What does Borax do to laundry?

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asked Jan 13 in laundry/Cleaning by riverdell (1,040 points)
What does Borax do to laundry?

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answered Jan 13 by Boda8oda (820 points)
When Borax is added to laundry the Borax acts as a cleaning and buffering agent.

Borax added to laundry helps to keep the water at this pH, even after detergent or other cleaners are added.

Since borax contains sodium3, it helps to soften the wash water, so your clothes come out looking great.

Borax does not stain black clothes and in fact borax can help remove stains from black clothes or any other clothes without fading.

Borax can be used on black or other colored clothes.

Just make sure to use just enough and not too much borax as too much borax could cause slight color fading of the clothes.

But when used in the correct amounts the borax is safe for colored clothes and black clothes and should not cause any fading of the colors.

Borax is toxic.

Fatal doses of borax exposure for adults are estimated at 10 to 25 grams.

 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, borax poses significant health risks.

To reduce that risk, people can replace the borax-containing products they normally use with safer alternatives.

Borax can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if you ingest it by itself, and large amounts can lead to shock and kidney failure.

Borax has been banned in U.S. food products.

Borax can also irritate your skin and eyes, and it can hurt your nose, throat, and lungs if you breathe it in.

Borax can be irritating when exposure occurs through skin or eye contact, inhalation or ingestion.

Poison reports suggest misuse of borax-based pesticides can result in acute toxicity, with symptoms including vomiting, eye irritation, nausea, skin rash, oral irritation and respiratory effects.

Borax is a powdery white substance, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. It's widely used as a household cleaner and a booster for laundry detergent.

 It's a combination of boron, sodium, and oxygen.

Boric acid is made from the same chemical compound as borax and even looks like it.

Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium borate decahydrate or sodium tetraborate decahydrate, is a hydrate salt of boric acid.

Commonly available in powder or granular form, it dissolves in water to make a basic, aqueous solution.

Borax (sodium tetraborate) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) aren't the same thing.

They're both salts, and they're both popular as “green” household cleaning agents, but borax has a pH of 9.5, compared to baking soda's pH of 8.

This makes borax considerably more alkaline than baking soda.

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