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Effective Ways to Take Borax: Dosage, Usage Tips, and More

| Modified on May 29, 2024
Borax powder for internal and external use.

Borax, a multi-functional mineral compound, offers a range of health benefits both for internal and external use. When incorporated into a daily health regimen, Borax is an effective solution for managing conditions such as arthritis and various fungal infections and supplying vital trace minerals like boron to the body.

Additionally, the external applications of Borax are equally impressive. It's widely recognized for its ability to combat parasites and mange in dogs, making it a go-to remedy for pet owners. Moreover, Borax is an excellent natural alternative to shampoo, particularly beneficial for those suffering from scalp infections, mite infestations, or scabies.

To learn more about how to prepare and utilize Borax for its versatile health benefits, we invite viewers to explore our comprehensive YouTube tutorial. This popular video guide provides step-by-step instructions on crafting effective Borax solutions tailored for a variety of health and wellness applications.

Optimal Dosage for Internal Health Benefits with Borax

Integrating Borax into your health routine for its internal benefits is straightforward, but following the correct dosage guidelines for safety and effectiveness is crucial.

For men looking to harness the health advantages of Borax, the recommended dosage is 1/4 teaspoon (approximately 940 - 1,000 mg) dissolved in one liter of water. This Borax-infused water should be consumed gradually over the day. Women should adjust the dosage slightly, with a recommended amount of 1/8 teaspoon (around 470 - 500 mg) of Borax dissolved in a liter of water to be sipped throughout the day.

Important Note: Borax powder is about 11.3% boron, meaning a ¼ teaspoon contains approximately 113 mg of boron. Ted from Earth Clinic recommends a daily dose of ¼ teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water for men and 1/8 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter for women. This equates to men consuming about 113 mg of boron daily while women consume around 56 mg daily.

To optimize the benefits while ensuring safety, both men and women are advised to follow a cyclical intake schedule: consume the Borax solution for five consecutive days, followed by a two-day break. For instance, you could take Borax water from Monday to Friday, then pause on the weekend.

These dosage recommendations are based on the guidelines from Earth Clinic's expert, Ted, who first started recommending the protocol in 2004. Adhering to these instructions helps maintain a safe and beneficial intake of Borax for internal health purposes.

Diverse Approaches to Consuming Borax for Health Benefits

Exploring alternative methods for incorporating Borax into your daily health regimen can offer flexibility and convenience. Beyond the standard practice of dissolving it in water, there are other effective ways to include Borax in your routine:

  1. Adding Borax to Beverages and Meals: Some individuals prefer to integrate Borax into their diet by adding it to their morning coffee or sprinkling it onto their meals, similar to using table salt. It's essential to precisely measure your daily intake (1/4 teaspoon for men, 1/8 teaspoon for women) to maintain the correct dosage and avoid excess consumption.
  2. Adjusting Dosage for Tolerance: While Borax is comparable in toxicity to table salt, it's important to tailor the dosage to your body's tolerance. Some may experience stomach discomfort or diarrhea with the standard dose. In such cases, reducing the dose by half can be beneficial. Alternatively, you might find the diluted version recommended by health expert Walter Last more suitable.
  3. Walter Last's Diluted Borax Solution: Walter Last suggests a milder approach by dissolving one teaspoon of Borax in 1 liter of water. From this solution, taking one or two teaspoons daily can be an effective yet gentler method of consuming Borax.

These varied methods allow you to personalize your Borax intake according to your preferences and body's response, ensuring you reap its health benefits.

Maximizing Skin Health: External Applications of Borax

Borax proves to be an invaluable asset for various skin conditions, especially those of a fungal nature. Its versatility in external applications can be seen in the following ways:

  1. Borax in Bath Treatments: Adding 1 to 4 tablespoons of Borax to your tub bath or foot bath can be highly effective for relief from skin ailments. This method is particularly beneficial for fungal skin conditions, providing soothing and healing properties.
  2. Ted's Famous Mange Cure for Animals: Borax also plays a crucial role in treating mange in animals. As a key component in Ted's Famous Mange Cure, it is combined with 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. The resultant solution is applied to the affected areas or the entire animal several times daily and allowed to dry naturally. For detailed preparation guidelines, refer to our dedicated page on this treatment.
  3. Natural Shampoo Alternative: For individuals with an itchy or infected scalp, Borax is an excellent natural shampoo substitute. To use, dissolve one tablespoon of Borax in 1 or 2 cups of warm water and use the solution to rinse your hair thoroughly, from scalp to ends. While this method is generally beneficial, it may lead to dryness for some. In such cases, applying a small amount of coconut oil can provide the necessary moisturization.

