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Posted by Ted Donate
(Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/30/2010 | 386 Posts

Borax is sold by Vittayasom at a pharmaceutical grade (B.P.) borax and is located near Rajadamnern Road near Kaosarn road where most foreigners reside. Most drug stores in Thailand knows Vittayasom also but I am doubtful they will order for you.


Happy New Year 2010

Posted by Joy (Chiang Mai, Thailand) on 09/05/2010

I am still having a terrible time finding Borax in Chiang Mai. Any suggestions?

Posted by Stuart (Ban Amphur, Chonburi, Thailand) on 10/26/2009

Hi Ted, been out looking for Borax in Ban Amphur & Pattaya - no pharmacies or hardware have it that i can find. Where do you find it in Thailand?


Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand

386 Posts
Borax is sold in Thailand by a company called Vittayasom, head office in Bangkok. However, there are many chemical companies that sell pharmaceutical grade in Bangkok on Rajadamnern road.

A drug store in Thailand can actually purchase borax for the customers, you just need to tell them the suppliers. The one I am aware of is Vittayasom.

Replied by Kallot
Phuket, Thailand
Hi I have found it on an online health food store, Called Good Karma Thailand And some other good stuff too.

Where to Buy Borax: UK  

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Posted by Triantaphyllo (England) on 08/11/2016

Hi. I have a question. I live in the UK and have just purchased Borax Sodium Tetranitrate Decahydrate ( 20 mule team Borax.). What is the difference between this and the Hexahydrate?

Is the one I have purchased safe to use internally?

Many thanks.

Posted by Alitown (Uk) on 02/11/2016

I am stuggling on with demodex mange on my 2 year old dog. He is on homeopathic tablets but the going is very slow and we still have constant flare ups of the scabs. Want to make up the wash but cannot find anywhere to buy the borax here in the uk. There is natural borax substitute available. Will this produce the same result?

Many thanks.

Replied by Jacqueline
Devon, Uk
Don't buy the substitute. You can get the Borax on Ebay. Some is called by it's chemical name - sodium-something (can't recall) - it's the pharmaceutical grade 99.99% pure, or they have the jewellers borax, but it's all the same thing. Doesn't cost much.

EC: Borax goes by several chemical names: sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, disodium tetraborate. It is all the same borax.

Replied by Sharon
Ulysses Kansas
Have you tried making a purchasing on
Replied by Janet
Sharon. A facebook group I belong to orders theirs. You can buy sodium tetraborate (borax) from intralabs online. Janet
Replied by Mrs A.
London Uk
To the enquirer looking for Borax in the UK -

You can get it at Intralabs

Where to Buy Borax: Uk  

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Posted by Angelika (United Kingdom) on 04/02/2015

Where can I buy borax which is safe for internal use? Do you sell it?

EC: Hi, you will find some information on buying borax here:

Replied by Fearg
Hello, I purchased Bill Thompson's book "Candida, killing so Sweetly" and want to undertake an anti-candida protocol.

The problem I have is I live in the EU (UK) and sales of Borax are restricted to the public. I don't know what it's like in Asia but I can imagine you could easily buy it there.

Online you can buy Borax substitute, would this be just as effective or not?

Would it be possible for you to advise me on how to obtain what I need?

Even if I have to order from the USA for example. I cannot move forward without getting past this snag so I would really appreciate if you could help.

Keep up the good work! Best, Fearghas

Replied by Janet
Fearg, The borax is sodium tetraborate and from everything I have found is available on the internet from Intralabs. Many in my facebook group order from there from Europe. Janet

Posted by Broch (Aberdeenshire) on 10/21/2013

Where can I obtain food grade pure Borax in the UK.

I bought some from intra labs but it says on the package do not eat, technical grade powder for general reagent use, sodium tetra borate decahydrate. would this be ok to take orally?

Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa
@Broch: The regent or lab grade would seem to be the most safest form in comparison to food or commercial grade. If you can't find any "borax" at your local grocer, try Ebay or Amazon as they have thousands of merchants that ship worldwide. Do be sure there are absolutely no added fragrance.
Replied by Lorenza
I just bought some from the same place. I actually enquired about this; due to pharmaceuticals corrupting our lives, its very hard to get borax that will say for consumption. However the little impurites in the borax you bought are just other mineral s that our bodies will get rid of. So should be fine.

Posted by Avi (London, United Kingdom) on 01/21/2009

Hi, in searching to buy borax online, I found it under this name: Sodium tetraborate decahydrate at this site, top of page

and I'm not sure that this is the right stuff. Can anyone tell me? Thankx, Avi

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Helsinki, Finland
Replied by Jane
Liverpool, Uk
Is Borax safe for internal consumption in very small amounts say 1 ml spoon daily? there is an article in Nexus, that say because Borax was so good for arthritis and many other ailments it was banned, I cannot seem to find whether it is actually safe, some chemical sites suggest definitely not!! Any ideas or has any one used Borax internally safely?? thanks jane

Posted by Cara (Birmingham, England)
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Re: Mandy from Dorset, Uk writes: "You cannot buy borax in England anymore - any other possiblities for horse mange?"

People say you can't buy borax in England. I bought some today in Boots, in the household cleaning aisle. Also available in tesco and ebay.

Replied by Sini
Paris, France
Looked at a large Boots shop in London, as well as another hardware shop - and the staff there said No. The hardware store had something called "Borax Substitute"
Replied by Sheena
Glasgow, Scotland
I thought something like this had happened, as I've not been able to find Borax anywhere and this is one item I do not want to be without.

Do any of our UK readers know of anywhere that has slipped under the EU's net and still supplies real Borax? If not - folk in the US seem to a product called 20 Mule Borax and this can be bought on EBay from users in the US. It will cost around 30 though (most of that is postage).

I have my doubts about this "substitute" being of any use to most of us. Treatment for demodex mites is definitely in the realms of pest control!

EC: Why did they stop selling borax in the EU, anyone know? Very weird.

Replied by Gaynor
Manaton, Uk
I bought borax from lab supplier on e-bay UK company-e-mistral just recently they sell laboratory grade in different quantities. Hope this helps
Replied by Sheena
Glasgow, Scotland
Thanks Gaynor, I'm really grateful for that. I found them on ebay and bought some. It's probably only a matter of time before these suppliers are banned from selling Borax too.
Replied by Ben
Reading, Uk

"Borates as a family (including sodium borate also known as Borax), have been proposed as Reprotoxins and I think this is the reason they have been removed from the consumer market. A reprotoxin is something that can have long term systemic effects on the reproductive systems in humans (Risk phrases will be R60 may impair fertility and R61 may cause harm to the unborn child)."

I'm assuming Borax substitute (sodium sesquicarbonate) is no good for Dog Mange.
Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

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Hi Ben...I have no doubt that boron or borax at high concentrations will cause the problems that you state. Unfortunately, you didn't quote the relevant concentrations of borax at which this reprotoxicity would occur, so we are all left hanging in the dark.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about boron or borax:

"Elemental boron and borates are non-toxic to humans and animals (approximately similar to table salt). The LD50 (dose at which there is 50% mortality) for animals is about 6 g per kg of body weight. Substances with LD50 above 2 g are considered non-toxic. The minimum lethal dose for humans has not been established, but an intake of 4 g/day was reported without incidents, and medical dosages of 20 g of boric acid for neutron capture therapy caused no problems. Fish have survived for 30 min in a saturated boric acid solution and can survive longer in strong borax solutions.[93] Borates are more toxic to insects than to mammals."

Boron in the form of borates or borax is always taken in small trace amounts, usually taking it for only a few days out of every week. I've been using trace borax for over a year now, off and on, and find it very useful and without any side-effects whatsoever.

Boron is useful as a very effective anti-fungal, as a general hormone balancer and is helpful to bone health. See this link :

And your assumption concerning sodium sesquicarbonate is quite correct. This substance would be absolutely useless against mange. A topical mixture of borax and hydrogen peroxide would be far more effective.

