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Borax Dosages   3  0   

Posted by Mari (Yonkers, Ny, Usa) on 08/23/2010

My 8yr old daughter has early signs of puberty. Enlarged breasts, genital hair, underarm hair and slight underarm odor. My 3 yr old has grown 2 inches in 6months and has enlarged breast. I will get bone scan results during the week. In the meantime I read about Borax usage. I want to try for my entire family. What recommended dosage for kids and when to give. What other advice can you give? Please help.

Replied by T
Maryland, Usa
I would stop all dairy immediately unless you were getting it from a known organic and hormone-free source. Avoid plastics in contact with food -- this includes canned goods with BPA linings, bottled water, and microwaving in plastic. BPA and bovine growth hormones are strongly suspected in abnormally early puberty. As far as borax, I would not be giving it to a child. Some here will disagree. Remember that kidney damage is irreversible. Consider carefully what you choose to do.
Replied by Brobertson
Tomball, Tx, United Stated
I would also suggest that you avoid anything with soy. Soy is known to have estrogen-like chemicals. You search on the internet for soy and estrogen - lots of stuff out there.
Replied by W
B, Arkansas
I think I read that boric acid is what can cause kidney damage, not Borax, they are different.

Also, check all toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, etc) for -parabens (ethylparaben, anything that ends with paraben). They are cheap preservatives that act as estrogens. Find the items you need that DON'T have parabens, it can be difficult but they are out there.

Posted by Tenderfoot (Las Cruces, Nm, Usa) on 07/25/2010

Deirdre - I've been using the 1 liter water and 1/8 tsp borax remedy for candida and it's helping, but not a lot. As I am a very tall female and not a light weight I surmised that my dosage should be the same as a man's, 1/4 tsp borax, since I am large. Could you please get Ted to specify the correct dosages by weight instead of gender and post it? Also, how long should we stay on this regimen? Thanks.

EC: Hi Tenderfoot,

Great questions, thanks. Sent to Ted for response.

Posted by Nicholas (Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire) on 01/30/2010

Hi I have nothing against borax but just so you know what levels are harmful or have adverse effects I wanted to post this abstract from a study in the area. I would be keen to hear feedback, I unfortunatly can't access the study myself without paying to see it. So the limited information I have attained from this study is that you are safe to use borax as long as you can keep the levels at 175 ppm as (boron equivalent).

What sort of dose that is I do not know and would not like to go over it.

Now I have heard it is a great chemical for chelation of metals. Does it also chelate fluorides? This is really my main interest as fluorides are recommended to be kept below a certain level and evidence suggests I would be surpassing this. Not that I would no how to test this to be true.

One last comment the zeolite clinoptilite sounds brilliant for taking the heavy metals, I have done little research into it, all thoughts and responses welcome. Thank you

Here's the abstract:


In Sprague-Dawley rats the acute po LD50 values for borax were 4.5 g/kg and 4.98 g/kg in males and females. respectively; boric acid, 3.45 g/kg in males and 4.08 g/kg in females. In Long-Evans male rats the LD50 values for borax and boric acid were 6.08 g/kg and 3.16 g/kg, respectively. In 90 day feeding studies, rats tolerated both borax and boric acid at 525 ppm boron equivalent. Dogs displayed no adverse effect at 175 ppm of borax (as boron equivalent) and 525 ppm of boric acid (as boron equivalent). In rats, high boron levels at 1750 and 5250 ppm of both compounds caused growth suppression, decreased food utilization efficiency, degeneration of gonads and skin desquamation on the paws and tails. At the 1750 ppm level, both boron compounds produced testicular atrophy in all male dogs. Two year dietary feeding studies indicated that both borax and boric acid could be tolerated by rats and dogs at 350 ppm boron equivalent. Rats fed dietary boron compounds at 1170 ppm levels showed toxic signs which were found to be similar to those observed in subchronic studies. Testicular degeneration was also observed in rats and dogs fed 1170 ppm levels. Reproduction studies revealed that rats fed both borax and boric acid at 1170 ppm boron equivalent were sterile. Both compounds at 350 ppm boron equivalent had no adverse effect on fertility, lactation, litter size, weight and appearance.

EC: The above-referenced abstract is from ScienceDirect here.

Here is ppm conversion chart:

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
1165 Posts
If you compare the borax LD50 (median lethal dose) values to that of ordinary table salt, you will get some clarity as to the comparable toxicity of Borax. Here is the LD50 values for the oral toxicity of table salt in a rat study:

LD50 is 3000 mg/kg in rats.

