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(Sodium Borate)

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  • Borax Mineral


    Borax is also known as Sodium Borate, Sodium Tetraborate, or Disodium Tetraborate.

    Borax is an important Boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of Boric Acid. Powdered Borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.

    The term Borax is used for a number of closely related minerals or chemical compounds that differ in their crystal water content, but usually refers to the decahydrate. Commercially sold Borax is partially dehydrated. The word Borax is from Arabic buraq, meaning "white", whic is from middle Persian bwrk, which might have meant potassium nitrate or another fluxing agent, now known as Burah. Another name for Borax is Tincal, from Sanskrit.

    Borax was first discovered in dry lake beds in Tibet and was imported via the Silk Road to Arabia. Borax first came into common use in the late 19th century when Francis Marion Smith's Pacific Coast Borax Company began to market and popularize a large variety of applications under the 20 Mule Team Borax trademark, named for the method by which Borax was originally hauled out of the California and Nevada deserts in large enough quantities to make it cheap and commonly available.

    Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate  Molecule


    The term Borax is often used for a number of closely related minerals or chemical compounds that differ inj their crystal water content.
    • Anhydrous Borax (Na2B4O7)
    • Borax Pentahydrate (Na2B4O7•5H2O)
    • Borax Decahydrate (Na2B4O7•10H2O)

    Borax Anion Molecule Structure [B<sub>4</sub>O<sub>5</sub>(OH)<sub>4</sub>]<sup>2-</sup>

    Borax is generally described as Na2B4O7•10H2O. However, it is better formulated as Na2[B4O5(OH)4]•8H2O, since borax contains the [B4O5(OH)4]2- ion. In this structure, there are two four-coordinate Boron atoms (two BO3tetrahyra), and tow three coordinate Boron atoms (two BO3 triangles). Boras is also easily converted to Boric Acid and other Borates, which have many applications. Its reactiono with hydrochloric acid to form Boric Acid is: Na2B4O7•10H2O + 2 HCl → 4 H3BO3 + 2 NaCl + 5 H2O

    The decahydrate is sufficiently stable to find use as a primary standard for acid base titrimetry. When Borax is added to a flame, it produces a yellow green color. Borax is not used for this purpose in fireworks due to the overwhelming yellow color of sodium. Boric acid is used to color methanol flames a transparent green.


    Borax occurs naturally in evaporite deposits produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. The most commercially important deposits are found in Turkey; Boron, California; and Searles Lake, California. Also, Borax has been found at many other locations in the Southwestern United States, the Atacama desert in Chile, newly discovered deposits in Bolivia, and in Tibet and Romania. Borax can also be produced synthetically from other boron compounds. Naturally occurring Borax, (known by the trade name Rasorite - 46 in the United States and many other countries) is refined by a process of recrystallization.



    Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It is also used to make buffer solutions in biochemistry, as a fire retardant, as an anti-fungal compound for fiberglass, as a flux in metallurgy, neutron-capture shields for radioactive sources, a texturing agent in cooking, and as a precursor for other boron compounds. Homeopathic Borax preparations are diluted extracts given in the form of pellets. These are used orally to treat canker sores. Homeopathic preparations are the only Borax preparations to be used internally and are safe to use.

    In artisanal gold mining, the Borax method is sometimes used as a substitute for toxic mercury in the gold extraction process. Borax was reportedly used by gold miners in parts of the Philippines in the 1900s.


    Borax, prepared as a homeopathic supplement is available for treating various ailments.

    (Lectures On Homeopathic Materia Medica, By James T Tyler Kent, A.M, M.D

    Borax is one of those domestic remedies that has been long used for local conditions as a soothing substance and for a healing purpose. The aphthous condition and worse from downward motion; the oversensitiveness to noise, easily startled, anxious feeding, etc., are the most striking and characterizing features. Some Borax indications are given below:

    Sore Mouth: The sore mouth, such as mothers have and such as infants have, can be cured with Borax. In "nursing sore mouth" of mother or child, Borax has been used in the form of Borax and honey, as a wash. Borax will rapidly heal up a sore mouth. It cures where the genitalia and anus are covered with these aphthous (a small, shallow, painful ulcerations) appearances.

