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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Swimming Pools
Pool Care and Cleaning
Borax (sodium borate)

Is Borax added to a swimming pool safe for people?

Borax is perfectly safe in swimming pools. We started using it in our inground pool two years ago and would not use anything else. Not only is it less expensive (a lot less expensive) but the water feels softer when we use it. My husband had to spend some time convincing me that Borax works and works safely but I'm very glad he did. Our pool has never looked better. We had been buying every product that the pool store told us we needed (we did need it didn't we?) One summer they couldn't get our pool water cleared up so in frustration my husband turned to the internet and the use of Borax. We saved a bundle and our pool cleaned up beautifully. Hope this helps you.

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Women's Health
Borax (sodium borate)

Can you use Borax for Yeast infections?

Yes, Borax probably works by altering the pH of the vaginal environment to discourage growth of Candida although it may also directly act on the yeast itself.

It is in several alternative OTC preparations or you can make your own by buying empty capsules and putting 600mg of borax in each one. Insert vaginally twice a day for 10-14 days. Do not take borax internally or put on broken skin. It is toxic.

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Borax (sodium borate)

What stores sale borax soap?

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Borax (sodium borate)

Can you eat borax?

No.

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Home Improvement
Building and Carpentry
Glue and Adhesives
Borax (sodium borate)
Cornflour and Cornstarch

How do you make slime without glue and borax and with out cornstarch?

You can also make slime with shampoo and body wash. The shampoo can't be to liquidy, and it has to be a clear shampoo. The body wash can't be to liquidy too, but the body wash doesn't have to be clear. Old spice works very good. then mix those ingredients and you have slime.

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Walmart
Borax (sodium borate)

Does Walmart carry borax?

no sadly walmart does not carry borax ive checked i was going to use it to preserve my fish skin from the fish i caught but they dont carry it :C

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Swimming Pools
Borax (sodium borate)

Can you use the 3 b borax-bleach-baking sode to maintain your pool?

The standard answer from the swimming pool industry is:

"Not unless you know absolutely know what to use, when to use it, what quantities to use and what the result will be after it is in the water. Do you know what to do in the event of over use of the product? What are the long term effects of these products? You need a test kit to test the water. One of the items can put the water chemistry balance so far out of wack and off the scale that it could damage something -- filter, heater. Another product listed would be too weak to make any noticeable difference in sanitizer levels. Causing you to use more and more of the chemical to achieve the required results. It could result in uncontrolled algae, calcium deposits, scale, rough plaster or pool finish and end up being a money pit. Stick with the tried and true swimming pool chemicals. Chlorine 12% or granular chlorine at 98 or 99%. Your area may require or demand Calcium Hyperchlorite -- low grade chlorine-- read and compare the percentages. To adjust the pH or total alkalinity -- use muriatic acid, dry acid - not sulfuric acid.

It sounds like you are headed for deep trouble with make do, use what you find around the house chemicals. Mixing some of the wrong chemicals by mistake can prove deadly. Being careless with pool chemicals or any other type of chemicals can be fatal. With some type swimming pool chemicals - even a single drop of water or liquid accidentally dropped into the chemical can and will cause a violent reaction and fire. Beware.

k "

Rebuttal:

I completely disagree with K. Borax-Bleach-and Baking Soda are the exact same chemicals as the "tried and true swimming pool chemicals". I do agree that you absolutely need to know what to add, how much, and when, and it's imperative that you have a good test kit.

For information and expert advice on how to care for your pool, I highly recommend visiting http://www.troublefreepool.com

robrinker

Answer

( It must not contain detergent ) Only use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. It can be found at any grocery store. Try using the same amount as you would with PH plus 1 lb. to 10,000 gallons, and wait 2 to 4 hrs. Then check your PH reading. If it's still low, add some more until you get it to 7.2 to 7.8 range. Caution - check your alkalinity before using borax, because borax raises PH only, without affecting your alkalinity. If your alkalinity is also low you can use baking soda to raise your alkalinity and PH. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price. Take a look at this web site for more information on Borax: http://www.poolsolutions.com/gd/borax_20mule.html (copy & paste to use link)

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Crafts for Children
Borax (sodium borate)
Cornflour and Cornstarch

How do I make slime without cornstarch or borax?

