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  1. Nontoxic Nickie says:

    Irina, this was an absolutely outstanding article. Thank you so much for the time you took to research this. You are just a treasure!! I love everything about your blog and what you stand for. Thank you for all you do and for who you are.

    1. Thank you, Nickie! I appreciate your support. It’s so great to have you in the Savvy Consumer Circle. ~Irina

  2. Well this post is timely. I just used Borax to “strip” my laundry. We have hard water and the detergents I use are on but there seems to be a lot of build up. The borax, washing soda, baking soda mix worked great. The towels and sheets are so much cleaner, BUT I’m trying to get pregnant and regularly avoid anything that disrupts the endocrine and reproductive systems. I was confused by all the information on it and thought that it was fairly “safe”. I guess I’m on the hunt to try a detergent that works well with our hard water (I’ve used brand basics and Mama Suds. I’ll try humble suds next). Thanks for your research!

    1. Let us know how you like Humble Suds, Debbie. How hard is your water? Have you considered a water softener? ~Irina

  3. Hello, Irina:

    Happy New Year and God bless you
    for all the work you do! 😀

    I am considering trying hair color RINSE,
    also known as gloss or glaze.

    Your opinion, please. Thanks much!

      1. I’d like to, Irina, but I cannot at this time.

        I thought maybe you could do an article
        on hair rinses, like you did with henna.

  4. Thank you for this! Borax was recommended as a laundry additive for cloth diapers when you have hard water. We have hard water, and I am having a terrible time with ammonia buildup in the cloth diapers. Is there a safer alternative to borax as a water softener laundry additive? We have considered installing a whole house water softener, but the options are overwhelming. Is there a “best” option when it comes to whole house water softeners?

    1. Hi, Erin: I think the best thing is to get a water softener. ~Irina

      1. Is there one you recommend?