Incorporating Borax in these external applications promotes skin and scalp health and offers a natural and effective alternative to conventional treatments.

Understanding the Timeline for Borax's Effectiveness in Health and Skin Care

Patience and persistence are key when incorporating Borax into your health and skincare regimen. Here's what you need to know about the expected timeline and varying responses to Borax treatments:

  1. Timeframe for Noticeable Results: Whether using Borax internally or externally, it's crucial to understand that results may not be immediate. It's advisable to allow a reasonable period, typically a few weeks, to gauge its effectiveness for your specific health or skin condition.
  2. Consideration for Dosage Adjustment: If you do not observe improvements in your symptoms within the first couple of weeks, a gradual increase in dosage might be an option. However, such adjustments should only be undertaken after consulting with a healthcare professional to ensure safety and suitability.
  3. Individual Variability in Responses: The impact of Borax varies from one individual to another due to differences in body chemistry and health conditions. Some may experience quick relief, while for others, it might take longer to see significant changes.
  4. Importance of Consistent Use and Professional Advice: Maintaining consistency in its use is vital for those using Borax for health issues or skin problems. However, if there are concerns regarding its effectiveness or safety, it is imperative to seek guidance from a healthcare provider.

Where to Buy Borax

For those looking to purchase borax, 20 Mule Team Borax is a famous brand and can be found easily in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores in the USA. Alternatively, you can purchase 20 Mule Team Borax online through Amazon.

For additional guidance and practical advice on the most effective ways to use Borax, don't miss the wealth of tips shared by the Earth Clinic community. Continue reading below to uncover user-tested strategies and personal experiences that can help you optimize your use of Borax for health and wellness.

Related Links:

Borax Topical Application for Rapid Pain Relief and Help for Arthritis
Borax: Unlocking the Health Benefits of a Natural Compound
Ted's Borax & Peroxide Mange Treatment for Dogs

6 User Reviews

Posted by Dove (Pampatar, Venezuela) on 05/21/2018

Can always count on Earth Clinic for the best info. Is there any reason I can't take the borax in herbal tea sweetened with honey and xylitol instead of water?

Replied by Bob

I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask this. Why is it necessary to dissolve borax before taking internally? Why not place it on your tongue and chase it down with a liquid? Thank you.


It is too caustic (pH is too high), could burn your tongue or intestines if dissolved or swallowed straight. It needs to be diluted to be safe for consumption. I would do as they suggest, 1 teaspoon in a liter of water and only start with a teaspoon of that mixture a day. That will start you off with about 2.35mg of boron per day. Give it a few weeks to see if it is working, before increasing the dose. The smaller the dose to get the results you need, the better off you are. Then you don't have to worry about side effects as much.

Replied by Janet


I believe that is is a remedy to be assimilated. It also detoxes. Its effects are very profound.

Detoxing anything can make one feel ill. Off. Slow steady detox, prevents herxemier/herxing.

When we started Ted's Borax remedy at 1/4 tsp in a gallon of water, used in the general kitchen things, washing veggies, cooking pasta, rinsing dishes. Amongst the 5 of us. The first 24 hours changed everything.

My daughter's 5 year struggle with PCOS stopped that night. My husband's joint pain, blood clot pain, my own struggle with my onset of Alzheimer's or dementia began to melt away. Our girl's skin started to clear from angry red, irritated. The list is long. Just the first day.

The fluoride from our medications and water, began to be eliminated. It is so powerful.

Regaining hormonal balance in the body, improves digestion, pain, some disfigurement (dowagers) (psoriasis).

It should be a slow and steady detox, healing.


Debbie G.

Could someone tell me if borax thins the blood? Thanks in advance I am on a blood thinner that I hate and it seems everything thins the blood. I get awful nose bleeds if I take the wrong supplement.


Hallo Debbie Borax ist keine Blutverdünner, aber im körper mit anderen substanzen in verbindung kommen die Blut verdünnen können . Viele natürliche Planzen, Gemüse und Tee Blut verdünnende eigenschaften besitzsen darum wird es schwerig Blutvernünner dosen richtig einzustellen...!

Google Translation

Hello Debbie Borax is not a blood thinner, but it does come into contact with other substances in the body that can thin the blood. Many natural plants, vegetables and tea have blood thinning properties, which is why it becomes difficult to adjust blood thinner doses correctly...!

