About Borax

"Gold and silver lured many a prospector out to Death Valley...but the mineral compound most lucrative is Borax" 


Another ancient and mysterious mineral that has been harvested for centuries and used for many industrial and domestic purposes throughout the world.


This misunderstood ingredient can bring much joy to your life, not only does it make miracle slime and crystal crafts,  it has a cosmic connection that will dazzle you.


Borax, just like it cousins Washing Soda and Bicarb Soda is also formed naturally or can be manufactured in the lab.  Borax like everything on earth it is made up of elements, and with a chemical formula Na2B4O7·10H2O it contains Sodium, Hydrogen and Oxygen just like the carbonates - but with a special bonus of Boron.


The Boron element on the periodic table

Unlike many other elements created through a fusion reaction with stars, Boron formed after the Big Bang through the process known as Cosmic Ray Spallation, where colliding cosmic rays split the nuclei of atoms causing fusion. 


Boron is essential to life, without it plants do grow and your body will not function. Do not fear Boron, embrace this cosmic creation.

The Boron element on the periodic table


Unlike many other elements created through a fusion reaction with stars, Boron formed after the Big Bang through the process known as Cosmic Ray Spallation, where colliding cosmic rays split the nuclei of atoms causing fusion. 


Boron is essential to life, without it plants do grow and your body will not function.  Do not fear Boron, embrace this cosmic creation.


Borax is not the same as Boron, it just contains it and without it it can't be Borax. 


Borax is not the same as Boric Acid - they are unique, separate chemicals that contain Boron.


Borax is also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate just to demonstrate how confusing this can all get.  


Now the big question, is Borax toxic?  If you decide to ingest copious amounts, or start snorting it through a straw - then yes, you could overdose on the Boron element.  However, centuries have proven that is perfectly safe to clean with. 


So, let's look at the ways you can use this wonderful ingredient in your home.


  • Dishwasher - Make dishwasher powder or tablets and replace costly synthetic detergents

  • Laundry - Make pastes and powders to keep clothes clean, whites white and stains away

  • Multi Purpose  - Make effective pastes similar to gumption or jiffy, use it to clean the oven, tiles, grout, the toilet and even the BBQ!

  • Antifungal Foot Soak - soak feet in a solution of Borax to treat athletes foot. 

  • The Garden - A fertilizer used to correct boron-deficient soils 

  • Make Crafts- like borax crystals and slime.

Borax is a beautiful balanced ingredient, with a pH of approx. 9.5 it is stronger than Bicarb but not as alkaline as Washing Soda. They all work great as team, giving water the alkalinity it needs to clean all the while softening it so soap can also work its magic.

Footnotes

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Sharma, S. (n.d.). Table of Elements by Shrenil Sharma. Retrieved from Boron: https://sites.google.com/site/tableofelementsbyshrenilsharma/Downhome/boron 


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This article has been update on the 20 December 2020


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