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Are DIY laundry detergent recipes containing borax truly a safer alternative as 'they' say? I would like to try it for my child's sensitive skin.
It depends.: The basic ingredients of laundry detergent are washing soda, Borax and soap. Most studies show borax is safe for mammals including people, even tho it's deadly to many insects. Like any household cleaner, homemade detergent and its ingredients MUST BE KEPT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. My recommendation is to purchase detergents that have only these ingredients and spend the time you save with family. ...Read more
Almost certainly but: As is often the case with natural remedies, no formal research has been done on the safety of bathing with borax but as best as i can tell it appears to be quite safe when use this way. See http://www.Crunchybetty.Com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not for many detailed discussions by those who have tried borax baths see http://www.Earthclinic.Com/remedies/borax_questions.Html. ...Read more
I sprayed bug spray in room (it is has pyrethrins) and then because odor would not go added two different odor eliminators and borax, safe or poison?
Bug sprays etc: hello ~ wouldn't it easier and less toxic just to open the window and ventilate the room? thanks ...Read more
Not familiar with: Use of borax as a tx. If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. ...Read more
I am using an emollient cream with borax for my 4yrs old son with mild infantile eczema.Is it harmful if used regularly?
Suggestions: For the management of his eczema, identifying triggers which cause flare ups is important. Avoiding the triggers will help to manage his eczema. Using white dove soap, clear detergent, and moisturizers are important as well. In addition, his management may include topical hydrocortisone 1% lotion for flare ups. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Lava soap has abrasive inclusions which can help remove deeply seated deposits on the skin. The face is a little delicate and may respond with reddening and tingling. Lava soap was designed mostly for use on the hands. But an occasional scrub with lava soap on the face should do not harm. ...Read more
Yes: Skin cleansers with pH 6-7 are best. Ivory is 10. That is very caustic.You will like it if you have tough, greasy skin. Some "anti-bacterial" soaps are high ph. Soaps for dry or sensitive or elderly skin are made by dove, olay, eucerin, cereve, neutragena, and several others. "antibacterial" soaps are no better than others at reducing germs on skin. ...Read more