A couple weeks ago I got asked if Borax was really safe. I thought it was. From what I had read about it, it was a naturally occurring mineral. And it is. But it’s also a chemical.
This is a quote from Borax’s MSDS sheet:
CHRONIC HEALTH EFFECTS: No chronic health effects are expected from the intended use of these products or from foreseeable handling of them in the workplace. Nonetheless, the following effects have been reported for a component, sodium borate, and boric acid. Sodium borate upon entry into the body becomes boric acid.
Sodium Borate: Sodium borate and boric acid interfere with sperm production, damage the testes and interfere with male fertility when given to animals by mouth at high doses. Boric acid produces developmental effects, including reduced body weight, malformations and death, in the offspring of pregnant animals given boric acid by mouth.
The above mentioned animal studies were conducted under exposure conditions leading to doses many times in excess of those that could occur through product use or inhalation of dust in occupational settings. Moreover, a human study of occupational exposure to sodium borate and boric acid dusts showed no adverse effect on fertility.
Government agencies also classify Borax as a toxin and recommend using gloves when handling.
With this information coming to light I have deleted my “recipe” for dishwasher detergent as it contained Borax and I myself will be going back to store bought until I can find a better option.
And Lindsey’s post may be of interest to you as well since she just came across this same info.
There’s always something isn’t there? And it got me thinking, can one ever be completely natural and non toxic in the home? And while this information makes me certain that I will not be using it anywhere near the kitchen as a cleaner or dishwasher detergent, I’m still left wondering if it has a place in my house.
I mean, is it not better than most conventional items? Is it safe for my laundry since we don’t ingest our clothes? Is it okay to use for cleaning really tough stains and cleaning projects? These questions I still haven’t answered. I don’t know if I can ever fully answer those.
And it also leads me to the point that everyone needs to do their own research. There are always 2 sides to every story and to know which side you stand on, you need to find out what you believe is truth. Research both opinions and prayerfully make a decision.