    Mind: Anxiety, fidgetiness, and sensitiveness are prominent in Borax. He is anxious about trifles. He starts at every noise, on hearing unexpected news, from music, from excitement. This anxiety or nervousness, this indescribable feeling that is within him, is aggravated from upward or downward motion, or rocking. Such a motion as going up in one-of our elevators nearly drives him to distraction, but he is made worse going down. All complaints are aggravated from downward motion, a sensation of falling. In all cases of sore mouth in children, when the child is worse from downward motion, Borax is the remedy.

    Diarrhea will be cured when the anxiousness from the sensation of falling is present. Aphthae (small ulcers), rheumatism, menstrual troubles and numerous other complaints will disappear upon the administration of Borax, when this key is present. It has hysterical manifestations. The motion of the brain, the upward and downward motion, as in swinging, rocking, etc., makes the patient lose himself, he hardly knows where he is; confusion and vertigo come over him. If one rocks the child, it has an anxious expression of face.

    Eyes: There are many eye symptoms. Granulation and thickening of the mucous membrane of the lid; contractions and scars and drawing inward.

    Nose: Like all the salts of Sodium the nose suffers from chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane, a catarrhal state, with copious discharge, and crusts in the nose; stoppage of the nose. The whole Natrum family has these dry crusts in the nose, and copious discharges from the nose. Natrum mur. predominantly produces white discharge, and so does Borax; Natr. sulph. produces yellow discharge, and so does Borax; Natr. sulph. produces yellow discharge from the nose, even yellowish-green. Borax is laid down as producing greenish discharge; its characteristic discharge, which is a general of the remedy, is a white discharge.

    Face: The face of the infant is pale, and clay-colored. Children have small vesicles around the mouth, and on the forehead.

    Stomach: This leads one to expect that this aphthous state has traveled down the esophagus into the stomach. There are many stomach symptoms present that are likely to be the result of some such condition. The Borax patient with stomach aphthae will gag and retch and cough, and that is what is called a "stomach cough." A stomach cough with pain extending into the region of the spleen.

    Anus & Stools: Children often get summer complaints when they need Borax. All around about the anus you will see the aphthous appearances. Great slimy stools are passed day and night; the child keeps up a pitiful crying; the mouth is aphthous, child is emaciating, and holds its head back. The stools are frequent, soft, light yellow and slimy. Quantities of fluid like boiled starch are emitted from the anus; Borax has that as well as Argentum nitricum. There are also conditions of the rectum producing thickening of the mucous membrane, with stricture, growing, smaller and smaller until finally a long thin stool is passed, no larger than a pencil. This inflammatory stricture has been cured by Borax.

    Urine: In this over-sensitive child when the catarrhal state is general the urine burns so when it passes that with the first urging (which causes the child to realize it must soon urinate) it screams out; screams with the desire to urinate. Frequent urination preceded by cries. The urethra orifice pains as if sore, after urinating. Desire to urinate without being able to pass a drop.

    Menstrual: Borax cures the most violent forms of membranous dysmenorrhea, when there are violent labor-like pains before and during the flow and it seems as if the uterus would expel itself from the vagina. The flow starts slightly, but the same violent pains keep on, until the expulsion of the membrane. Borax has been known to cure when the membrane was a cast of the uterus. Such patients are easily startled from downward motion; let that be your guide to Borax in membranous dysmenorrhea. She dreads downward motion, and motions like swinging and rocking. During menses; throbbing in head and rushing in ears. Pinching and griping in abdomen; that word does not describe it exactly, for it is like the pain in labor; pain extending from stomach. Pain like the stabbing of a knife in the groin, and that may occur either before or during menstruation. Tired; sweat after midnight. But, remember, with such things you must have the mental state, the nervous, excitable state and then Borax will be used as a cure for this dysmenorrhea.

    Leucorrhea: Another grand feature of Borax is its use for the treatment of leucorrhea, like the white of eggs. It has albuminous leucorrhea which feels like a hot fluid, and flows down the legs. White albuminous or starchy leucorrhea. Acrid leucorrhea appearing for two weeks. Leucorrhea white as mucus, without any other ailment. All these women are sterile, all who have such symptoms are sterile and Borax has cured sterility when this condition was the cause. When a remedy is given for sterility, the state must be looked into which is peculiar to the remedy given such a state as that remedy can produce upon the healthy woman.

