Where to Buy Borax in the UK

| Modified on Nov 23, 2022

2 User Reviews

Posted by Sharon (England) on 10/09/2022

Hi, I purchased sodium tetra-borate decahydrate in the uk, but have since found out that borax is apparently banned in the uk and only sodium sesquicarbonate can be sold. Can you let me know if the sodium tetra-borate decahydrate is the borax that I can ingest?
Many thanks

Replied by Art
1510 posts


Borax is known by several names.

This should answer your question :

https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-borax-where-to-get-608509#:~:text=Borax also is known as, borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate.

Here is a relevant quote from the article :

' Borax is a natural mineral with a chemical formula Na2B4O7 • 10H2O. Borax also is known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. It is one of the most important boron compounds. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) name for borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate. '


Replied by Tony
(London, UK)

Struggling to get borax in the UK.

Quick question for you if I may

Which type of Borax do you use?

Is it Borax Decahydrate @ 99.9%

Or Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate @ 99/9%

1510 posts


Those are two names for the same thing, Borax.

Here is a link to availability in the UK on ebay :


20 Mule Team Borax is what we use on this side of the pond because it is available very inexpensively in the laundry aisle of most markets across the country.


Mama to Many

Hi Tony,

You will see in this Earth Clinic article that Borax goes by different names. (Why? I don't know. It is certainly confusing! )

~Mama to Many~


Hi Tony,

I've been regularly supplementing Borax or Sodium Tetraborate or Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate on a daily basis as an anti-fungal, fluoride detox and as an arthritis preventative since about 2008 up till now. I'm 72 years old and there is nothing wrong with me.

"Which type of Borax do you use?"

I really wouldn't go there. Just keep it simple. As already stated above, I've used Borax, Sodium Tetraborate and Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate through the years. These are just synonyms for the same chemical as far as I'm concerned.

"Is it Borax Decahydrate @ 99.9%

Or Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate @ 99/9%"

Borax -- such as 10 Mule Team Borax -- is actually mined and has very few impurities. Similarly, technical grade Borax or USP grade Borax is certainly pure enough for human ingestion in my own experience.

I would simply advise just using the 10 Mule Team Borax(Unscented) if you can get it -- because it's certainly pure enough and it's also dirt cheap.

If you're having trouble locating Borax in UK then, if you have a credit card, you can perhaps try searching for Borax on ebay.com or amazon.com.

And there is nothing really stopping you from directly contacting an online chemical supplier in UK that is selling Borax from their website -- example for you here:


(Coventry, UK)

I have just found this site selling 'Borax':


Price is reasonable, with it being much much cheaper to buy in larger quantities. Found IPA Isopropyl Alcohol 99.9% on there too which I haven't seen many other places in the UK.

Posted by John (uk) on 10/25/2021
5 out of 5 stars

You Can Buy Borax On Ebay 20 Mule Team Borax

( ingredient Sodium Tetraborate A Natural Mineral )

Replied by Cazza

Hello just wondering if anyone can help, I am in the UK and have searched far and wide but cannot get 20 Mule. Can I use Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate? Thank you.

1510 posts
(somewhere, europe)

Cazza, in Europe, that IS Borax!

Posted by Andrew (UK) on 10/22/2021


I have some sodium tetraborate decahydrate 99.9% - is that the right compound to use as an arthritis treatment? It's off-brand with no accompanying info, except for "do no ingest" (sic) on the label, marketed as 'slime activator'. If not, I'd rather not poison myself, and I'm sure the kids will enjoy making slime...

Thanks in advance,

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 amazon.com?

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

Replied by Michael
(West Yorkshire)

Borax is available from Intralabs, but it must be for commercial use or they will not sell it apparently.

Replied by Julietta

Janet, could you say the name of the facebook group?

Replied by Janet


The group I spoke of has become inactive. Or disbanded.

There are a few, related to borax. I did a search, 2 English speaking groups popped up.


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

Hi there, you can get borax in the UK, just go onto ebay.co.uk and search on there! It will go by various names, the one I get is sodium tetraborate decahydrate, , , , It's cheap too!!

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: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/borax17.html#uk

Replied by Fearg
1 posts

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
(Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

@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

Replied by Casper
(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

Replied by Suzy

Intralabs says you can only purchase Borax you're trade or professional.

Replied by Sandra

You can buy it on Ebay UK

Posted by Cara (Birmingham, England)
5 out of 5 stars

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
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

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.