A few months ago, I was having a problem with smelly towels. I washed them in hot hot water, dried them in the sun, tried vinegar, baking soda...nothing worked. Finally, after a few Google searches, I went out and bought a box of 20 Mule Team Borax.
It worked! Not only did my towels lose that funky smell, but everything came out brighter than usual. My white gym tees? Dingy grey no longer. My cloth napkins? They're glowing.
I thought about mentioning my new found love on the blog, but I was hesitant. The box says it's "natural," but is it really? Something that works this good has to be full of harsh chemicals, right?
Depends who you ask. The dangers of borax vs. borax as an environmentally friendly cleaning product. (These were just two convenient links. There are many, many more out there.)
There are no kids here, and I don't...um...er...clean the house overly much, so I'm not too worried about exposure here. For me, this stuff works.