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20 Mule Team Borax - Laundry Product Review

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20 Mule Team Borax - Laundry Product Review

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The Bottom Line

20 Mule Team Borax is an effective, natural laundry additive that removes stains, freshens laundry and helps detergent and bleach work more effectively.
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  • Natural product
  • Boosts laundry detergent and bleach performance
  • Removes stains and odors


  • Eye irritant and can not be ingested


  • Naturally occurring mineral that works as a laundry additive.
  • Boosts performance of laundry detergent and bleaches.
  • Serves as stain remover and laundry freshener.

Guide Review - 20 Mule Team Borax - Laundry Product Review

20 Mule Team Borax has been found on store shelves for more than 115 years. Although once offered as a way to prevent milk from becoming sour and an aid to digestion, (we found better ways) it is still one of nature's best laundry boosters. Borax removes stains by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The pH of borax is about 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners in hard water.

More than 85 percent of homes have water than contains calcium and magnesium ions and is rated as hard water. When detergent is added to hard water, some of the detergent compounds attach to the calcium and magnesium granules, settle to the bottom of the washer without cleaning your clothes and are flushed away in the rinse. By adding borax, the water is ions are neutralized and detergent has more cleaning power.

20 Mule Team Borax is manufactured by Henkel, Inc. The only ingredient is Sodium Tetraborate, a naturally occurring mineral. It should not be taken internally and avoid splashing into eyes. Borax is safe for septic tanks and all washers including he (high-efficiency) machines.

Among the many uses are:

  • Detergent Booster - add one-half cup per wash load
  • Laundry Deodorizer - add one-half cup per wash load
  • Condition Hard Water - add one-half cup per wash load
  • Presoak for stains - add 1 tablespoon per gallon of water - soak 30 minutes

    Since 20 Mule Team has been around longer than I have, I've used it for many years. What many think of as old-fashioned is actually a natural, green laundry booster. I use it to freshen sweaty clothes and tackle stains. When my sons were small, it was quite effective in removing baby formula and food stains safely with no irritation to their skin.

    You can find more uses for 20 Mule Team Borax in the kitchen and bathroom on their site.

    Specific questions? Just ask here.

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