12 July 2012
Green Cleaning in Focus: Borax
By: Laura Trotta (BEng(Environmental), MSc (Environmental Chemistry))
In the fourth instalment of our green cleaning in focus feature, we take a detailed look at a lesser known green cleaning product, Borax.
Borax is the common name given to the mineral compound sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate. Prevalent in nature as an evaporation product from seasonal lakes, Borax is produced commercially from boron compounds.
Borax is commonly used to clean and deodorise areas around the home without leaving strong scents. It has been widely used since the early 1900’s and is not acutely toxic (source). However, unlike Bi-Carb Soda and White Vinegar, a little extra precaution is required when handling Borax. Don’t ingest or inhale Borax and wear gloves when using in strong concentrations as it can irritate sensitive skin.
Like all the green cleaning products in our green cleaning feature, Borax is readily available and is economical. Here are a few of our favourite cleaning uses for Borax.
Click here for information on other green cleaning products to use in your home.
About the Author: Laura Trotta is an eco mum, environmental engineer and founder of Sustainababy. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Masters of Science in Environmental Chemistry and worked for over eleven years as an environmental professional prior to starting her business. Green has always been a way of life for Laura, rather than the latest trend. She lives in regional South Australia with her husband Paul and sons Matthew and Christopher.