around a pH of 8. When using borax to help soften or condition your water, for both high efficiency and most top loading washing machines add 1/2 cup of borax per load. If you have a large capacity machine bump up the amount to 3/4 cup of borax per load. Borax is added to the actual wash cycle, not the rinse cycle when used in your washing machine.

What Is Borax?
Borax, or sodium borate, is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral first discovered over 4000 years ago. It is found in large quantities in the Western United States as well as in the Tibet area of China. Borax is commercially best known as a laundry booster; it helps soften hard water to leave your clothes cleaner and brighter. Your mother or grandmother probably kept a box of Borax in their laundry room. Well, it’s time to rediscover the many safe, non-toxic household uses of Borax. From disinfecting and deodorizing to preserving cut flowers, Borax is a product you will want to keep on hand at all times.

Where Can I Buy Borax?
Borax is usually found in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store next to the powdered laundry soaps. The most common brand is 20 Mule Team Borax. It is inexpensive and long-lasting.

How Safe is Borax
Borax has no toxic fumes and is safe for the environment. Borax can irritate skin and should not be ingested.

What Does Borax Do?

  • cleans
  • deodorizes
  • disinfects
  • deodorizes
  • repels cockroaches and other bugs

Borax is a great side-kick for the SmartKlean Laundry Ball, specially for those with very hard water conditions!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elizabeth Edwards  |  March 22, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I’ve read that washing soda is more effective than borax.

  • 2. Cristina Aquino  |  November 28, 2012 at 6:06 am

    First comment might be a troll debunking non toxic cleaners and disinfectants. I trust products like baking soda and borax and rubbing alcohol and vinegar. Funny how someone goes off about natural products but does not name a solution. Feel free to ask around Question everything you hear

  • 3. Billie Haffey  |  March 1, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Borax is a wonderful product but it is NOT a disinfectant. There is a lot of false information floating around the internet about a few common products making disinfecting claims such as borax, vinegar, baking soda, etc. All good products for cleaning but NOT disinfectants. A disinfectant must be proven to kill bacteria and viruses and be registered with the US EPA and have the EPA registration number on the product label. People may try to use a product like borax and believe they are disinfecting when they are not which could lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses and illness. That would be sad. Read the labels. Use cleaning products to clean and use disinfectants to kill bacteria and viruses. Please.

  • 4. Brittney Minor  |  February 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    This is great to know!!!!


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