Link to MSDS sheet for salt:

So when compared to the LD50 figures for borax (from the last post) this means that borax appears to be of a similar toxicity to rats as ordinary table salt. Anything above LD50 2000 mg/kgm is generally regarded as Low Toxicity.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
388 Posts
Borax was used to remove fluoride poisoning in a Rabbit study given toxic doses of fluoride. Boron is also a required mineral. The doses of boric acid (which is more toxic then borax) in the study quoted is estimated at doses of roughly 4.5 g to 4.90 grams/kg, would be equivalent of taking boric acid (which equivalent) in a typical 70 kg adult of 4.5x70 grams to 4.98 x 70 grams. The idea of fluoride removal using borax was based on a toxicity research on giving fluoride at toxic dose, rabbits fed on borax were protected from the fluoride poisoning. If there is difficulty in using fluoride or obtaining them, it's possible to eat tamarind which is also an good chelation agent of fluoride too, however, borax has a unique property in being less toxic then boric acid, and it's alkaline, but it's also a required mineral and normalizes hormone level. Different studies used higher LD50 on borax toxicity, but I used a much lower figures about 2 grams/kg, where the toxicity is equivalent to salt, which has a value roughly 2 grams/kg weight also. A chelation agent of mineral I can use humic acid, zeolite, or a mixture of humic acid and zeolite together also. However, humic acid interestingly enough lowers excitotoxicity (aspartate and glutamate) that's found high in ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and aspartame poisoning, found in many sugar free products, one interesting side effect is the desire to pee every 30 minutes or so throughout the day. It takes about 1-4 weeks to remove this extreme urinary urgency. Fluoride on the other hand has a suppressive effect, but both together cause (with aspartame) caused extreme sleeplessness and apathy at even low doses, found in fluoridation and fluoridated toothpaste. As to whether borax removes or chelate fluoride, the idea of chelation requires more chemical analysis at a molecular level, and i can't find a research study on that one. However, there is increase in fluoride excretion when borax for example, implying the removal of fluoride, and possibly chelation of fluoride. In which case the level of toxic reaction to fluoride is removed whenever fluoride is taken at toxic doses, and using the borax, for example, as the antidote. The idea of using borax is based on subacute doses of luoride poisoning, which is a common one given the excessive fluoride consumption, is based on this study:

Fluoride 1981; 14(1):21-29

Boron as antidote to fluoride: effect on bones and claws in subacute intoxication of rabbits

Elsair J, Merad R, Denine R, Azzouz M, Khelfat K, Hamrour M, Alamir B, Benali S, Reggabi M

Laboratories of Physiology, Toxicology and Galenic Pharmacy, Medical Institute, Algiers, Algeria

Summary: Rabbits were "subacutely" intoxicated by administration of 30 mg/kg/day of fluoride for 3 months followed by 15 mg/kg/day for a subsequent 3 months (F). Boron was given alone (B) as preventive and simultaneously with fluoride prophylactically (F + Bp), as well as therapeutically namely midway during the experimental period (F + Bpc) while fluoride was being administered and after it was discontinued (Bc compared with fluoirde interuption F*), at a constant F/B ratio. All groups were compared to normal controls.

Boron administered during fluoride intoxication or after its interruption, reduces fluoremia and increases urinary fluoride excretion. Skeletal fluoride levels are directly relatd to those of claws. They bear no relationship to fluoride in hair. The high fluoride content in bone in lot F decreases with addition of boron. It is still high in lot F* but returns to normal in loc Bc. Calcium content of bones remains normal in all lots. Posterior pad radiography shows a cortical thickness in lot F which is less pronounced in lots F + Bpc and F*, and returns to normal in lot Bc.

If a person were to take very high amounts of fluoride, then you need a combination of other remedies including tamarind, and grinded seeds of tamarind, which is also used to detox fluoride in the environment, especially the tamarind seed powder, or possibly tamarind seed extract. Unfortunately tamarind is a food and is not a required mineral as in boron, so it's considered a fruit, but can also be used to remove fluoride. Tamarind is a common candy in Thailand and is easily available here and is used in preparing various food delicacy here in Thailand also. It's not possible to prove the chelation of fluoride per se, but researchers assume they do, and from a practical point of view, as a consumer, it reduces fluoride toxicity and subacute doses, and that I find it just fine for most applications.

