Laundry Soap & Household Recipes

by Christine
(UK)

I Would love to try out the laundry soap & other household cleaning recipes. However, one of the ingredients, namely 'BORAX' Is banned for use in the UK. What can I use as a substitute in all your cleansing recipes? Can I use the sub in any recipe calling for the use of borax? HELP!!!


Answer:

There isn't really a substitute for Borax but you could always up the baking soda amount (or use instead depending on the recipe). It will probably work just fine.

Cathy

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Borax
by: Christine (UK)

So if baking soda was 30g and borax was 50g, would I just use 80g baking soda? What is the difference between the two?

Answer:

I really just added the cleaning recipes as a fun aside to my site and I don't have a chemistry degree or anything so I can't really tell you the chemical differences between the two ingredients.

What I do know is that they are both used to clean and they can both be used safely together. In the past, if I was out of one, I would use the other instead (same for washing soda) and the final cleaning products do not seem too different.

Borax = sodium borate
Baking Soda = sodium bicarbonate

Cathy

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Laundry Soap
by: Asha

Hi Christine,

I'm in the UK, you can get a Borax substitute through Amazon from UK suppliers. As far as I've been able to find out it works the same as Borax without the possible 'dangers' associated with real Borax.

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