    Nursing: Borax has been used when the mother could not nurse the child; she talks about always having a little, thick milk, too thick and tastes badly. This condition of the milk prevents the mother from nursing her child. This is a constitutional state, and Borax, if given in the beginning of pregnancy, to a Borax patient will so change the milk as well as the rest of the constitution that the mother will be able to nurse the child. This remedy also has loathing of the breast in infants, due to the fact that the milk tastes bad and not due to any defect on the part of the child. You might think of prescribing for the infant, but if you examine into the case you will find that the child will not take the milk, because it is loathsome. The mother needs a dose of Borax, which will cure the child of its diarrhea and loathing of milk. The infant becomes pale, nearly earth-colored. The child throws up its hands when an attempt is made to put it down (sensation of falling). If the mother was a Borax mother, the child very likely is a Borax child; it is not an uncommon thing for the mother and baby to need the same remedy; many times the child is medicated through the mother's milk if both needed the same remedy. Another peculiar feature is that when the child is nursing, there is pain in the opposite breast.


    Borax is used in various household laundry and cleaning products, including the "20 Mule Team Borax" laundry booster and "Boraxo" powdered hand soap. Despite its name, "Borateem" laundry bleach no longer contains Borax or other Boron compounds. Borax is also present in some tooth bleaching formulas. It is also an active ingredient in indoor and outdoor ant baits and killers.


    Sodium Borate is used in biochemical and chemical laboratories to make buffers, e.g. for gel electrophoresis of DNA, such as TBE or the newer SB buffer or BBS (borate buffered saline) in coating procedures. Borate buffers (usually at pH 8) are also used as preferential equilibration solution in dimethyl pimelimidate (DMP) based crosslinking reactions.


    Borax as a source of borate has been used to take advantage of the co-complexing ability of borate with other agents in water to form complex ions with various substances. Borate and a suitable polymer bed are used to chromatograph non-glycosylated hemoglobin differentially from glycosylated hemoglobin (chiefly HbA1c), which is an indicator of long term hyperglycemia in diabetes mellitus.


    Borax alone does not have a high affinity for the hardness cations, although it has been used for that purpose. Its chemical equation for water-softening is given below:

    Ca2+ (aq) + Na2B4O7 (aq) → CaB4O7 (s)↓ + 2 Na+ (aq)
    Mg2+ (aq) + Na2B4O7 (aq) → MgB4O7 (s)↓ + 2 Na+ (aq)

    The sodium ions introduced do not make water ‘hard’. This method is suitable for removing both temporary and permanent types of hardness.


    A mixture of Borax and Ammonium Chloride is used as a flux when welding iron and steel. It lowers the melting point of the unwanted Iron Oxide (scale), allowing it to run off. Borax is also used mixed with water as a flux when soldering jewelry metals such as gold or silver. It allows the molten solder to flow evenly over the joint in question. Borax is also a good flux for "pre-tinning" tungsten with zinc - making the tungsten soft-solderable.


    Borax is replacing mercury as the preferred method for extracting gold in small-scale mining facilities. The method is called the borax method and is used in the Philippines.


    A rubbery polymer sometimes called Slime, Flubber, gluep or glurch (or erroneously called Silly Putty which is based on silicone polymers, instead), can be made by cross linking polyvinyl alcohol with borax. Making flubber from polyvinyl acetate based glues, such as Elmer's Glue, and borax is a common elementary-science demonstration.


    Borax, given the E number E285, is used as a food additive in some countries, but is banned in the US. As a consequence, certain foods, such as caviar, produced for sale in the US contain higher levels of salt to assist preservation. Its use as a cooking ingredient is to add a firm rubbery texture to the food, or as a preservative. In oriental cooking it is mostly used for its texturing properties. In Asia, Borax was found to have been added to some Chinese foods like hand-pulled noodles lamian and some rice noodles like Shahe fen, Kway Teow, and Chee Cheong Fun recipes. In Indonesia it is a common, but forbidden, additive to such foods as noodles, bakso (meatballs), and steamed rice. The country's Directorate of Consumer Protection warns of the risk of liver cancer with high consumption over a period of 5 to 10 years.


