Because of its many uses, Borax can be found in the laundry aisle of grocery stores and many other stores that sell laundry products, such as hardware stores, some pet shops and garden centers, and online. Borax is not a laundry detergent; rather, it is a mineral that can be used to boost the performance of laundry detergents.
Borax is the commercial name for the mineral sodium tetraborate, which is mined from the ground below dried saline lakes. Borax was discovered in Tibet and exported to Babylon 4,000 years ago. It was later used by the ancient Romans as a flux for welding and by the Chinese as an ingredient in ceramic glazes.
Today, it is an integral ingredient in shatterproof glass. It can also be used as an insecticide for killing roaches, fleas and moths. It can also be use as a herbicide, flame retardant, fungicide, disinfectant and desiccant. It is a natural odor neutralizer when used in the laundry or as a household cleaner. It is an ingredient in tooth whiteners, medicines and cosmetics. Borax is used in building materials, fiberglass and ceramics. It is also an ingredient in the childhood science projects of goop, GAK and slime making.