Natural cleaners do not always mean that they are green cleaners. For example, many sites tell that borax is a green cleaner, but it’s not. We can’t dispute on the fact that it’s natural, but for surely it’s not green.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, known as sodium borate, sodium tetra borate, or disodium tetra borate
Go searching for green cleaning ideas and some websites will tell you that borax is a “green” cleaner. Borax is a natural cleaning ingredient, but it isn’t a safe alternative to non-green cleaners. It is a salt of boric acid and it is considered to be hazardous and actually poisonous. It is also considered to be a pesticide and a fungicide.
Scientists say that if it is swallowed it can cause death. A swallowed teaspoon of borax by kids or pets can cause death.
Researches also say that borax causes problems with liver and kidneys, reproductive problems, nervous system diseases. Borax can also cause skin and lung irritation.
But it is safe to use it as a laundry detergent booster; it whitens the clothes without chlorine. It doesn’t cause harm to pipes, washing machines or septic tanks.
You may use borax a deodorizer for pets’ urine smell or other smells that are difficult to get rid of.
So, we cannot say that it is safer; it’s just less hazardous than other chemical methods of cleaning.
If you think about green cleaning you need to choose such natural and really green cleaners as baking soda, lemons, salt, vinegar and other products that are eco-friendly.