UPDATE - Winners are Shanna, jjak2003@, and cc_girly@! Send me your address at email@example.com to claim your prize!
What is Borax? 20 Mule Team Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers. Borax is a common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, chlorine, or other additive chemicals.
Ok - enough of the chemistry lesson (unless you enjoyed it if you are a Chemist or Chemical Engineer like me)!
Over 85% of homes have "hard water". Hard water is defined as water that contains calcium and magnesium. When you add detergent to hard water, some of the compounds attach to the calcium and magnesium and settle to the bottom of your washing machine, eventually going down the drain without actually cleaning your clothes! You are essentially wasting detergent.
20 Mule Team Borax naturally softens hard water, which protects your detergent and maximize cleaning power (and your money spent on detergent)! To boost your detergent, simply add 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to every load along with your regular (Purex) detergent! You will actually be improving the cleaning power of your detergent. It also helps keep stains from being re-deposited back on clothes.
I tried it on several loads with Purex Free & Clear and Purex Baby detergent, and I definitely think my clothes came out cleaner than before! I will continue to use the 20 Mule Team Borax to see if I see a difference. The best part is, that it is safe in HE washing machines. I just got a new HE machine and I want to make sure it lasts!
Now, the secret about Borax is that this is one of the ingredients used to make homemade laundry detergent! I have posted a link here on how to make it. So you could actually use 20 Mule Team Borax to make your own detergent and save even more money!
Even better, Borax is having a Fresh Year, Fresher Laundry Giveaway where the grand prize is $1500! Go here to enter now!
Contest open to US residents, 18 and over. Contest will end at midnight on 1/31/13. Winner will be posted on this post and will have 24 hours to claim their prize by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their mailing address.
Borax provided a free sample of their product so I could review them. However, as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own!