Borax (sodium borate)

Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is in items from cosmetics to fire retardants. Although some countries allow it to be used as a food additive, it has been shown to cause liver cancer when consumed in high amounts over a period of time.

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Borax (sodium borate)

What do you do if your dog ate Borax soap?

Ring the vet and seek advice.

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Borax (sodium borate)

Is borax a weak base or a strong base?

Borax is a weak base.

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What is the nature of an aqueous solution of borax?

weakly basic

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What happens when you mix borax and water?

they form crystals but that's only if you have a pipe cleaner and hot water and borax

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Does the amount of borax added change the slime?

Yes, it does!

Because when you add more borax the solution will get stiffer and really hard to stir.. but when u dont add any borax the solution will be really liquidy and un stiff! ask me. i tried it :P

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Borax (sodium borate)

Is borax dangerous to dogs?

Please do not use on pets or your yard. Borax has a skull and cross bone on the side for a reason. It is harmful. It causes kidney failure if they eat it and they are a lot closer to the ground than we are.

Actually, the box I have here in front of me does not have skull and crossbones as someone said above. I looked at every side of the box intently looking for said skull and cross bones. It's not as dangerous as the last poster suggests. It seems to be a mere overly emotional response to new information that must have been misunderstood. Borax is toxic and can cause serious health risks, but it would take a lot of regular exposure to the product directly or ingestion. So if you're stupid enough to sprinkle it into your dog's water or food bowls or give him/her baths in it, then you have reason for concern and that would beg the question concerning whether you should have a dog or not. Just read the websites I discovered below. I, personally, am trying to use it because it was recommended by my vet to rid my home of fleas.

As for sprinkling it on your yard... that's not smart, and it's also discouraged on of the websites below anyway.

This product is actually listed in a lot of website as a non-toxic way of ridding fleas, and it's much safer than the over the counter pesticides and flea collars and shampoos. See for yourself. Just type "borax is toxic" in google. I bet you won't find many websites with any credibility.

My conclusion to borax's safety is this. It's just like every other cleaner. You have to clean up after using it, wear gloves, mask, whatever to protect yourself if you're concerned. Don't use it outside of the instructions unless you're sure it will be ok and don't use too much or put yourself at risk with cross contaminating food, dishes or water supply.

Also I want to mention that it is found naturally in fruits, leafy vegetables, wine, cider and beer in small quantities of course. That should not be cause for concern though, for even overdose of certain vitamins can cause health risks. The key is moderation. Too much of anything is bad.

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Cornflour and Cornstarch

Is cornstarch and borax the same?

No. Cornstarch is a food product extracted from corn. Borax is a mineral, dug out of the ground.

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Acids and Bases
Borax (sodium borate)

Is borax and boric acid the same?

No, they're not the same.

However, they're not that different. Borax is just the sodium salt of boric acid.

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Is borax the same as boric acid?

Borax and boric acid are not the same thing, but there is a "relationship" between the two. Let's look at each and see the connection.

Borax

Borax is an important mineral, and it is goes under the names sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or bisodium tetraborate. It's chemical formula will be written in basically one of two ways, depending on the water content. These formulae are:

Na2B4O7·10H2O and Na2[B4O5(OH)4]·8H2O

Boric acid

Boric acid has the chemical formula H3BO3, which is sometimes written B(OH)3 when referring to the naturally occurring mineral form of boric acid (sassolite). This weak acid will react to form a salt, and sodium borate (borax) is one of the salts that can result when boric acid reacts with other natural minerals, and that's the connection.

As borax can be a product of a boric acid reaction, we should not be surprised to find boric acid in borax, which we do. The fact that sodium borate is a product of a boric acid reaction and that boric acid can be found in borax (and several other minerals as well) connect the two substances. Links can be found below form more information.

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Borax (sodium borate)

What color does borax turn in Universal indicator?

Blue

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Pool Care and Cleaning
Borax (sodium borate)

What can you use to raise the pH and alkalinity without buying the expensive stuff?

baking soda is the chemical that is used to raise your pH and alk. when both of these are in range they "buffer each other" which means it usually will stay constant.

