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** What Is Borax? **

By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., Guide

"This is a photo of natural borax crystals from California."

This is a photo of natural borax crystals from California.

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*Question: *What Is Borax?
Borax is a common household and commercial chemical. Here's a look at what
borax is, some facts about borax, borax projects and how you can get borax.
*Answer: *Borax is a natural mineral with a chemical formula Na[2]B[4]O[7]
• 10H[2]O. The IUPAC name for borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate.
Borax also is known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium
tetraborate. It is one of the most important boron compounds.

-Where To Get Borax-

Borax is found in laundry booster, certain hand soaps and in some
toothpastes. You can order borax online or find it as one of these
products, sold at grocery stores:

· 20 Mule Team Borax (pure borax)
· Boraxo powdered hand soap
· tooth bleaching formulas (check the label for borax or sodium

-Borax Uses-

Borax has many uses on its own, plus it is an ingredient in other products.
Here are some uses of borax powder and pure borax in water:

· insect killer, particularly in roach killing products and as
moth-preventative (10% solution on wool)
· fungicide
· herbicide
· desiccant
· laundry booster
· household cleaner

Borax is an ingredient in several other products, such as:

· buffer solutions
· flame retardants
· teeth bleaching products
· glass, ceramics and pottery
· enamel glazes
· precursor


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