According to Wikipedia, Borax, also known as sodium borate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and asalt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.
Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It is also used to make buffer solutions in biochemistry, as a fire retardant, as an anti-fungal compound for fiberglass, as a flux in metallurgy, neutron-capture shields for radioactive sources, a texturing agent in cooking, and as a precursor for other boron compounds.
Is Borax Safe?
Some people taught that using borax is not safe. But this naturally occurring mineral doesn’t cause cancer, accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment. In fact, people have been using borax for over 100 years to clean their home and for use in their laundry and homemade products. You can also read CrunchyBetty’s explanation about borax, if it is safe or not, here on this page http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not.
This miracle ingredient really plays a big part in many household recipes. You can use borax as ingredient for…
1. Carpet cleaning
2. Growth, fruit and seed development of fruit bearing trees
3. Toilet bowl cleaner
4. Get rid of pests such as roaches, waterbugs and ants
5. Get rid of dog’s fleas
6. Mice deterrent
7. Preserve flowers
8. Violin string saver
9. Gummy adhesive residue remover
10. Better home candles
11. Cleaning cookware
12. Deodorizing refrigerator
13. Keep humidifier free of odor
14. Shower, tub and tile cleaner
15. Remove rust
16. Sink cleaner
17. Outdoor furniture cleaner
18. Car litter deodorizer
19. Garbage Disposal Cleaner
20. Remove linen mildew and mustiness
21. Unclog drains
22. Clean mattresses
23. Garbage can deodorizer
24. Kill weeds
25. Shine China
26. Clean hairbrushes and combs
27. Mold inhibitor
28. Pool pH stabilizer better than pool chemicals
29. Make grow borax crystal snowflakes
30. Make your own slime
31. Make bouncy ball
For great tutorial on these simple ways to use borax on your home, please check out OneGoodThingbyJillie’s post on the link below…
If you’re looking for borax, it can usually be found in the laundry aisle along with bleach, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc at Walmart, CVS, Food Lion, and similar stores. You can also check out 20 Mule Team Borax on this Amazon page: http://amzn.to/1ccz7xI
And to avoid borax hardening, you can transfer the borax to an airtight container right after buying it and toss in the silicone moisture gel packet.
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