Replied by Robert
Martinez, Ca, Usa
Question to Ted re borax dosage which stated: 2gms/kg.

For example, a 180# person would take approx. 6ozs of borax per liter of water per day for how long? Is there a maint dose? Also tamarind is avail at most asian markets as a paste which is sour or I prefer the raw whole tamarind in their pods which is sweet. Thank you Ted

Replied by Kathleen
San Antonio, Texas
[WARNING!]   2 gms/kg is the TOXIC level, NOT the therapeutic level. If you check out the borax page, Ted recommends 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of water/day.
Replied by John1230
Delhi, India
Correct me if I am wrong:

1/8 tablespoon of borax in one litre. -- Is it consuming only 1 litre with borax or I can continue to drink this solution throughout the day.


Replied by Manga
Hyderabad, Ap/india
Hi John,

Any luck of getting borax in India?? Pls let me know if you had success.

Replied by Matt
London, Uk
you can safely have up to 14mg a day and it is cheapest bought generally from USA supplement stores from what I can see... Of course 14mg covers small adults, so really around 20mg is fair if you are large... up the dose if you need to... it's all good.
Replied by Karen
Rochester, Ny
Hi there,

I don't have the money to buy expensive fluoride filters or repeatedly buy gallons of distilled water from the store, but I'd still like to fluoride detox. I read on a different site that it is not recommended to put borax in plain tap water because it will just bind in the water and your body won't get the benefits. But if it binds in the water wouldn't that then make the water essentially fluoride free? Or does that only work in theory? If it DOES make water fluoride free couldn't I then use this new water to make the concentrate, or will the borax just continue to bind to the borax-fluoride particles?

If I do use tap water and it does bind to the fluoride before I drink it will I still get other health benefits but just not the detox effect?

Thank you for your time!


Borax For Children   0  0   

Posted by Lia (Gordon's Bay, Western Cape, South Africa) on 05/02/2013

Hi there. My Homeopath Doctor gave my 1 month old baby girl homeopathic Borax granules to help her digestive track system as it is underdeveloped. She suffers from a very bad case of reflux and when on medicine for it she struggles to pass stool. So our Homeopath put her on Borax. I have noticed once again her stool is very hard for her age and she does not go as often as ussual. She struggles to pass stool which auses great uncomfort and sometimes cying. Is this because of the Borax? What is Borax actually for? Regards from a very concerned mother - Lia

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
Hi Lea, Are you breast feeding, because if you are your baby will not experience any problems & you will not have any drs visits. At 1 month you should still be breastfeeding, your baby is going to make the drs very rich & you are probably giving him Isomil which is made from gm soja, look up on the neg effects of soja on the net.

Borax for Children   0  0   

Posted by Saudis (Gwent) on 03/08/2013

Borax for children: I am following Bill's (I am very grateful to him) protocol to help heal my son's leaky gut. We are on week three and although early days there have been some improvements. I have bought borax and started it myself and felt no adverse effects, if anything more energy and clarity of mind. I will be slowly introducing it to my son but wondered if anyone had experiences to share. I know there are boron tablets but I think with his gut and allergies he will probably react to the fillers etc. I really am interested in anyone who has used borax powder as recommended on this site. Thank you

Borax Instructions   1  0   

Posted by Seth (West Virginia) on 03/17/2014

Good day, I have a question regarding borax intake. I was thinking about putting my borax in a gelatin capsule to make intake easier. I normally mix my borax with water. If I were to change over to capsule intake would I still get all the benefits, or is a water mixture better?

Replied by Jens
[YEA]   I have been taking gelcaps of 20 mule team borax which is about 11% boron mixed 50% with magnesium citrate. The caps full are about 0.5 gram, or 0.25 g borax or about 0.0275 g which would be about 27.5 mg. I feel that when taken it helps with sleeping better waking up less stiff and less sore. If I don't take them a few days later I am reminded first thing in the AM.
Replied by Audra
Oregon, Us
I was also wanting to try this. Does anyone know if capsules will dissolve in the proper area or time for the Borax to be effective or is it much better to have it diluted and taken throughout the day for some reason?

Thanks to Ted and everyone for all the great info!

Posted by Alakhi (Mt) on 11/16/2013

I have a question regarding Borax. I do not like the taste. I was wondering if it would be effective to take borax in a capsule as an alternative? I grew up in a moldy envirnment and have had problems with pcos, acne, hirstism, energy, food allergies, candida, etc.