Replied by Chris

With all due respect, PCOS is a complex clinical syndrome that can't be cured in 24 hours. Dementia and blood clots can't either. Yes, borax is quite a curative but let's not exaggerate for effect. People come to EC for real experiential feedback and this type of thing isn't helpful.



You can not believe as you wish. I saw it.

Your comment suggests two things. I am being untruthful or I should disguise the results to fit a general parameter.

That is exactly what happened. Fluoride is that profoundly poisoning us. Removal of it is critical for human health. As evidenced by our experience.

It was not intended. She went from unable to function. With her cascade of issues. To finishing school. Working, moved out and is living a normal life. Something we had no hope for.

Years of medical treatment, studies tests, medications. At 19 she could live. At 14 little hope. From, Narcolepsy, PCOS. To No medications, none.

Removal of poisons, that is the real fight of today. Fluoride interferes with every morsel of human health. Glandular function, digestion, bone and connective tissue health, teeth, oral health, hormone levels.

Removal of fluoride, is release from a prison of medical intervention.

If you find that astounding. Two weeks into the fluoride removal will certainly be an eye opener.

She had Narcolepsy, severe acne, psoriasis, dowagers hump. She fell asleep in her swim lane at practice. She had more symptoms than health. She could fill a book.

All our teeth whitened, all on their own. Years of six month appointments at the dentist, unneeded. All the spots from so called tetracycline, gone in one child. She has had since they came in.

Removal of fluoride, alkalinity drinks. My husband was back to work. This because of a blood clot, 2 blown discs, stenosis, gout, arthritis. Unable to do anything. Off vicodin, blood thinners, normalized blood pressure, gout. No medication at all now.

My Alzheimer's/ dementia. Diagnosed a brain tumor, to holes in the brain. Gone. Off antidepressants that were given for pain, Tramadol, hormonal meds. Menopause, vanished, the type that makes you bleed and bleed, deadened emotions, bone pain. Osteoarthritis. Dowagers. Balding.

Our oldest, started with an ulcer when she was born, unending horrible problems, Meniere's, POTS, CFS/MCS. Food allergies that prevented her from going in places that had any tomatoes cooking. Chronically enlarged spleen, all kinds of hormonal issues, body and face acne. Totally disabled. She is also now working and moved out.

There is more, way more.

I believe the accepted numbers of adverse reactions from fluoride when they okayed it for human consumption was 30%. They knew 30% of the population would have serious problems with it. That is not acceptable in any scale I have ever seen for other products. It is industrial waste. Nothing but poison.


(Nampa, Id)


Thank you for sharing you and your family's experiences with borax.

Could you please share the specifics of how you took it? Dosage and frequency? And for what duration?

Wishing you the best!


She said it BEGAN to be cured.



It was not Ted's recommendation at the start, that I used.

I did not know much, was still learning. I knew water was increasingly becoming more poisonous from the faucet. The 2 days following our water treatments in town, the smell of chlorine from the water was getting stronger.

I purchased a faucet filter thinking I had solved it. The family going for 6 month cleaning at the dentist. Fluoride this, fluoride that. My husband was getting yellowish teeth. The kids, 1 had lifetime tetracycline stains. The youngest's front teeth came in brown. My teeth looked brownish. We were doing all the things, to no avail. It made no sense.

As I was learning about alkalinity Ted brought up fluoride poisoning. So I thought I would add a little borax to water to see if it would help the color problem. I took a glass gallon jug, filled it with filtered tap water added 1/4 tsp if borax. This was the water I used in the kitchen. Had the kids use. I was not functional at the time. Just for making food. Washing vegetables.

By that night, before bed, my PCOS daughter got her first period in 5 years. I cannot express the miracle this was. Monday morning she was going in to start birth control as Metformin was not enough, according to the Dr. That weekend, as I have said many times here, began the healing.

The point of the story is, I did it wrong. I was looking to add a pinch of something. For one benefit. By the following week, we had all begun to use Ted's recommendation, 1/8 tsp for women, 1/4 tsp for men, in 1 liter of water. 4 days out of 7.

We have now switched to a Berkey water filter. Interestingly we did not keep up with the borax at first. Realizing we still needed to after a short time. Fluoride or fluoridated water is in everything you buy. So back to Ted's remedy.


(Nampa, Id)

Thank you, Janet! I am glad you've shared such detailed info. Blessings!

