Borax is a powdery white substance, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. It’s widely used as a household cleaner and a booster for laundry detergent. It’s a combination of boron, sodium, and oxygen.
Country of Origin: Turkey
The best-known use for borax is as a cleaner, but you can find the ingredient in many other household products, including:
- Specialty toothpastes and mouthwashes
- Cosmetics such as lotions, skin creams, moisturizers, sunscreen, and acne care products
Borax is also an ingredient for making putty-like “slime” for kids.