Boron is an example of a household metalloid. It is included in cleaning agents and laundry detergents for its strength in bleaching and removing stains, and is also used to control viscosity in adhesives, cosmetics and paints. Borax (sodium borate) is a pesticide used to control bacteria, fungi and insects.
Boron is found in nature as boric acid and borates (minerals containing boron). Boric acid is used to treat acne and athlete’s foot, and as eyewash. Borates are found in personal care products, ceramic floor tiles and enamel glazes. Borosilicate glass is used in the production of ultra-thin LCD screens, touchscreens of smartphones or tablets, and Pyrex cookware, as it is tough and resistant to chemicals and heat.