  • Ingredient in enamel glazes.
  • Component of glass, pottery, and ceramics.
  • Borax can be used as an additive in ceramic slips and glazes to improve fit on wet, greenware, and bisque.
  • Fire retardant.
  • Anti-fungal compound for fiberglass and cellulose insulation.
  • Moth proofing 10% solution for wool.
  • Pulvered for the prevention of stubborn pests (e.g. German cockroaches) intrusion in domestic deep closets, pipe and cable inlets, wall panelling gaps, behind furniture and any hard to reach places where insects would run through or gather but ordinary pesticides could emit toxic gases and would require replenishing.
  • Anti-fungal foot soak.
  • Precursor for sodium perborate monohydrate that is used in detergents, as well as for boric acid and other borates.
  • Tackifier ingredient in casein, starch and dextrin based adhesives.
  • Precursor for boric acid, a tackifier ingredient in polyvinyl acetate, polyvinyl alcohol based adhesives.
  • Fluoride detoxification.
  • Treatment for thrush in horses' hooves.
  • Used to make indelible ink for dip pens by dissolving shellac into heated borax.
  • Curing agent for snake skins.
  • Curing agent for salmon eggs, for use in sport fishing for salmon.
  • Swimming pool buffering agent to control the pH.
  • Neutron absorber, used in nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools to control reactivity and to shut down a nuclear chain reaction.
  • As a micronutrient fertilizer to correct boron-deficient soils.
  • Preservative in taxidermy.
  • To clean the brain cavity of a skull for mounting.
  • To color fires with a green tint.
  • Was traditionally used to coat dry-cured meats such as hams to protect them from becoming fly-blown during further storage.
  • Is found in some commercial vitamin supplements.
  • For stopping car radiator and engine block leaks.
  • Used by the modern blacksmith in the process of forge welding. (Different from fabrication gas or electric style welding.)
  • Used as a woodworm treatment (diluted in water).
  • Used in the treatment or prevention of wood rot in classic wood boats.
  • Used to weaken cocaine.



    Homeopathic Borax preparations are diluted extracts given in the form of pellets. These are used orally to treat canker sores. Homeopathic preparations are the only Borax preparations to be used internally and are safe to use. A homeopathic medicine that works naturally with no side effects, no drug interactions, no contraindications and no masking of symptoms. Dissolve 5 pellets or Borax 30C (or other recommended dosage) in the mouth 3 times a day until symptoms are relieved or as directed by a health care provider.


    Borax is not taken as a dietary supplement or internally for any reason. It is used for external applications only. Borax may be used for cosmetic uses and for foot soaks and cleansing purposes. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral also known as Sodium Borate. It does not cause cancer, accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment. People have been using Borax over 100 years to clean their homes and for use in their laundry and use in homemade products.

    Carpet Cleaning: Use 1/2 cup Borax per gallon of water in carpet steam cleaning machines.

    Fruit Trees: Sprinkle a cup of borax around a full-sized apple tree (or a couple of tablespoons around a young tree) every 3 to 4 years to add boron, a trace mineral, to the soil. It is needed for good cell wall growth and for fruit and seed development.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl at night before you go to sleep. The next morning clean out the toilet bowl with a brush. The borax will loosen all the grime buildup.

    Pests: Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar.

    Flea Killer: Sprinkle borax on dog beds, carpets, and other areas where you suspect that fleas are hatching. Borax releases boric acid, which is a poison (note that very high doses would need to be ingested to harm a pet or human).

    Mice Deterrent: Sprinkle borax on the floor along the walls (mice like to run along the side of walls). They do not like getting the borax on their feet, so they are less likely to return to that area of the house.

    Preserving Flowers: Fresh-cut flowers of many varieties may be permanently preserved. Borax removes moisture from blossoms and leaves, thereby preventing the wilting which would normally result. Two different mixtures (by weight) are recommended: two parts Borax and one part dry white sand, or one part Borax and two parts corn meal.

