Borax for pres?

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  1. May 20, 2009 #1

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    I read somewhere of people adding borax to their soaps for preservation. Does this really work? and how much would you add?
     
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    LOL! Sorry, I don't know the answer but I had to laugh because I thought, based on the subject line, that this was going to be a campaign ad. :oops:
     
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    LOL! me too-borax obama!

    borax is a laundry detergent booster-i doesn't clean your clothes, but helps the detergents clean more effectively.

    i've never heard of it in natural soaps before.
     
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    You piqued my curiosity - I'm not sure about the preservation, I would be interested to know myself if it acts as a preservative - I have loads of the stuff!

    Here is some interesting info I found on it though.

    http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/drcl...ounces. It may need to harden for a week.
     
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    Really not trying to spam but here is some more stuff from Mountainrose herbs on Borax and they say that it is a preservative -

    http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/le...dding it to my Milk and Rooibos Bath tonight!
     
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    I have read that people use borax to promote lather, never tried it though as I formulate my recipes to have lots of lather.
     
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    I think borax will neutralize some of the lye. It is used in liquid soaps for this purpose.
     
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    Borax Obama.

    Hee!
     
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    Thanks for the links tincanac
    That last one says may cause irritation if exposed to the skin...hmm, I'm not sure what to think about it.
     
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    I know you can make rubber using Borax, glue and a bit of water... but I didn't know about using it as a preservative 8)
     
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    I'm voting republican.......go borax.
     
  12. May 21, 2009 #12

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    I first thought it was Borax for president, too :eek:

    I'm a newbie so my intention is NOT to spread mis-information, but today was the first day after a 30 day cure that I was able to use a cp batch that had very few hard oils and had a generous portion of canola oil and shea.

    My hp batch from the same recipe was a waxy squishy mess, I rebatched it, but I added sodium lauryl sulfate to the cp batch (sls is a surfacant and a detergent, I thought I needed for soap to bubble but I know better now)

    well anyway the cp sls batch of previously squishy soap, was like cream cheese with power in it when I cut it 24 hours after pour (I added less than 1% sls) it sweated for about 2 weeks looking powdery, not like lye ash but cream cheese with powder.

    I washed with it today, it is rock hard, creamy seems a good bar and just a teeny tineey more drying than my best recipe.

    not to advocate sls at all, it is not needed in soap, just reporting what this additive did to my recipe.
     
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    what the heck... ya'll are crazy :shock:
     
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    You would have to be careful addingg it to bar soap because it will neutralize the lye. Some of the liquid soaps I make I add 2% more lye than needed and a 1/4 cup of borax per gallon of soap to neutralize and preserve.

    Bruce
     
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    <== Also read "Borax for president"

    :lol:
     
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    I emailed and asked a company that sells soap making supplies and they told me that Borax alone is fine for using as a preservative in LOTIONS.
     
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    I've actually thought of putting in Borax for a shampoo bar. It's fine on your skin, it's actually really good by itself for cleaning your hair. I dissolve some in water and pour it on my hair, it cleans without stripping. Use a citric acid rinse afterwards and it's party time! I alternate using borax, my soap and regular shampoo (I'm trying not to use all the chemicals, but I find using it once in a while my hair feels really good).
    It's really good for people with rosacea too.

    It's not a chemical, it's natural.... check out www.earthclinic.com for all sorts of ideas for using it.

    (Geez, you'd think I worked for some sort of "borax company" or something!)
     

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