Since something similar to the comments below seem to keep cropping up each time I post a recipe with any amount of Borax in it…I think it’s time to post my opinion about this on its’ own page. Now when it comes up again…which I’m sure it will…I can just direct those “comments” here.
On April 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm Kellie wrote:
Please educate yourselves about these chemicals! Click the link above or simply google “borax dangers” and see what you get. Several bloggers have made these recipes and omitted the borax. They say the results are just as good. Borax is especially dangerous for pregnant women.
On April 15, 2012 at 8:59 am JJ wrote:
Finally someone is talking some sense. I was excited to find a DIY detergent and was SHOCKED to see that it included Borax. Borax is considered a toxic substance and was added to the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list on 16 December 2010 (wikipedia).
Then instructions above have you adding boiling water to an already dangerous chemical + soap, of which I’m sure the writer of this blog does not fully understand the consequences of the resulting mixture, and by swirling it around you breathe in the result of the chemical reaction! Please take 5 minutes and educate yourself about mixing your own solutions at home.
Jillee April 15, 2012 at 11:20 am
As you can imagine, I get a lot of “interesting” comments on this blog….most of which I will let slide because frankly it’s just not worth my time. But if there is one thing that “gets me going”, it’s when people make inflammatory statements and post misleading information about something I have included in a post. You can question my intelligence all you want….but suggesting that I don’t fully understand the consequences of something I am writing about or am doing in my own home is something I won’t ignore.
Kellie and JJ: Please take 5 minutes (or as long as you need!) and educate yourselves. I would not be posting articles, recipes, ideas and methods that include Borax if I thought for one minute that it was harmful to me, my family or any of the readers of this blog. As for it being “especially dangerous for pregnant women”…pregnant women need to be careful of countless things (natural and synthetic) before, during and after creating a new life.
I was just getting ready to write an article about this very subject when I came across this article on the Crunchy Betty website: Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not?
After I read this I decided researching and writing my own article on the subject would be a waste of my time because SHE NAILS IT. Please….if you have any concerns about the safety of using Borax in any of the ideas I post on this website….take 5 minutes and read this.
Here is just a very short excerpt from it:
Borax is wholly natural. It doesn’t cause cancer, accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment. In fact, the largest borax (borate) mine in the world – found in Boron, California – is considered by many to be the most ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable mine in the United States. This is also the mine where 20 Mule Team comes from.
Thank you Crunchy Betty for shedding an INFORMED light on this subject.
In response to the often quoted “Wikipedia” article about the EUROPEAN Chemicals Agency putting Borax on their “list of substances of very high concern” a few years ago, if you “educated yourself” you would find that had to do with EXCESS boron in the soil harming crops. And I’m pretty sure I have never suggested putting Borax in your FOOD.
The writer of this blog DOES fully understand the consequences of making her own laundry soap, or the writer of this blog would not have posted about it on this blog.