I have heard the name Borax over the years and knew that it was some sort of household cleaning type product, but to be totally honest I have never used it nor known precisely how it was supposed to be used. So I was pretty excited to be chosen as part of the Purex insiders team to try this product out, I always look forward to learning something new.
So what exactly is 20 Mule Team Borax? Turns out that it is a 100% natural mineral from the earth. Borax is actually the common name for sodium tetraborate: which is a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. Once it has been removed from the ground it is washed, dried and boxed for consumers. Absolutely nothing is added to 20 Mule Team Borax. No phosphates, chlorine or any other additive chemical.
What is the purpose of Borax and how does it help my laundry? 20 Mule Team Borax naturally softens hard water, protecting your detergent and maximizing its' cleaning power. Since over 85% of homes have hard water (water that contains calcium and magnesium) this is huge. When you add your detergent to hard water some of the detergent attaches to the calcium and magnesium, which in turn settles to the bottom of the drum and ends up getting rinsed down the drain instead of cleaning your clothing. When you add Borax it "softens" the water and allows your detergent to do its job.
To use, simply add 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax laundry booster to every load along with your regular detergent.
In order to give 20 Mule Team Borax the ultimate test I decided to give it to my parents. The have well water that is awful. Nothing ever comes out looking 100% and light clothing or towels frequently end up with a slight orange tint after several washes. Mom was skeptical but agreed to give it a shot. The first thing she tried on was a load of towels and wash clothes. Amazingly they came out much better than normal, softer, brighter and without the hard mineral scent that they normally have. She was sold and has been using it on every load of laundry since and tells me that her clothing even feels better and doesn't irritate her skin as much.
Turns out there are tons of other uses for Borax too. From cleaning to pets to crafts the list is just about endless. After seeing how well it worked on Moms' laundry, I'm eager to try using this in some different ways.
Want to try it for yourself? 3 of my readers will each receive a coupon for a free box of 20 Mule Team Borax. Please use the giveaway form to enter. Must be 18+ and have a US mailing address.