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Is Borax safe on my kitchen 'stuff'?

I used Borax to kill several ant colonies invading our house (carpenter ants) and always viewed it at a poison or something bad.

Now, I made the laundry soap using borax, washing soda, and soap. I had to melt the soap bar in a pot and stir constantly. And, then mix everything together and put it in a mason jar. Since I don't own a regular blender (to blend the soap in the mason jars), I had to put it into my VitaMix. So, maybe I'm just being too worried for nothing... but, is it okay to wash my utensils, bowls, and blender that touched the borax and use it for processing other foods... i.e. eat off these things?

I'd hate to ingest borax...even a minute.

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I'm unsure of borax. Food grade diatomaceous earth is supposed to be good for ants and other pests. http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

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We have non-food-grade diatomaceous earth because it is cheaper. But the ant poison can be made without touching my kitchen stuff.

As for borax. Uggghhh, on that article. Just when I thought it was okay to use. I just read that it was as a skin irritant and toxic in the same manner that salt it.
http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-...it-safe-or-not

Ughhh... so, I am guessing I can still use my kitchen stuff. Hopefully, maybe rinse or wash it at least twice.

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I always cooked that laundry soap mixture in a stockpot and just washed it well after. Fwiw, the same recipe works fine dry if you shred the bar soap first and dehydrate it a bit. Less work.
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