    Violin String Saver: If you play violin or an instrument with a bow, when the hairs get gummed with rosin, instead of having it rehaired, dampen a toothbrush, dip it in borax, and scrub the bow hair in small sections. Try not to get the soap on the wood. Wipe clean and then re-rosin.

    Goo Remover: Mix together borax and water in a 2-to-1 ratio. Rub on to get rid of sticky, gooey, gummy adhesive residue.

    Better Homemade Candles: If you make your own candles, treat the wicks by soaking them in a solution of salt and borax to help reduce ash and eliminate smoke problems.

    Cleaning Cookware: Borax is a mild and gentle cleaner for porcelain and aluminum cookware. Sprinkle on pots and pans and rub with a damp dishcloth. Rinse thoroughly.

    Refrigerator Deodorizer: Spilled food can be washed away with a sponge or soft cloth using a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon of borax. Rinse with cold water.

    Humidifiers: To help keep your humidifier free of odor, dissolve one tablespoon of borax per gallon of water and add it to the unit. Be sure to rinse out this solution before refilling your humidifier with pure water prior to use.

    Shower, Tub & Tile: Sprinkle on a damp sponge or soft cloth and use as you would a powdered cleanser. This can even be used on fiberglass surfaces without scratching. Rinse thoroughly.

    Remove Rust: Remove rust by mixing the above solution with a tablespoon of lemon juice.

    Sink Cleaner: Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with a paste or 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.

    Outdoor Furniture: Mix 1 teaspoon dish detergent, 1 teaspoon borax and 1 quart warm water in a spray bottle and use to clean outdoor furniture.

    Cat Litter Deodorizer: Minimize odor in your cat's litter box by mixing a few tablespoons of borax in with the litter.

    Garbage Disposal Cleaner: Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water.

    Linens: Remove mildew and mustiness from linens by soaking them in 2 cups of borax mixed with 2 quarts of water. Let the linens sit for a few hours, then rinse clean.

    Unclog Drains: Unclog drains with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run your water for a few minutes to flush it out.

    Clean Mattresses: Remove urine odor from a mattress. Wet the mattress, rub in borax with a damp cloth. Let dry, then vacuum up the remaining residue.

    Garbage Can Deodorizer: Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it's clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor causing moisture.

    Kill Weeds: Useful for weeds that surface in concrete cracks and on walkways, but should not be used in the garden because it will also kill your plants.

    Shine China: Make your worn china sparkle again by soaking in a sink full of warm water and a 1/2 cup of borax. Rinse well and wash a second time as usual.

    Clean Hairbrushes & Combs: Mix a quarter cup borax and a tablespoon of a grease cutting dishwashing liquid (like Dawn) in a basin of warm water. Swish brushes in the sudsy water, let soak, rinse, and let dry.

    Mold Inhibitor: Make a thick borax and water paste. Smear it on the moldy area. Let set until dry (overnight or longer). Sweep up the powder, and rinse off the rest.

    Grow Borax Crystal Snowflakes: Chemistry: Borax Snowflakes

    Make Your Own Slime: Science Bob: Making Your Own Slime



    Elmer's Glue (most kinds of white craft glue will work)
    2 Disposable Cups
    Food Coloring (you pick the color)
    Borax Powder (available at most large grocery stores near the laundry detergent)
    A plastic spoon (for stirring)
    A tablespoon (for measuring)


    Fill one small cup with water and add a spoonful of the Borax powder and stir it up. Then set it aside.
    Fill the other small cup with about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the glue.
    Add three tablespoons (20 ml) of water to the glue and stir.
    Add a few drops of the food coloring and stir it up until mixed.
    Now the fun part... Add one tablespoons of the Borax solution you made earlier and stir well. Watch the slime form!
    After the slime forms let it sit for about 30 seconds and then pull it off the spoon and play with it!
    Tip: Keep your slime in a tightly closed plastic bag when you are not playing with it, and keep it away from carpet and your little sister's hair.

    borax slime 2


    1 4-ounce bottle White Glue
    1 teaspoon Borax Powder
    Food Coloring (optional)


