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Old 07-09-2011, 03:02 PM   #1
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Borax

I've been on a hunt for Borax so I can start making my own laundry soap, and dishwasher detergent. However, just read somewhere that it could be toxic to cats. Is there anyone that can enlighten me on this topic? If I'm using it on clothes and dishes would it be harmful to us or the cats? Would it be diluted enough?

Also if I do decide to do the Borax after learning about it.. does anyone have a favorite recipe for laundry soap or detergent? And other uses that would be safe around pets?

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Old 07-09-2011, 03:06 PM   #2
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No, it is not harmful to cats, it is harmful to fleas. We at Cat's Cradle Rescue use it all the time to rid our homes of fleas by sprinkling it on the carpets, letting it do it's job, then vacuuming it up.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:24 PM   #3
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Have you tried 20muleteamlaundry.com?
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #4
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BTW, both Target and Wally World carry 20 Mule Team Borax. I don't think the price difference would be enough to go out of your way, so buy your borax at whichever's closer.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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Neither of them carry it here in Kingston Ontario (Targets not even here yet lol).. I've checked.. but heard I can get it at a grocery store. I just want to ensure it won't be toxic (100% sure) in the manner I'll be handling it before I purchase it. Some places say it's toxic but others say it's OK depending on how you use it.

Great site.. checking now! Thank you.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:42 PM   #6
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Neither of them carry it here in Kingston Ontario (Targets not even here yet lol).. I've checked.. but heard I can get it at a grocery store. I just want to ensure it won't be toxic (100% sure) in the manner I'll be handling it before I purchase it. Some places say it's toxic but others say it's OK depending on how you use it.

Great site.. checking now! Thank you.
I belong to a cat rescue group. I have five cats livinig in my house and only two belong to me. One belongs to Cat's Cradle but seems to be unadoptable because he doesn't want to be a lap kitty and doesn't want to cuddle, one is totally feral and lives inside my couch, and one belongs to my son who originally adopted him from Cat's Cradle but he decided to be an outdoor cat in a very rural area, so now he lives with me again. Do you think I would let you do anything that would harm your kitty?
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:54 PM   #7
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Not saying you would Sir - I am just being overly cautious I guess. I have a cat that likes insulation so I want to be extra sure lol.

Heading out now for groceries and hopefully to find some of the stuff. I won't be using it on carpet just cleaning products so we should be just fine! I appreciate the info.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:35 PM   #8
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Back.. found 20 mule! Now to find a good recipe for laundry soap. I have Linda's laundry soap, 3 bars already.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #9
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Here's a web site that has a bunch of recipes:

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes : TipNut.com

I am allergic to detergents (not all of them, but many). So when the brand I wasn't allergic to switched its formula (and I broke out in hives), I decided to make my own (also, money was tight, so it was a cost-saving measure). I make a variation of #4--I didn't have any containers to store liquid--I do now, but I like the powder one--I use Kirk's (I don't know if that is available in Canada--I buy it when I go to NY. I've been meaning to buy Fels, but keep forgetting when I'm in NY). I've used Ivory when I didn't have any Kirk's. I run the soap bar through the grater of my food processor, then I switch blades and use the chopping blade. At first, I would end up with clumps of soap on my clothes--making the bar soap finer solved that problem. I also add 1/2 c of baking soda to the mix (which is probably overkill since the washing soda is probably enough) and when I do the laundry, I will sometimes add tea tree oil to the water. I haven't bought laundry detergent for 6 months. I have always dumped about 1 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle--but that was to get all the detergent residue out of the clothes AND to get the DROOL off my clothes.

I've been very happy with how well the homemade soap cleans. I am on my second box of borax and A&H washing soda.

I keep forgetting to buy liquid Castille soap when I'm in NY--have to go down again Monday. I have it on my list. I go through a lot of dish washing soap so wanted to try "homemade".
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:17 PM   #10
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Try this one. Homemade Laundry Soap
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