Borax has been around for years and was originally discovered in Tibet in dry lake beds. It was commonly used during the 19th century for laundry and other cleaning purposes. Also known as sodium borate, Borax today is still used for many cleaning purposes as well as many other tasks.
Also, what is borate treated lumber used for?
Borate is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to build lasting protection into your home. Distinguished by its bluish hue, this lumber is specially treated to resist the Formosan termite. The only sure protection against this termite is to "build with borates." Borate is rot-resistant wood.
What does borate do?
Borates are the name for a large number of boron-containing oxyanions. The term "borates" may also refer to tetrahedral boron anions, or more loosely to chemical compounds which contain borate anions of either description.
Is Borax harmful to humans?
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, though of course, that doesn't make it inert or safe either. Arsenic is a naturally occurring metalloid but it isn't safe for human use. Sodium borate upon entry into the body becomes boric acid.