    Empty the glue into a plastic tub.
    Add three more bottles (12 ounces) water to the glue (3:1 ratio water:glue).
    Add food coloring, if desired to the glue mix.
    Dissolve the borax in one cup warm water.
    Slowly add the borax solution to the glue solution until the mixture stiffens.
    Excess water is okay. The slimy goo will thicken as you play with it.
    Store in a zip-lock bag and refrigerate if keeping longer than a day. Different batches may result in different outcomes. Sometimes the slime breaks apart easier than other times. One batch may be like hard boiled eggs, but another may be smooth and slimy. It may have to do with how much borax is dissolved in the water. A large amount of glue is used, but it cleans up easily.

    borax glow in dark slime


    1 4-ounce bottle White Glue
    1 teaspoon Borax Powder
    Zinc Sulfide or Glow In The Dark Paint


    Empty the glue into a plastic tub.
    Add three more bottles (12 ounces) water to the glue (3:1 ratio water:glue).
    Add zinc sulfide or small bottle glow in the dark craft paint and mix well.
    Dissolve the borax in one cup warm water.
    Slowly add the borax solution to the glue solution until the mixture stiffens.

    Easy to make and glows in the dark. It feels good and doesn't stick to your hands. It can smell like paint. The cost is higher because of the zinc sulfide or glow in the dark pain used to make it shine. This recipe mixes together easily and can begin to glow a minute after mixing.

    clear slime


    1/2 cup Water
    1/4 cup Clear Glue
    1 tablespoon Borax Powder
    Food Color (optional)

    Put half of water in container (easiest with a tight fitting lid) and add the borax. Shake it.
    In another container put the remaining water. Color the water, if desired. For a lime green try adding 2 drops green and 2 drops yellow. Add the clear glue. Mix thoroughly.
    Slowly, a few drops at a time, add the borax solution. Add a few drops, stir, lift our your stirring stick and see the progress. Add a few more drops, stir, repeat. Can be stored in a sealed jar or ziplock bag.

    borax-free slime-1


    1 1/2 cups Flour
    1 cup Cornstarch
    1 1/2 cups Water
    Food Coloring

    Heat 3/4 cup water and cornstarch in a saucepan on low until warm. Slowly add the flour while stirring. Add the remaining 3/4 cup water. Remove from heat and cool before playing. This slime is very sticky and could be used for slime on a movie set, but not much fun to play with. Drawback is it has to be cooked on a stove and the recipe may not produce a slime solid enough or liquid enough to play with. The slime doesn't last long, given the natural ingredients and is typical of old flour-paste recipes that would stick anything together when dry.

    borax-free slime-2


    1 box Cornstarch
    1 1/2 cups Water
    Food Coloring (optional)

    Empty the cornstarch into a plastic tub. Slowly mix in the water while stirring. If the mix is too dry, it will crack. If the mix doesn't harden when cut with a knife, it is too liquid. Food coloring can be added if desired. This slime does not store well. Ingredients are cheap and easy to obtain. A cool slime you can cut and pound on it like a solid, but if you pick it up it melts. However, it dries out pretty quickly.

    non-borax slime 3


    2 parts White Glue
    1 part Liquid Starch
    Food Coloring (optional)

    Put the glue into a plastic tub. Gradually mix in the liquid starch. Cover and refrigerate to save the slime. This slime may not be as thick as a traditional borax slime and did not lift newsprint like traditional "Silly Putty".

    This is a good slime for being slimy. It oozes and slides well, but sticks together enough without sticking to your hands. It can easily be dyed colors. It is easy to make and easy to clean up without a lot of work involved.

    edible yummy slime


    14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
    1 tablespoon Cornstarch
    Food Coloring (optional)
    Flavoring (optional)

    Heat the milk and cornstarch in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in color and flavor. Allow to cool. Slime keeps in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for two days.

    This slime was really tasty, but it was too sticky to play with, eating it was another story. It was more expensive to make, cooks at a high temperature on the stove and results in seriously sticky slime. It is a messy cleanup but it does have a caramel flavor.

    edible blood slime


    1 teaspoon Soluble Fiber (like Metamucil)
    1 cup Water (Tonic Water for Black Lights)
    Food Coloring (Red Food Color to make Blood Slime)

    Mix the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes and stir. Repeat heating and stirring until the mixture becomes rubbery. Cool before playing. The mixture can be stored in a ziplock bag at room temperature. This slime should glow under a black light because of the fluorescence from the tonic water ingredients.

