Borax, also called sodium tetraborate, is a powdery white mineral that has been used as a cleaning product for several decades. It has many uses:
- It helps get rid of stains, mold, and mildew around the house.
- It can kill insects such as ants.
- It’s used in laundry detergents and household cleansers to help whiten and get rid of dirt.
- It can neutralize odors and soften hard water.
In cosmetic products, borax is sometimes used as an emulsifier, buffering agent, or preservative for moisturizing products, creams, shampoos, gels, lotions, bath bombs, scrubs, and bath salts. Borax is marketed as a green product because it doesn’t contain phosphates or chlorine. Instead, its main ingredient is sodium tetraborate, a naturally occurring mineral. While borax may be natural, that doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. Borax comes with a caution warning users that the product is an eye irritant and that it may be harmful if swallowed.
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