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Posted by Lisa (Norway) on 11/15/2014

Borax is not available on stores in norway. Can you give me a link to the correct type to buy? The ones I find says it is dangerous to digest. Any information will be much appreciated

Replied by Theparent
Borax pellets are available in pharmacies in Norway, where they sale homeopathic remedies.

Posted by Mike (New York) on 05/23/2013

I found at Ebay "Food Grade Borax" for $10.00. Borax Powder NF Grade - Food Grade 1 lb Bag

Replied by Crissypoo
Orem, Ut
Ummm...the brand, Twenty Mule Team Borax, is 99.5% pure Boron, and the other .5% is simply other minerals that were mined in the process of mining the Boron, which are good for us as well. Just go to WalMart and buy a box in the laundry isle, and smell it to make sure it has not been tainted by other laundry detergents, which may have been shipped with it. It'll cost you a whole $3 bucks and some change. Companies selling so called "food grade boron, are just out for the almighty dollar, pretending to make an already perfect product better. Come on people...let's use our heads. I've been using it for four months, for my LUPUS AND FIBROMYALGIA, and I'm amazed and so happy about the results. Here they are;

1. Almost no joint pain anymore. Can walk up and down stairs, all over S.D. Zoo, and then some. Used to only be able to walk about 1/4 mile, and then pain would be so bad, like knives stabbing the sides of my knee joints, I'd have to limp home.

2. Less depression, better mood, everything seems brighter, and I have a better outlook on life.

3. Increased energy?? Well, enough to not only START back at the gym, but WANT to start back at the gym, after years of inactivity, and I am now lifting more than some of the men there!

4. Sex life? Yes, WOW...that's all I'm saying.

5. My body temperature is no longer like the weather in Utah (constantly changing). I no longer sweat to death after climbing stairs, getting out of the shower, or running through the grocery store.

6. Night sweats minimal now.

7. Able to quit two of my lupus meds, methotrexate and one other that I can't remember the name of, and, I was able to taper my prednisone down from 20 mg to 5 mg. Going to go off prednisone completely within the next month

8. Drastically reduced whole -body inflammation. Sternum, lung, and rib pain almost non-existent. Headaches very rarely.

9. My heart palpitations and skipped beats are less frequent, and less severe.

10. There are probably many other benefits which I am forgetting, but the benefits I've listed are awesome!!

Replied by Paula
Salt Lake City
Crissypooo, How much borax are you using per day??

Posted by Peter (Chicago, Ill) on 08/14/2012

To Bill from San Fernando, do you mind to check is this the right kind of Borax to kill fungus in body. I just want to get small amount.


Replied by Lin
Northwest, Sunny England ;-p
Borax is currently available from Amazon in 1 kg packs.

Where to Buy: Mexico  

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Posted by Jan (Mexico) on 07/02/2014

Need a company we can purchase pharmaceutical grade borax or food-grade.

Can you help us.....I can order from usa and get it here or Canada. Thanks

EC: Hi, Jan. If you check the Table of Contents on the Borax page (found under 'B' on the 'Remedies' tab at the top), you will see many suggestions as to where to buy borax under 'Where to Buy' in various countries. It can be found online also.

Where to Buy: South Africa  

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Posted by Nola (South Africa) on 03/03/2015

I live in South Africa, the only borax I can find here is Alpha borax. can anyone tell me if this ok to ingest. Much appreciated.