Replied by Prioris
You can put borax in a capsule or just keep diluting it in more water until it is palatable.

Posted by Sherry (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 09/19/2013

Hello: I would like to start with borax therapy. I purchased Borax from No Frills Store here in Toronto.

I have glaucoma, floaters in the left eye which has recently become blurrier and there is some vision loss, h pylori, GERD, sliding hiatal hernia, insomnia, etc. I am also petite, older woman weighing less than 100 lbs in weight.

I work and carry my brita filtered chlorinated free (keep water in open container for 12 hours) in Nalgene (made in USA) plastic container. I use this water to take Lugol with ACV, vitamins C, glycine, other vitamins, minerals and Diamateous Earth.

I intend to start the Borax regimen as per instructions on this site but will use less than 1/8 tsp because of my body weight and have the following questions:

  • Can I use my Nalgene container to carry the 1 litre borax water?
  • Can I use this water as any ordinary water, e.g., to take my lugol, vitamins, minerals, Diamateous Earth, Clay, etc.?
  • Can I boil this water and add turmeric, black pepper, salt, lime, etc. ? Will the borax in water react?

I do not know how the Earth Clinic works, how can I find my post and any responses?

Thank you very much for any suggestions. Sherry

Replied by Mike
Denver, Colorado
Sherry: Most of the time you can mix various substances together because they are natural. Every day I mix 12 substances, including borax, together in some water and sip on that every hour. To be absolutely sure you can take borax alone.
Replied by Doddie
Georgia, Usa
I would like to know why it is suggested to use distilled water to make borax drinking water because if used with other waters it turns to something else. So my question is.....if purified or tap water is used to make the tea or coffee is it counter productive to add a pinch of borax ? If coffee is made with tap or purified water can a pinch of borax be put in the water before pouring it in the coffee pot?
Replied by Jdb
South Carolina
The reason you would not want to use borax with purified/tap water is because Borax is responding as a chelate-meaning it is bonding with metals/minerals that are free. These waters contain them therefore the only thing you would be purifying/detoxing is your tea. It will have very little detoxing effects in the body because it has already bonded with various pollutants in the water. Distilled water is best because ions have been removed therefore allowing borax to exist in its natural composition and unbonded to any trace minerals or metals. This then will allow the borax to attract any toxic metals/minerals (& everything else it can) and escort it out of the body in waste once ingested.

Long story short, borax bonds with the pollutants in tap/purified water and you then no longer have borax but now some other compound. It is useless for detoxing. Pollutants removed in distilled water which allows for the introduction of pure borax into the body where it will be able to bind with toxic metals and such.

Hope this helps!!!

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
I used water from a berkey filter + fluoride filter and I did fine. Ted says it is important to take magnesium just to be on safe side because borax needs magnesium to work and it chelates some magnesium out of the body. This could be another reason why it could fail. Distilled water is ideal if you have it available since one minimizes interaction with the substance.

Posted by Daniel (Christchurch, Canterbury) on 10/12/2010

Can borax be safely mixed with h202 ?

Posted by Val (Wichita, Ks) on 02/08/2010

Do you need to use a special water for the borax remedy? distilled? spring? filtered? bottled? or can you use tap water? i am trying to detox from fluoride but i find it a very big inconvenience to have to buy water, also we are on a strict budget and i am unsure if we can afford it as the family drinks alot of water ...

i understand tap water contains fluoride and that kind of defeats the purpose of using borax but that is why i am asking what kind of water i need to use then . thank you so much

Borax Origin   0  0   

Posted by Filip (London, United Kingdom) on 03/07/2015

Dear Earth Clinic, What are the differences between the borax that is mined in the US and in Turkey? In the UK, we can only purchase Borax from Turkey, is this safe to ingest?

Replied by Aussieroz
I've been using the Borax from Turkey for over a year and I have not experienced any negative side effects.

Borax Pentahydrate Vs Borax Decahydrate   0  0   

Posted by Daniel (Christchurch, Canterbury) on 09/30/2010

Could anybody tell me if borax pentahydrate and borax decahydrate, both being only 5 molecules apart, are both safe to ingest using Ted's recipe?

