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Borax Vs. Washing Soda

Many recognize borax and washing soda as general household cleaning products, especially for laundering clothes. They complement each other when used together to remove stains. Borax, however, has many more applications beyond housekeeping, whereas washing soda is specifically designed to soften har...
Kim R
Kim R • 2 years ago

BORAX VS. WASHING SODA Washing soda more of a laundry booster (water softener); Borax more of a general cleaner as well as laundry booster. When you use borax in the washing machine, do not add bleach because of the danger of toxic fumes. Both are safe for septic, plumbing and machines.

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1 cup Borax 1 cup washing soda (this is different from baking soda) 1 bar of soap. (most laundry-soap-maker connoisseurs recommend Fels-Naptha or Zote, dove, or ivory) You need to grate your bar of soap. You might need to run the soap in the food processor until it was really fine, if you wash in cold. Then you mix 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda with the grated bar of soap and put it in a container. Mix it all up. Voila! The best part is you only use 1 Tbsp per load.

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  • Connie Brunette

    Grate your bar of soap into your pot. Fill one gallon jug and pour water into pot with grated soap. Cook until the grated soap dissolves. Add the Borax and washing soda. Bring to a boil. It will coagulate. Turn off the heat. Add 1 gallon of cold water. Stir well. Pour 1 gallon of your detergent into each container. A funnel helps tremendously. Use 1/2 cup per load. This will not make suds, suds don't equal clean.

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Be Cool Wash clothes in cold water. You may already know that this saves energy, but do you know how much? “Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water, so use hot water only for very dirty clothes,” says Adam Gottlieb of the California Energy Commission. Another tip: “Match the water level to the amount of clothes, or wait to wash full loads,” suggests Clement. “The water savings can be enormous.”

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