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Is it safe to mix borax with peroxide bleach?

Asked by ccrow (8047 points ) January 8th, 2013

I have some towels that got left in the washer overnight; two wash cycles later they still smell nasty. (I don’t want to use chlorine bleach as they are dark green.) I’ve been trying to find out online, but all I seem to find are websites about using various things as household cleaners, with no info about mixing these two particular things. Right now the towels are soaking in hot water with detergent, water softener, and borax… I don’t know if it’s ok to put the peroxide bleach in there as well.

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Seek's avatar

Don’t do it. The borax should be enough, and if you add a cup or two of white vinegar to the rinse cycle, that should take out any residues left over.

I used to wash cloth diapers in borax and baking soda, so I can vouch for its power.

tedd's avatar

I did a cursory look around on the internet. Both chemicals appear to be oxidizers, and mixing them shouldn’t have any negative effects. In fact one of the supposed products made when mixing water with borax is H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide).

That said, most cleaning chemicals actually reduce one another’s power when used in tandem. And one strong oxidizer is rough enough on a person, let alone two.

gailcalled's avatar

Try washing them again with hot water and a mild liquid soap and then leaving them outside in the sun for a day or so.

Yuriy's avatar

Do not do that. ))

Lightlyseared's avatar

If you mix sodium borate (borax) with hydrogen peroxide you get sodium perborate which, according to Wikipedia, is one of the active ingredients in most laundry detergents (its also used for bleaching root canal treated teeth from the inside by inserting the stuff into the tooth and leaving for an extended period of time). If you have washed the items with laundry detergent then you have probably already washed them in the product of mixing the two together anyway (not entirely sure that sentence works).

zensky's avatar

Time for a new set of towels.

Seek's avatar

Nah. It’s just a little mildew. Honestly, the vinegar alone should have fixed it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Hang in the sunshine after a white vinegar rinse.

RocketGuy's avatar

I regularly use vinegar and detergent for my towels – @Seek_Kolinahr and @Tropical_Willie are correct.

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