Introduction:Borax is an old product that has been around for ages. Many of us have used it but know little about it. Here are some interesting facts about Borax.
Borax is a boron compound made up of sodium borate, mineral and boric acid salt. It is a soft white powder that dissolves easily in water and has many uses.
Borax was first discovered during ancient times in Tibet. It was found in the dry lake beds and imported to Arabia. The name borax comes from the Persian word "burah" which means potassium nitrate. Borax was first used commonly and marketed in the 19th century.
Borax is known mainly for its various household uses. It is a laundry aide for cleaning and whitening clothes. It also is used as an indoor and outdoor ant bait and bug deterrent.
Borax is an agent used to make a rubber polymer called putty or flubber. Kids often use the recipe with borax and white glue to make a play putty sometimes colored with food coloring.
Borax has many other uses that may not be known by many. Some of these are: ingredient for enamel glazes, tooth whitening agent, anti-fungal compound for fiberglass and cellulose insulation, moth-proofing solution for wool, treatment for thrush in horses hooves, to color fires with green tint, to stop car radiator and engine block leaks and many more uses.
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