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Chemistry
Borax (sodium borate)

How do you make silly putty without liquid starch and borax?

You need:

glue

laundry detergent (liquid)

bowl (or something to mix in)

spoon (or something to mix with)

food coloring (optional)

Here's what you do:

Put some glue into your bowl (the amount doesn't matter; you can put in however much you want) and add the food coloring in.

Stir.

Pour some detergent into the cap and SLOWLY add it while stirring the mixture.

Put in more or less detergent to get it to the consistency that you want it.

ENJOY!

Tips:

Put in more detergent if your mixture is too runny. Put in more glue if your mixture is too hard to stir.

IMPORTANT:

Store in a ziploc baggie to keep plyable and soft. You don't want it drying out!:)

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Science Experiments
Borax (sodium borate)

Can you make glow in the dark slime without borax?

yes

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Organic Chemistry
Borax (sodium borate)
Cornflour and Cornstarch

Do you have to have cornflour and borax to make slime?

Technically no. Many animals make slime out of mucopolysaccharides... humans, for example (we call it snot, or mucus if you want to be polite).

However, if you're wanting to make "slime" to play with, most recipes that I'm aware of do involve either borax or cornstarch (or both). You can make a slime-like compound (though it may not be exactly what you're looking for) out of Metamucil and water... you basically microwave it and let it cool for several cycles.

That said, neither cornstarch nor borax is particularly expensive; I'm not sure why this is such a stumbling block. (If you just don't know where to find them, you can get cornstarch at any grocery store, and probably borax as well. If you can't find the borax, look in the section where the laundry detergents are... one common brand is 20 Mule Team Borax.)

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Home & Garden
Swimming Pools
Pool Care and Cleaning
Borax (sodium borate)

Will borax raise the alkalinity of a swimming pool?

20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster (sodium tetraborate), be found at many grocery stores will raise your pool's pH, but it will not have as much effect on your pool's alkalinity as baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, Alk Up) or soda ash (sodium carbonate, pH Up)

If your alkalinity is low you can use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to raise your alkalinity and PH. Baking Soda raises PH and Alkalinity at the same time. Baking Soda has the same ingredients as Alkalinity plus, but half the price.

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Borax (sodium borate)

Does safeway have borax?

Yes, typically found in the laundry aisle.

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Household Hints
Borax (sodium borate)

What would be a good substitute for laundry borax for a science experiment?

# Plain detergent # dish soap # Canola oil # Cascade with baking soda # or Dawn

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Borax (sodium borate)

Is Ariel laundry detergent the same as borax?

yes

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Chemistry
Borax (sodium borate)

How do you make silly putty without borax or liquid starch?

with washing detergent

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Science
Borax (sodium borate)

Why does hot water and borax make crystals?

Borax is a material that grows into a crystal naturally. Just like snowflakes are crystals that form when warmer water in the clouds cools enough a borax solution will cool into crystals. The reason we use hot water to make borax crystals is because borax will disolve into water. Hot water can hold more borax than cold water can. So when the borax is stirred into the hot water until no more will fit, it is called supersaturated. As it cools, it cannot hold as much borax in each water molecule, so it realeases some of the borax into it's natural repeating mineral shape. It's just like a sugar crystal or a salt crystal. They will do the same thing as the borax when disolved in hot water, only they take a lot longer to crystalize. Try using 2 cups sugar and 1 cup boiling water. you can add a little food coloring and some flavoring oil. Be careful not to add too much. a drop or two of flavoring oil will be fine. Don't stand too close as fumes make come out of the mixture when adding the flavor. Put a bamboo skewer or a string, that has been stickified with some Corn Syrup and then rolled in regular granulated sugar and dried overnight, into a jar filled with the sugar dilute. you can put a paper towel or cheese cloth over it to keep the dust out. Leave it alone for a couple of months. You'll have a pretty cool treat that you can eat.