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Hi Chris :) Complexity is a useful screen for manipulation especially for "treatments". PCOS isn't so complex. Here it is from Hopkins Medicine. "Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of ((((androgens, male sex hormones)))) that are usually present in women in small amounts. The name polycystic ovary syndrome describes the numerous small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that form in the ovaries. However, some women with this disorder do not have cysts, while some women without the disorder do develop cysts."

So .. . an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones that are usually present in women in small amounts. There are lots of hormones in foods so that could have been a contributing factor? Everyone has different terrain and tolerances. It could be her daughter is super sensitive to hormone imbalances?

Boron also regulates sex hormones. So it is possible for it to correct it quickly, perhaps especially someone who may be overly sensitive to androgenic hormone changes. If she could react to such changes in a bad way, the reaction would be the same in a good way the same day change is implemented. Someone in comments here mentioned they began taking the borax mixture after not having their period due to menopause and experienced " a period from hell" :D

Could be Boron deficiency was a piece of her health puzzle. Considering ... the fertilizers being used actually prevent the plants we eat from absorbing boron at the roots. An apple a day was great because they contained boron and the gut bacteria thrive on the apple skins. Is this still true today? It is very possible modern practices create deficiencies of vital nutrients which causes suffering for many.

I know a few women who suffered with heavy cramping, bleeding & pain every cycle. The would have to take time off work because of it. Two tablespoons a week of blackstrap molasses eliminates all of those horrible effects. Deficiency in minerals? Simple. No more prescription pain killers and days off work suffering.

I had body pain working in physical jobs. I took organic sulfur and the pain I carried around was gone overnight. Pain I carried for a few years which was gradually increasing. Deficiency.

Boron may provide potential benefits for people, including:

  • reproduction and development
  • metabolizing calcium
  • bone formation
  • brain function
  • metabolizing insulin and sources of energy
  • immunity
  • steroid hormone function, including vitamin D and estrogen

Boron may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and help regulate systems within the body.

Fluoride causes insulin resistance ( a serious chain reaction imbalance in the body) which is a root cause for all imbalances which are illness pathways when not addressed, even heart disease. Fluoride directly affects the endocrine system. PCOS is an endocrine affliction. All pieces of the puzzle.

On a side note, impact of fluoride & insulin resistance: There is a low ball estimate on what percent of western civilization is insulin resistant. Western diet is heavy on sugar & carbs. Many people have developed it and don't know and are not treated for it and eventually full blown diabetes. Diabetics most often die from CVD; my diabetic dad did. CVD is the leading cause of death in the world; diabetic diagnosed or not. It is absolutely not healthy saturated fat. We become insulin resistant drinking fluoridated water and from too much fructose & carbs which is in all the foods & beverages manufactured. Especially "snack well" type foods marketed as weight loss, diabetic/ heart healthy "fat free".

From Pub Med Central:
"Polycystic ovaries, chronic anovulation, and (((hyperandrogenism)))) are the distinctive characteristics of PCOS and with the existence of (((((insulin resistance))))), hyperinsulinemia, hypertension, abdominal obesity, and dyslipidemia are responsible for long-term serious outcomes such as endometrial hyperplasia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and coronary artery disease (4).

I'm so happy to read her daughter experienced immediate results. Wonderful! :)

(England. Lymington.)

Wow Janet. I've just read your reply. It's given me some hope. I've had 'fibromyalgia' for over 30 years. Tried to cure it myself with an A4 page size of expensive treatments. Dr's have been totally useless abusive and damaging. I feel like I'm being eaten alive by pain. Tramadol levothyroxine pregabolin and steroids!!! But all have stopped working well. Although if I try to stop I just don't want to be here any more. I was gonna give borax a go anyway, but your answer has given me more hope. Wishing you the best.

Ps I'm not technically minded so may not find you here again but. Thanks. I'm gonna try it.

(Cleveland, TN)

Hello, I first heard about taking borax from my older brother. I have type 2 diabetes, digestion issues, anxiety and depression and acid reflux and high cholesterol and sinus tachycardia and abnormal kidney function. (yes I have quite a few health issues) I take meds for all these issues except the kidney function as I just learned that my kidney function is abnormal and I'm being referred to kidney specialist. My brother suggested taking a pinch of Borax and adding it to a bottle (16.9 Fl Oz) of purified or distilled water.. can you tell me if a pinch would work? And does the borax need to dissolve in the water before drinking? Any info would help, thank you! God bless🙏🏼

Replied by Samantha

Hi Janet,

May I ask please from where exactly did you buy the borax you used? There are many borax products on the market, they are not all the same. The one you took is obviously working extremely well. If you would be kind enough to post the link to the borax product you used that would help the community hugely. Are you still taking it? 1/4 tsp. in a gallon of tap water sounds a tiny amount and it still worked... Interesting. Thank you

EC: Most likely she uses Twenty Mule Team Borax, found in the laundry aisle, like most people who do the borax protocol.