    This recipe doesn't slime up well and cannot be played with. It may be considered a non-thickening formula, remaining a red liquid. However, dyed red it can be used as a bloody slime and can be used as a blood theatrical edible slime. It is expensive to make and requires a microwave.

    clear slime variation


    To the classic Borax Slime recipe add:
    • Add clear glue instead of white glue for a translucent (see-through) slime.
    • Water gel beads can be added (from floral supplies) and will expand.
    • Colored beads.
    • Shaving cream added to slime will turn it fluffy or pouffy.
    • Any food color can be added for colored slime.
    • Glitter or trinkets can be added.
    • Polystyrene beads can be added to slime to make it a "floam".

    Bouncy Ball: Creative Bug: Making Your Own Bouncy Balls

    borax bouncy balls


    Bouncy balls respond in response to the amount of force used when they contact hard surfaces. That simply means that a bouncy ball will bounce back at you with about 80 percent of the energy you used when you threw it and bounced it off of something rigid. You may find bouncy balls in vending machines and they are available in discount, grocery and department stores in many colors and designs. You can also make your own bouncy ball using many ingredients you probably already have in your home.


    1. Use the permanent marker to label the two plastic cups. Write ball on one cup and borax on the other cup.
    2. Combine 1/2 teaspoon borax with 2 tablespoons warm water in the borax cup and stir it well to dissolve the borax. Add one drop of food coloring at a time, stirring after each addition, until the mixture shade suits you.
    3. Pour 1 tablespoon elmers glue into the ball cup. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the borax mixture to the glue but do not stir the mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch and do not stir. The ingredients will now begin to combine with each other without mixing them. Wait 10 t0 15 seconds and then stir the mixture constantly until it thickens to the point that you can no longer stir it.
    4. Scoop the stiffened mixture out of the cup with a spoon and begin kneading it with your hands. Shape the mixture into a ball as you are kneeding it. The mixture will be messy and sticky initially, but it will begin to solidify with handling and exposure to air. Once it's no longer sticky, it is ready to bounce.
    5. Wash your hands, work area and all the utensils with warm soapy water. Store the bouncy ball in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature whenyou are not using it.
    Tips: Using white glue will make the ball opaque. To make a translucent ball, use clear school glue. Adding extra glue will produce a slimier ball. If you want a ball that can bend and stretch, use more cornstarch. Experiement with different amounts of cornstarch, borax, and glue to produce bouncy balls with varying properties.



    Do not take Borax internally. For external uses only, primarily used for household cleansing purposes. Keep away from children and pets. Do not inhale powder. Avoid using while pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Borax, sodium tetraborate decahydrate, according to one study, is not acutely toxic. Its LD50 (median lethal dose) score is tested at 2.66 g/kg in rats, meaning that a significant dose of the chemical is needed to cause severe symptoms or death. The lethal dose is not necessarily the same for humans.

    Sodium tetraborate decahydrate was once registered as an insecticide for a brief period, and the product was issued a "Danger" signal word by the EPA. Registration was allowed to lapse after the initial one year registration due to the fact the product could not be legally sold over the counter as an insecticide due to the dangers the product posed to the general public. Danger is the highest level signal word issued by the EPA.

    Sufficient exposure to borax dust can cause respiratory and skin irritation. Ingestion may cause gastrointestinal distress including nausea, persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Effects on the vascular system and brain include headaches and lethargy, but are less frequent. In severe poisonings, a beefy red skin rash affecting palms, soles, buttocks and scrotum has been described. With severe poisoning, erythematous and exfoliative rash, unconsciousness, respiratory depression, and renal failure.

    Borax was added to the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list on 16 December 2010. The SVHC candidate list is part of the EU Regulations on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals 2006 (REACH), and the addition was based on the revised classification of borax as toxic for reproduction category 1B under the CLP Regulations. Substances and mixtures imported into the EU which contain borax are now required to be labelled with the warnings "May damage fertility" and "May damage the unborn child."


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