Replied by Arum Jourdan
Hi Nola, as far as I know, Borax is borax. Just make sure it is Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. There is no industrial grade or food grade. Clicks and dischem have their own brands.
Replied by Maria Koen
Cape Town, South Africa
Hi, I would like to know if I can use the Alpha Borax Powder I purchased at a Pharmacy. It says nothing else on the box apart that it is poison and not to be taken. I don't see any other borax besides the buffalo brand and it also gives a warning Harmful if consumed. Do you think that I can take it for my painful asteoarthritis in my thumb. I am trying to prevent a joint replacement. Many Thanks

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Posted by Kathy (Virginia Beach, VA) on 03/27/2008
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Decades ago I was informed by a nurse that douching with a tbl. of the borax used for cleaning laundry(don't want to mention the BN) and 8 oz. of warm water twice daily for just a few days works. Well it really does. I've been using this remedy for many years now with no adverse reactions. If you do it gently, it should not cause problems, just wash out the vagina. Very simple and super cheap!

Replied by Sonya
Several years ago, I went in for my annual exam, and was told that they couldn't do a PAP because I had a yeast infection. I was dismayed -- "but I always have one", I said. The Doctor, bless his heart said that he would prescribe boric acid boluses for me. He prepared them himself and they were available from a pharmacy down the street. I protested a little that nothing ever worked for me, EVER... not permanently anyways.

He told me that he had never seen a repeat case in anyone that he had prescribe the boluses to. Well, I used them and guess what? It's been four years with no yeast infections! I will never use the stupid cream stuff again. If I ever need to, I may make the boluses myself using the cosmetic grade borax and cocoa butter. But -- I haven't had to and hopefully won't!
Replied by Lisa
Kevil, Kentucky
In herbal medicine, the term bolus is used interchangably with the word suppository. Many herbalists call a suppository made with herbs and an oil that is solid at cool temps and then melts when inserted into the body (vagina, or rectum) a bolus.
Replied by A.busey
Beaverton, Oregon
Yes! A nurse practitioner finally helped me after years of yeast infection from antibiotic use for sinus infection. She said go to the drug store or natural food store and buy the biggest empty capsules they sell and buy Boric Acid Powder there also. Fill one or two capsules and use as a suppository over night. You can do it a couple days in a row and it has worked wonders! Plan to where a light pad to absorb a little mess when you get up and moving around the next morning. Oh, I've found that a straw works wonders - just poke it down into the Boric Acid container and then hold over the open capsule and pinch above the powder to get it to fall out of the straw into the capsule. Hope this helps the many others suffering with this awful problem.
Replied by Sandy
Vienna, Austria
YEA, you are mentioning "borax" and "boric acid" in your post. Isn't there a difference?

Another thing that I don't quite understand: Borax is alkaline, right? But the pH of the vagina is supposed to be acid. E.G. Many woman get yeast infections because the sperm is alkaline, which messes up their vaginal environment. How can an alkaline substance cure an infection caused by a disturbed environment?

But if you say it worked I'm gonna give it a shot anyways. But how do I know if the borax/boric acid that I buy is the one you used for your treatment? Do you have a chemical formular or any other specific information or something?

I have no idea where to buy this stuff in Austria... Does anybody have experiences with the borax from ebay?


Replied by Somegirlontheinternet
Sacramento, Ca
So, I had been wondering this same thing, and I think I figured it out. This is based on nothing more than speculation however I believe that Boric Acid is what people are referring to using vaginally, and Borax internally (uhhh.. by mouth. lol.. I guess technically they are both internally, but you know what I mean). One of the big differences is that one is acidic (like the vagina) and the other is alkaline. I'd recommend just using Boric Acid vaginally since it has such a well proven track record. My guess is that some people aren't aware they are two different things and are inaccurately using Borax in place of Boric Acid. Just a guess. Internally (by mouth) Borax is supposed to help clear up candida though so I'm sure using both at the same time should help clear it up from the symptom location (vagina) and the root location (intestinal track).

Just my thoughts but I could be wrong.
Replied by Isochroma
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First a suggestion for this thread to the admins: split it into two. Thread #1 for those that are using Borax externally, thread #2 for those taking it internally. I have had to scroll through 75% of this thread's external-use reports to find the minority that are taking it internally.

Second suggestion and it is for the posters: buy a $20-$25 digital milligram scale online and when it arrives, check it with the included calibration weight.