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Swimming Pools
Pool Care and Cleaning
Borax (sodium borate)

How can you raise the alkalinity when your Ph is correct?

Assuming your talking about soil PH, applying wood ash or agricultural lime in suitable quantities will do the trick. Both are highly alkaline.

Your pH is the opposite side of the same coin with alkalinity.

To raise it use Sodium Bicarb. With the pump motor off and water motionless, add the bicarb in the deep-end of the pool, in one spot.

Let it sit for 4 hours or more. Turn the pump on and allow to circulate for 2-3 hours, then re-test. Alkalinity should be 80-100, not 150 or higher.

To lower alkalinity, do the same, just use acid. The chart your need in provided in the link below.

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Borax (sodium borate)

Does Tide have borax?

yes of course

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Physics
Periodic Table
Elements and Compounds
Borax (sodium borate)

Whath is element?

If you are asking what an element is, it is a pure substance that can't be broken down by physical or chemical means. hope that helps! : )

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Science Experiments
Borax (sodium borate)

What is a good substitution for borax?

It depends what you are looking to use the borax/substitute for.

In a common cleaning capacity, say, for laundry or general household cleaning (even opening drains) Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (or ANY brand washing soda, generally available at grocery or hardware stores) is a common substitute. Note that while washing soda isn't toxic like borax, it IS a strong enough cleaner that one must wear gloves while using it, however.

For the abrasive (scrubbing) effect of borax, use salt or baking soda--they aren't toxic.

Again, depending what one was seeking to use the borax for, numerous substitutes exist, including ammonia + boiling water (for chocolate stain removal), baking soda + boiling water (opening clogged drains), Bac-Out enzyme cleaner (pet smell/stains, chocolate, blood removal, cooking oil stains), vinegar (thousands of uses), even kitty litter, and other specific natural enzyme formulas.

Try using Google search for the specific use you seek (such as "oil removal" -Borax [in the quotation marks and with the dash in front of Borax]) and the search engine will (hopefully! ;->) return the full and detailed answer you seek.

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Chemistry
Biochemistry
Borax (sodium borate)

What are three reasons why borax is a good primary standard?

i need ideas to complete my assignment

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Home & Garden
Borax (sodium borate)

Is borax and lemon juice a good household cleaner?

I personally use white vinegar and water... there is so many things you can do with it and it's safe and non toxic.
Lemon juice can get expensive if you use it often.

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Swimming Pools
Borax (sodium borate)

Is Borax added to a vinyl-lined pool safe for people?

Within reason, yes. According to Michael W. Smith II's BleachCalc program, you should add about 160 oz (weight) of dry borax for each 10,000 gallons. It supposedly helps against algae, although we use it to raise the water's pH and to buffer the pH at the level we want. Additionally, it doesn't evaporate or lose effectiveness with the sun. You only should have to replenish after backwashing your filter (when adding refill water.)

The target is supposedly 50 parts per million of tetraborates, so, considering each box holds 76 ounces, a 20,000 gallon pool should have about 4 and 1/3 boxes poured and mixed in. It doesn't hurt your skin to mix by hand, although it dissolves rather quickly by itself with the pump running. (Break up any large clumps.) In any case, start slowly (1/2 box per 10,000 gallons) and have something on hand to lower pH, because it will raise your pH pretty quickly. Small amounts of Muriatic acid works well to lower the pH after you test a few hours later. Also make certain the borax is just that. (It must NOT contain detergent!)

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Chemistry
Borax (sodium borate)

Why is borax called the twenty mule team?

Well, it's just a brand name, but it comes from the way borax was hauled out of the Arizona desert in the 1800s. It took a team of twenty mules to pull a wagon load.

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