I also use baking soda...Sam's Club sells it in 12lb bags...it usually has a 'key' on the back of the bag of how much to use for what size pool.

It also helps your skin stay soft from the swim!

Baking Soda is great if you need to raise BOTH the pH and the alkalinity at the same time.

If your alkalinity is at the correct level, and your pH is low, you do not want to raise the alkalinity, so do not use Baking Soda.... Instead, use "20 Mule Team BORAX" - half a box at a time, wait a couple of hours and re-test each time.

Make sure you buy the "20 Mule Team BORAX" and not any kind of Detergent with Borax in it. That will give you a mess.

The "20 Mule Team BORAX" can be found in the Laundry Additives section in your local super market for a fraction of the cost of the pH-up products, and will work wonderfully without raising your alkalinity to harden your water too much. It also leaves your skin soft after a swim, like the Baking Soda.

Here's a link to show the use of 20 Mule Team Borax in your pool to raise the PH without affecting the Alkalinity levels:

http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.HTML

And another link to show more replacement chemicals, and how much to use:

http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/grocery.HTML

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Borax (sodium borate)

What is the technical name for borax?

Sodium tetraborate decahydrate (Na2B4O7

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Where can you buy borax on Guam?

At Wal-Mart

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What is borax used for?

what is borax used for

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Borax (sodium borate)

How is the Old English name element 'Wyn' correctly pronounced?

Previous AnswerOld English, or Anglo-Saxon, was a Germanic/Teutonic tongue, related to other tongues like Frisian and other Scandinavian languages. As such, the letter "w" would actually be pronounced as a "v", and a "v" often pronounced as an "f". "F" was a lighter, breathier version of the "f" we know today, a soft f, if you will. "Y" was indeed pronounced like a short "i."

So in short, "-wyn" would be pronounced "-vin."

But in your LARP group, you can pronounce it however you want. :-)

Better AnswerThe letter written "w" in modern spelling of Old English represents the letter wynn (ƿ), and the reason that letter existed is precisely because it's not pronounced like "v" (else they would have just used "v"!). The correct pronunciation is in fact just like English "w". Anglo-Saxon "y" should be pronounced like "u" in French "tu" or "lune".
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Borax (sodium borate)

What is borax?

Borax is an important mineral, and it is goes under the names sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or bisodium tetraborate. It's chemical formula will be written in basically one of two ways, depending on the water content. These formulae are:

Na2B4O7·10H2O and Na2[B4O5(OH)4]·8H2O

A link can be found below form more information.

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What happens when vinegar reacts with borax?

I made a paste from borax and white vinegar in a ceramic bowl. Within about 30 seconds it had hardened into concrete and I couldn't even get it out of the bowl.

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Borax (sodium borate)

Can you use mr clean around your pet?

No I think the smell would probally effect your pet.

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Is borax poisonous?

The short answer is yes. The front of the box of 20 Mule Team Borax, states "CAUTION: EYE IRRITANT. MAY BE HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED." The side panel adds "CAUTION: ...Avoid contact with eyes. Do not take internally." First Aid information is provided as follows: "In Eyes: Rinse with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, contact a physician. Ingestion: Rinse mouth, give a large glassful of water or milk. Do not induce vomiting. Call a physician immediately. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN."

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How To

How To Make Silly Putty Without Borax?

You can make Silly Putty without Borax by using a substitution. Instead of using Borax in the quantity that the recipe calls for, use Epsom salts instead.

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Borax (sodium borate)

Who was the woman on the tv ad for Twenty Mule Team Borax for Death Valley Days?

"Rosemary DeCamp"

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Ceramics and Pottery
Borax (sodium borate)

Can 20 mule team borax be used in ceramic glazes?

It won't hurt the glaze, might degrade the grout a bit, but be sure to rinse well.

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Can you mix bleach and borax?

According to the Dial Corporation, manufacturers of 20 Mule Team Borax, "Borax and chlorine bleach can be safely used together in washing machines. Always read all safety information on each package."

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Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Can baking soda be used instead of borax when making slime?

Yes, it is a very effective subsitute.

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Borax (sodium borate)

Is borax acid or base?

base

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