I've been using Borax in my laundry for years. It makes my colors bright without harsh bleach! Borax is also a great tile cleaner! We mix it into a paste with water and then clean the grout in the shower tiles. I use borax in every load of laundry I do. It goes a long way to preserving my clothing. Colors don't fade as quickly and always look bright when you pull them from the dryer. Borax also is good for removing stains. I've had borax pull out everything fron ink to sweat to paint.