Borax (Sodium Borate)
Mon, September 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM
[Stephanie Greenwood]

Today's Chemical:

Sodium Borate (Borax)

EWG Risk Score:

6-7

What is it?

Sodium Borate is a mineral salt that's used as an emulsifier, pH adjuster, and slight saponifier. 

Safety Info:

Steph's Opinion:

While borax can be a lung irritant while in powder form, and a skin irritant on sensitive skin, and an ingredient one would avoid ingesting, there appears to be no long-term health effects from small exposures, such as would be in a lotion or cream or laundry detergent.

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