Replied by Marianne
Hello daniel, I am also in NZ, want to know if you found out more info on pentahydrate borax as that is what I've bought from the binn inn. I want to use it for helping me cure my arthritis as well as fungal nails. Looking forward to your reply, many thanks
Replied by Eddy
Perth, Western Australia
The chemical difference is that the Borax Pentahydrate molecule has 5 water molecules attached, and the Borax Decahydrate molecule has 10 water molecules attached.

The practical difference is that the Borax Pentahydrate is around 15% Boron, whereas the Borax Decahydrate molecule is 'bigger' because of the extra water molecules and as a result the ratio of Boron content is less, at about 10% of the total weight.

They are identical substances except for the molecular water content and the resulting different proportions of the element Boron. Since the Pentahydrate is 'stronger' at 15% Boron, you should reduce the doses by around 1/3rd to get to the equivalent Decahydrate doses. That's all.

Borax Safety   0  0   

Posted by Mark (Exeter, United Kingdom) on 08/22/2015

Below is my email to intralabs and their reply stating the safety of borax, the only toxic effects apply to unborn babies whose mother ingests. The 'powers that be' have left that bit out to make us think toxicity applies to all of us, hence shops removing borax and replacing with borax substitute (which really is toxic!! ). Email intralabs yourselves for reassurance. They are very cheap too. Label warnings of dangers and toxicity are put on Borax by law.


From: mark speed Sent: 24 October 2014 06:26 To: Subject: Borax or Borax?

Hi, Im confused about 'Borax' mainly as my nan used to drink small amounts to rid herself from arthritus, also using it as shampoo then rinsing afterwards with citric acid, she fed her plants with it as every living organisms cells require borax! So I dont understand why yr Material Safety Data Sheet says it is toxic ingested and a skin irritant?

She is still alive & free from arthritus and swears by the stuff. When talking with a few oldies at my mums residential care home it became clear that a fair few in their generation used borax on skin and ingested with no problems, I think the borax product was called '20 mule' or similar.

Please could you tell me why yours is so toxic please?? Also...I always understood that borax and boric acid are the same substance apart from one of them has more water molecules than the other, any advice on this lol?

I want to purchase from you but not if you sell a toxic form as im removing all mainstream pollutant chemicals from my home, then just using borax, citris acid, soap flakes, soda crystals, bicarb of soda and white vinegar for everything from hardcore cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, pet and my shampoo, insecticide etc (the oldies convinced me there is no need for the squillions of products poisoning us everyday just so some fat cat corporate ****rs can rake in the profits at our expense).

Hope you can help me aquire the borax I talk of if you dont supply the safe version, all I can find is a substitute which my gran says is not borax either!!

Thanks in advance Mark


Sent: Friday, October 24,2014 at 4:27 PM From: "Intralabs - Dan" To: "'mark speed'" Subject: RE: Borax or Borax?


Borax was reclassified 4 years ago as Repro-toxic by the EU which means that it could damage fertilitiy or an unborn child if eaten.

Borax is not toxic to your general health (other than that just stated) and is actually less toxic than table salt.

This is the reason why your relative is quite well and not ill. 20 mule team borax is the same as the borax we sell, the only difference is that it's not classed as repro-toxic by US law but is by EU law.

20 mule team is a brand of borax, it's all the same.

Kind regards Dan

Intra-Laboratories, Unit 5, Devonshire Meadows, Broadley Park Road Plymouth, PL6 7EZ

Tel: 01752 724109,

Posted by Luke (Australia) on 09/14/2014

Hi, my brother has been drinking borax multipurpose cleaner and deodoriser for some time now, and after just finding out that this particular product is used for cleaning toilets etc etc, I'm a bit worried!

Does anyone know if this is ok, is it even safe to consume?

It clearly states on the bottle that it is not to be taken, but says he saw on the internet that it is safe!

I need answers PLEASE!


Borax Scent   0  0   

Posted by Mary (Boston, Ma, Usa) on 04/29/2013

Has anyone else here had problems with 20 Mule Team Borax lately? The recent boxes I purchased seemed to have a noticeable fragrance added. Was very irritating as I'm highly chemical and scent sensitive. I called the manufacturer and they told me that nothing's been changed or added; I'm unconvinced. I've used Borax for years and never experienced this until just recently. Am hopeful my experience was a fluke but am looking at other sources for Borax.

