The Six Benefits of Adding Borax to Natural Laundry Soap

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The Goat Milk Stuff natural laundry soap includes very simple ingredients - goat milk laundry soap, borax, baking soda, and washing soda.

Hewitt doing laundry with Standard size Laundry Goat Milk Soap
"Goat Milk Stuff Laundry Soap is wonderful! I suffer from skin allergies and eczema, so I was searching for a replacement laundry soap (the store bought stuff just made my skin problems worse). GMS Laundry Soap is just what I was looking for!! My skin is healing and I love the way it makes my laundry smell! So clean and fresh!! Thanks GMS!" - Leann H.

We often are questioned as to why we include borax in the laundry soap. We've already written about the safety of borax and whether or not it is a natural ingredient. We include the borax because there are several benefits that it adds.

Benefits of Borax in Laundry Soap

1. Borax will make sure your whites stay white.

Borax whitens your clothes without using chemicals or optical brighteners, which are chemicals designed to make your clothes look brighter than they actually are. When mixed with water, borax converts water molecules into hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural whitening agent. When using borax, there is no need for unnatural optical brighteners or even bleach in many cases. And borax isn’t only for white clothes, it will naturally brighten all your laundry, including colors and dark clothes.

2. Borax will get your clothes cleaner.

Hard water is often responsible for causing your clothes to come out of the wash not looking as clean and bright as possible. Since borax is part sodium and sodium naturally softens water, adding borax to laundry soap will help soften the water so your clothes are ultimately cleaner.

Scooping Goat Milk Laundry Soap
"I love this laundry soap! I garden and work with animals. Even when my clothes show I've worked hard at the end of the day, this laundry soap does a wonderful job getting my clothes both clean and fresh! Thank you for such a wonderful product!" - Dale Ann W.

3. Borax keeps the soap from lingering in your clothes.

All soap, even natural soaps, can leave a residue on your laundry after you wash and rinse it. Try soaking a newly washed towel in water, and watch the residue from your average soap come out in the water. Borax, however, will help to keep the soap part of the laundry soap from sticking around in your clothes. Borax contains borates, which are minerals that will help keep the soap from sticking to your laundry.

4. Borax neutralizes odor.

Sometimes washing machines can leave your clothes smelling musty, especially if you are washing things that are particularly strong-smelling, such as animal bedding, diapers, or soiled bedding. Borax contains enzymes that will reduce odors, leaving your clothes smelling fresh.

Laundry Goat Milk Soap Bar
"I love using GMS products. Recently I ordered the Laundry Bar along with my usual items. I made a batch of laundry soap powder using the directions suggested. I was surprised and very happy with the results. My clothes smell fresh and clean using this powder. I feel better knowing that I’m using healthier cleaning ingredients for my skin and for the environment." - Carol S.

5. Borax is a natural disinfectant.

It keeps many undesirable organisms, mold, bacteria, fungi, and more from growing.

6. Borax removes stains.

Due to its alkaline pH, borax is particularly good at removing acidic stains such as spaghetti sauce. This makes it a wonderful addition to your laundry soap, where it can help fight stains you didn't even know existed on your clothes.

Cleaning With Borax

With all of these benefits, borax is good for more than just laundry. Borax is commonly used as a cleaner in the kitchen, where you can use it to wipe down counters and sinks. You can even use it as a natural pest control while knowing it is a natural product that is safe since it is about as dangerous as baking soda.

Goat Milk Laundry Soap Refill
"Works just as well as commercial detergent but without gross fragrance or chemicals left on my clothes. I love that I can support a small business and reduce my use of plastic further this way. Will be getting the large Refill size next!" - Laura

As with all cleaning agents, there is a slight risk. Do not ingest borax, get it in your eyes, or use it undiluted.

2 Responses


I’ve used borax in my laundry for years. I also add just a little to my bath to soften the water and I’ve even used it straight out of the box with soap and water to scrub grease and grime and paint and such from my hands. I’ve never had any adverse reactions to it. Although, that’s not saying that everyone should scrub their hands with it. Most hands are probably a bit more sensitive than mine.


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