The Trouble With Borax

Why I don’t make my own laundry detergent.

It’s no secret that I LOVE making my own cleaning products, but most DIY Laundry Detergent recipes include Borax, AKA Sodium Borate.

why I don't use Borax, sodium borate in laundry detergent


Most people assume sodium borate is “safe” because it’s natural.  It is a naturally occurring mineral, but there’s clear evidence of endocrine disruption, and is suspected of damaging fertility and fetuses. SODIUM BORATE GRADE F, why I don't make my laundry detergent, Sisel Vibrant laundry detergent
Boric acid is the main reason that Seventh Generation’s concentrated laundry detergent got a miserable score of D on the Environmental Working Group’s Cleaning Product Guide!
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As a breast cancer survivor, I will not use any products or ingredients that are known or suspected endocrine disruptors.  Endocrine disruptors are linked to breast and other hormone related cancers, decreased sperm counts, and early puberty.   For this reason, I’ve chosen not to make laundry detergent, but to buy one I know is safe.

For the one we use, (that’s even great for cloth diapers) click HERE


  1. Amanda says

    Use Country Save detergent on all of our laundry including cloth diapers! It is great and works wonderfully in our hardwater . I also used Molly’s suds on my cloth diapers.

    • Rebecca says

      Thank you Amanda! I can never remember the name “Country Save” so I’m really happy you posted this here!! =D
      ~ Rebecca

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