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Homemade Laundry Detergent | Powder Detergent Recipe
The safety of using Borax as an ingredient in cleaning materials has been a hot topic for quite a while now. Some say Borax is quite harsh while others claim it’s fairly safe to use.
I’ll put my two-cents in regarding this matter: Borax is safe for most uses. Unless you eat it, Borax is not absorbed by the body through the skin. It has also been classified as non-carcinogenic and is not considered to be bio-accumulative (meaning, it does not build up in your system over time due to repetitive use). I think that the only negative aspect of using Borax is that it has been classified as mildly irritating to the skin due to its high alkalinity.
I would say that Borax is safe for ‘most’ uses. Clearly, this means that there is still some percentage where it may not be wise to use Borax as an ingredient in cleaning materials such as laundry detergent. For example, it may not be wise to use it to wash cloth diapers (where there is a risk of irritating baby’s sensitive skin) or wash table napkins (where there is a risk or ingesting residue).
The bottom line is you can use Borax, just not on everything. But for the sake of those who prefer not risk of using Borax any longer on their homemade laundry detergent, here is a simple Borax-free laundry soap recipe which works as well as the homemade laundry detergent with Borax.
- 1 5oz. bar castile soap
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
Step 1. Grate the soap
Step 2. Combine all ingredients
The best way to combine all the ingredients well is by using a food processor. Store in an airtight container after.
Step 3. Use it
Add 1-2 Tbs. of this amazing detergent for each load of laundry.
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