Some previous posters here had noted a scent so was wondering if anyone else here might have noticed it as well. Many at Earth Clinic use it for medicinal reasons and they'd notice a change.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Mary: The most likely explanation is that the 20 Mule Teem is shipped in the same container as other detergent products that do contain chemical scents (and many have very high levels). The 20 Mule Teem manufacturer would need alerted that the scent is leaking into the cardboard box containers. The boxed Borax is certainly permeable.

I have noticed this same type incidence with other products that are located near scented laundry products on the store shelves.

Try pouring the Borax in a wide container and let set out in a mild sun and not too damp weather.

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Mary - I just checked my container of borax and there is no smell BUT I've had the box for awhile so perhaps the new stock carries a fragrance. Also, I'm in Canada so maybe there are different formulas for export to various countries.

Does borax absorb odours like baking soda does? The smell in the detergent aisle of the supermarket is so overpowering, I'm wondering if it's absorbing odours from the other products. It's too bad so many people feel the need for toxic fragrance in just about everything.

Have you tried the health food store in the laundry section? If they don't have it in stock, they may be able to order it for you (as long as it isn't a "repackaged" 20 Mule Team product). Good luck! Bess

Replied by Evi
La Center,wa
I just bought 20 mule borax at walmart.. no scents at all...
Replied by Rebel
Somewhere, Usa
I have seen a lot of posst on here about BORAX now being scented in many markets. I also read, where some guy that was promoting borax as an arthritis cure, said to stock up on it, as soon it would be removed from shelves.... Sorry for not having that source to list, I read so much it is impossible for me to add everything to my favorites and list.

Just my opinion, maybe the company that makes the borax is coming under fire from some outside source and is being encouraged to add fragrance to the product now. I have been able to still get 100% all natural 20 mule team at my area grocery stores, but any day that could end. I don't think they would quit making the stuff or selling it, but adding fragrance may be a way to discourage internal use.

I want to buy several boxes to put up, but not sure how or where to store it long term. We have to continue to think ahead of them, because no sick people equals no money for them. So I would strongly encourage people that have access to the 100% all natural to stock up on it as soon as possible.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Hi, Rebel from somewhere, US ---- you are quite right. And this is going to happen to a number of supplements. It is already happening.

I have ordered and received a large order of ESSIAC after I was told that one company had published some testimonies about its effectiveness and cures. They were pulled into court and told they cannot provide testimonies. Like "you cannot do this". They also lost their business.

Lugol's Iodine has been removed from the Canadian market and US companies cannot sell to Canada. Best thing to go online and let Tony Pantalleresco teach to make it yourself on YT.This is blatant disservice to the people of the entire country.

It is best to take the cue from there.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Rebel,

Borax should be stored in a cool dry place. Moisture makes it clump. But you can just crush it back up with a hammer. It should be able to be stored indefinitely. It was sitting in a borax mine for a long time before it was put in a box, though processed before boxing.

I found this website:

Interestingly, it mentions that borax used to be used to aid digestion, keep milk sweet, and cure epilepsy. It pooh poohs on this now, because of "modern technology and common sense." But we know that the old timers knew more than they often get credit for!

Thanks for the heads up on stocking up--and Om, for your information about natural items being banned for sale. My chiropractor says the same thing.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Another thought on storing does seem to absorb odours, thus the common concern that it has is on the shelf with strongly scented laundry products and absorbs their odours.

For long term storage, I think glass jars, of light, would be ideal. Even food grade freezer weight storage bags will have an odour transfer, so I don't think they would be the best, though they may be better than the box the borax comes in.

Just a few thoughts....

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Meant to say,

"For long term storage, I think glass jars *out* of light, would be ideal. (In other words, in a cool dark place.)


Replied by Mary
Boston, MA
Wanted to come back to the thread I started to update: I am back with borax again :)

Had a recent skin rash that resisted all treatments, in desperation I remembered the box of Borax I'd stashed in the garage last year after opening it and finding it scented. Poured some out and scent! The time spent stored in the cool garage had removed the odor, which was obviously from other scented products that had been stored/shipped with my Borax box.

The cardboard packaging is obviously very porous and Borax itself highly absorbent. And I'm guessing it wouldn't be cost-efficient (nor environmentally sound) to package it in plastic....going forward I'll be purchasing well in advance of running out, pouring it into an open container and leaving it for several weeks in my garage or shed to air out. I'd advise others who have had the same problem to do this as well.

re: my rash: two days of bathing in Borax and my swelling and itching have subsided, after two weeks of agony. Am so happy to be using this amazing product again. Hope this experience is helpful to others.

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