Quit talking about inaccurate volumetric measures and get responsible with your health. If you aren't reporting doses in milligrams per day then nobody has a clue what the context of your results are including yourself. If you can't afford the one-time cost of $20-$25 to buy a milligram scale then just call it quits.

I am on page 15/17 of this thread and I cannot recall reading a single report that included a single accurate milligram dose of Borax. Perhaps there will be a measure posted in the last two pages. So I have no idea how much anyone has been taking and neither do they. It is beyond annoying and renders the reports only partly useful.

A milligram scale has higher accuracy than needed for Borax dosing but the price is hardly much more than less-accurate 10mg or 100mg scales so you might as well pay $5 more so you can also weigh out the small stuff of which there is plenty. I drop a single KI crystal onto my scale each morning and get an accurate weight. This morning it was 14mg KI so that was my dose today.
Third suggestion: like other minerals, Boron is dosed per day. Dilution is irrelevant. The dose is total milligrams per day. It can be taken all at once and conveniently as dry powder. Borax is not like Potassium salts that can cause local stomach wall erosions due to high local concentration. There is no need to dissolve it in water or dilute it. As soon as it hits the stomach's hydrochloric acid it's all converted to fully-soluble Boric Acid. All of it. Absorption is 90%.

I purchased the 2kg box of 20 Mule Team Borax one week ago today. This is day seven of 300mg per day Borax taken in one dose of dry powder measured on an accurate $25 digital milligram scale. It yields 33mg/day elemental Boron.

The dry powder is slightly sweet with a hint of saltiness due to the Sodium content.

Borax is 50% less toxic than table salt (NaCl). Its LD50 - the dose which kills half of test animals - is 4,500mg/kg - 6,000mg/kg for rats. Table salt's LD50 in rats is 3,000mg/kg. Animals are much more sensitive to Boron toxicity than humans, particularly their reproductive organs.

My severe arthritic pain and cracking in the lower last few back discs is now gone. Neck joint cracking and pain are down 50%.

I have noticed an increase in cognitive rate and clarity. I have also noticed a daily increase in physical energy. I have also noticed a daily increase in erectile performance.

Finally, sleep quality has improved. Before beginning Borax supplementation sleep onset latency was 1-2h. Now it is twenty minutes. I now awake highly refreshed each morning and crave physical activity. I mean major exercise. And I am a horrible case of severe chronic fatigue, dysregulated hormones, etc.

Well, I was that - 7 days ago. Seems things are changing quickly now.

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Isochroma from Victoria.

In Re your demand that those who post on EC use the metric scale of measurement....

And that those who "can't afford the one time cost to buy a milligram scale of $20 to $25 on line should just call it quits."

Now Isochroma, I appreciate your desire for your own standards of precision. But most folks are just not as sophisticated as you and deal adequately well speaking in terms of " ... 3 cups of Borax...or... 2 Tablespoons of Borax" etc.

Somehow this common, "low class" method works for baking which usually is seen as requiring precision. It's just that most middle aged to older aged Americans have used such measurements all our lives and if they were sufficiently brow beaten into trying to figure out how much they used (3 cups translates into ... x number of milligrams?) and most of those non sophisticated readers would say... "72 how many cups? Can't this guy just give us amounts in measuring containers that we have in every kitchen in America?"

I'm sure all the wonderful people that take the time in self sacrificing energy and effort in sharing their experiences with people like you...who need help in some try to accommodate the problem of lack of precision to the degree you are mandating or "just call it quits"....we want to help. suggestion to you is to eat one slice of pound cake every is a well known calmer and might also be another benefit to your noted erectile dysfunction.

Replied by Meg
Kansas City, Mo
Dear Dave, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your wonderful sense of humor. I have had the best laugh..."a slice of pound cake every night..." I wonder how a certain person would feel about my way of making colloidal silver....I use two silver wires hooked over a glass of water and hold a single 9 volt battery on the top of the wires for a couple of minutes! Works for me! Thank you again...a little bit of mirth is needed on earth; we all need a good laugh now and then.