Honestly, I haven't opened the box that I was sent yet, because I had a box of my own sitting around not being used. I had bought it a while back because I saw it listed as an ingredient in some homemade laundry detergent that I planned on (and still do!) getting around to making one of these days.
Aside from that, I didn't really know what to do with it.
Well, aside from playing...
roughly 1 cup warm water
1 8oz bottle of glue
2 tsp borax (more or less until right consistency)
Mix in a bowl and stir well.
My girls had absolutely sooo much fun playing with this stuff, and it keeps in a bag for a LONG time (well until it gets left open and shoved in some crevice to be found months later...., so I'm not exactly sure how long.)
When I got my got my box with my Borax, I read over the information they sent along with it with interest. It suggested adding 1/2 a cup to each load of laundry, to boost your current detergent's cleaning power.
It is an all natural mineral (sodium tetraborate--because I'm a chemistry nerd like that) that is produced from the recurring evaporation of seasonal lakes. They remove it from the ground, clean it, box it, and sell it. No other chemicals needed.
They claim that it will naturally soften hard water, improving your detergent's cleaning power (because most of your detergent simply binds to the calcium and magnesium ions in your hard water and sink to the bottom of your washer, never coming into contact with your clothes!), and helping stains from being re-deposited back onto clothing.
I was intrigued by this, so I began adding the suggested half a cup to each load of laundry. I can't say for certain that it is making a huge difference on my laundry in general, but I haven't noticed many new set in stains lately, and having a 3 yo, there are usually a few!
I did note one stain in particular. I had gotten a new dish towel. A bright white dish towel. My husband used it, as dish towels were meant to be used...to clean up a nasty kitchen mess. I thought my new towel was done for, but after washing with the Borax added, I can barely see the faintest trace of where the stain was.
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