Borax is an ancient & wonderful mineral that has been harvested for centuries. It does come with some unfounded controversy - which is perhaps due to confusion between Borax & Boric Acid which are not the same thing.
Like any ingredient you plan to use, do your research & only ever use what you are comfortable with.
what is it
Borax is white, soft colourless crystals
WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL FORMULA?
Na = Sodium B = Boron H = hydrogen O = Oxygen
WHAT IS THE pH LEVEL?
Borax has a pH level around 9.5 which is slightly alkaline and very similar to Bicarb.
WHAT ELSE IS IT KNOWN BY?
Sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate
how it is made
Borax, just like it cousins Washing & Bicarb Soda, is also formed naturally in ancient underground deposits. Borates are natural compounds containing Boron, which are crystallized & refined to product pure Borax.
There a number of methods for the crystallization of Borax, from which the process, tools, equipment & raw materials all contribute to the purity of the end product.
uses & benefits
- DISH WASHING: Replace synthetic detergents & add make your own dishwashing powder using Washing Soda, Coconut Soap Flakes & Borax. You can use this in the sink or in an automatic dishwasher.
- OVEN CLEANER: Make a paste with Bicarb, Borax, Coconut Soap Flakes & Essential Oils. Spread mix inside oven & on trays. Let sit until dry & then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- LAUNDRY POWDER: Combine with Borax, Bicarb & Coconut Soap Flakes for a natural laundry powder.
- NATURAL BLEACH: Soak whites in a solution of Borax & hot water. The hotter the water & longer the soak, the better!
- STAIN REMOVER: Make a paste with Borax & Bicarb & apply to stain, soak overnight then wash as normal.
- TOILET CLEANER: Flush some washing soda down the toilet to clean, freshen & help prevent blockage.
- TILE & GROUT: Use with hot water to clean ceramic or vinyl tiles. Make a paste to clean grout.
- ANTIFUNGAL FOOT SOAK: Soak feet in a solution of Borax to relive symptoms of Athletes foot
- BUFFERING AGENT: For managing the pH levels in swimming pools
- FERTILIZER: to correct boron-deficient soils
- MECHANICS: stops car radiator and engine block leaks
- NEUTRON ABSORBER: used in nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools to control reactivity and to shut down a nuclear chain reaction (ok may not be used around the home, but very interesting to know!)
- MAKE CRAFTS: makes slime and crystals
How should I Borax?
Handle with care & do not consume! You can't avoid chemicals, your body & our Earth is made of them. Everything has a scale & at some point too much of something can make it dangerous - just like drinking too much water. So please take care with these ingredients, do keep them out of reach of young children who could potentially ingest them. Try work in a well-ventilated area - avoid breathing any raised dust & getting any of the powder in your eyes or on cuts/abrasions. If your skin is very sensitive, you may want to work with gloves. Please read any labels/instructions that are provided with your ingredient.
Is Borax safe?
It has been used for centuries as a cleaning agent & a million other uses. From my research Borax can be dangerous when consumed in large amounts. So don't eat it & it should be fine. Also take care not to get in your eyes or breathe in the raised dust.
How is this packaged?
Your goodies will be packaged plastic free Earth Bags. They are made of brown recycled paper, have a corn based 100% natural biofilm lining & tin-tie for easy opening & resealing. They are home compostable & recyclableNOTE: If you order 3kg or more it will be made up of 1.5kg bags (ie. 3kg = 2 x 1.5kg bags). If you have chosen the glass option it will come in an Amber Apothecary Jar.