Does Borax Cause Dark Colored Clothing to Fade?

I have read on this site that using Borax in the laundry, when washing dark colored clothing, will cause the clothing to fade. Is this true?

Sharon from Southern Illinois


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January 18, 20081 found this helpful

Borax is a laundry whitener. It is one of the ingredients in homemade laundry detergent/soap, which I have used for years. None of my colored clothing have faded more than when I used store bought detergent.


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September 28, 20091 found this helpful

Borax in your laundry does produce small amounts hydrogen peroxide, so the possibility of fading of darks does exist. However I have used it for years and have never seen any fading.

April 22, 20130 found this helpful

Yes it can. I'm actually searching for a solution to this problem. I just sprinkled the borax over my clothes in the washer when I probably should have mixed the borax with the water before adding the clothes.


I now have a bright pink maternity shirt that has splotches of lighter pink.

October 27, 20150 found this helpful

Yes, in fairly large doses. I was trying to to remove paint, so I used half a box of borax on just 2 items. It did lighten, but not fully remove the paint, and it did lighten the clothes

October 21, 20211 found this helpful

I just began using borax two days ago in our very hard water for washing clothes. I read it will help boost the cleaning power of my detergent. I use dark gray kitchen towels. They are two years old and used daily. I think I have reached maximum natural fade. After two washes they look like I have bleached them and are a good bit more faded than the bottom of the stack that have not had borax. They also have a different texture. I am choosing to discontinue using it in my wash and just use it in the dishwasher.


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