Replied by Randall

Is it possible to mix in some kind of flavoring agent because the taste is making me nauseous?

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I used to take my borax mixed in Gatorade and could not taste it, but I stopped that because it seemed like a lot of sugar. I found if I just added some Gatorade to my borax and water mix, that was enough to hide any borax flavor and then it was not too much sugar.

Btw, how long have you been taking borax and have you noticed any benefit yet? I noticed benefit in less than a month, but I always suggest giving it two months for a fair trial.


(Bristol, VA)

Then dilute it, it doesn't taste that strong I am a woman elderly and I take a 1/4 tsp in distilled water daily, and off on weekends. Mamm it's the smell not the taste, unless you're using more than what is recommended. Do you know what a 1/8 th tsp is? Just wondering, just decrease the amount.

How to Take Borax
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 391 posts

In 2002, Ted introduced the borax remedy on Earth Clinic. Since his original post below, thousands have tried this remedy, using it to address arthritis and many other conditions.

Consider taking borax. Some people believed the demodex mites are responsible for rosacea. They may be right. But, there are others too that are not yet identified. I prefer to lump all these insect issues to just one category: nanoinsects. These insects have several weakness that you can kill them, or at least weaken them. One obvious ones is borax. The treatment can be broken down to two things;

1. Taken internally: Try 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of water/day. You just drink this water throughout the day. If it runs out then drink just normal water, with some magnesium added if possible. Magnesium is found in certain seeds such as sunflower. They seem to be synergistic with the vitamin D as vitamin D promotes calcium and the body needs to balance both magnesium and calcium to an ideal amount.

2. Used externally: Dog mange is confirmed demodex mites and the only treatment that effectively cured of dog mange is 1% hydrogen peroxide and borax saturated solution applied topically. Many people believe the demodex mites is the cause of rosacea. What I am sure about is it is an insect issue. The method of killing them is external application of 1% hydrogen peroxide with borax saturated solution to the face, unrinsed. It tends to cause drying. So you can apply appropriate lotions to prevent drying, such as jojoba oil, aloe vera or lavender oil.

Replied by Sasha
(Slovenia / Europe)

Hi Ted,

I have a question about using Borax internally. I have borax powder (INCI: Sodium Borate). Somewhere I read 1/8 teaspoon tobe put in 1 liter of water and taken 1 or 2 teaspoons in a day; and here you suggest to drink whole 1 liter of this borax-solution. I got this "covid" problem (parasites) and I feel very very tired. So, if I understand right is OK to dissolve a pinch of borax in a glass of water and drink it? For how long, because usually a detox like this is recommanded for 3 weeks with 1 week pause. What is the right thing to do here, not to overdose it? Thank you very much for info. Regards, Sasha

Replied by Roxie


if you read throughout, I think you'll find 1/8 t. Borax For women and 1/4 t. For men, mixed in a 1 liter bottle and drink throughout the day. When it's gone, drink only water. It mixes in hot water to dissolve.

Also, 4-5 days in and 2-3 days off.


The dose gives 113 mg of boron. I read in literature that max daily dose is 20 mg. So is 113 mg, aka 1/4 teaspoon too much?

(South Africa)

I think the "upper" limits found in some studies are done to mislead the public. I've seen a study on rats where they dosed 3mg/kg (per day). That's an equivalent of 240mg per day for a 80kg human and another study on pigs where it was 15mg/kg per day so 1200mg (1.2g) per day of Boron (so ~9x more Borax for eg.). I think a 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of Borax (roughly 100-200mg Boron) is fine if not on the low side for acute symptoms. Apparently 'back in the day' an apple could contain 20mg Boron so that's another perspective.

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I have taken the 1/4 teaspoon dose each day for 4 days per week for well over a decade and it has worked very effectively to keep my arthritis in remission. Look up the toxicity of Borax and then look up the toxicity of table salt and that will give you a better idea of the safety profile of Borax.



Is the 1/4 tsp supposed to be heaped or level?

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Hi Andy,

I have always used a level full 1/4 measuring teaspoon of borax to excellent effect.