Where can I buy Borax?

(42 Posts)
mumtomoley Sun 28-Aug-11 14:31:40

Does anyone know where I can buy borax? Boots no longer do it apparently and I haven't been able to find it in wilkinsons/morrions/pound shop which I thought might stock it. Does anyone know if any of the big supermarkets still sell it to save me driving all over town trying to find it? I've found some old threads that say Tesco do but they go back to 2009 and as it's getting harder to find I'm not sure whether this is still the case.

We don't really have a decent hardware store and I'd rather not buy it online as the cost of postage rather defeats the money saving object!

SherlockHolmes Sun 28-Aug-11 16:29:54

I think you really need to find a small hardware shop, as these seem to be the only places you can buy it nowadays. Or maybe you could place a bulk order with an online supplier and see if they will deliver it more cheaply?

budgieshell Sun 28-Aug-11 16:38:47

Ask at a few local chemists.

WowOoo Sun 28-Aug-11 16:40:04

Boots does it.

WowOoo Sun 28-Aug-11 16:40:30

I know Boots does it as I got some there yesterday.

mumtomoley Sun 28-Aug-11 17:05:41


Wowooo, what bit is it in please? I've looked in there twice and the shop asisstant in there told me they'd stopped doing it!!

mumtomoley Mon 29-Aug-11 12:28:56

Phoned my boots and no luck there as they dont stock it.. looks like I'll be getting it online unless any other ideas. So annoying!!

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 29-Aug-11 12:31:35

I came on here to say wilkinsons. I have some I bought in Wilkinsons a while ago. I am sure I saw it in there recently, but that's no good to you if your local one no longer sells it.

I am not sure what to do with it now I have it blush

mumtomoley Mon 29-Aug-11 12:52:22

Just phoned wilkinsons to double check and they say they don't have it. Thought that would be a likely candidate.

Though most places I've asked the converstation goes

M:hello do you sell Borax powder
them: Sell what?
M: Borax
themsadlong pause) no

So who knows!

mumtomoley Mon 29-Aug-11 12:56:56

oops not meant to be a sad face, there was supposed to be actual punctuation there..

mumtomoley Mon 29-Aug-11 12:59:55

and norma you can use it to make washing gel for laundry which is what I'm after it for.. apparently they sell it in the garden centre so I'm of there.. He said something about it being for potato pests as well so there you go theres another use for it!

DP is not pleased that I want to wash his pants in what he now thinks is a pesticide smile

Mirandajulia Tue 25-Oct-11 20:26:36

I just tried to get this in a few places today. Two chemists told me that it was no longer available and Sainsbury's didn't have it either (although I didn't expect them to.) So I think that it cannot be possible to buy in shops any more. I have found a borax substitute on Big Green Smile for £1.38 + postage. My mum told me that it's brilliant for cleaning burned pans!

Inghouls2 Tue 25-Oct-11 20:28:51

ummm.... I thought borax was a pesticide? we use it to spray woodworm in our old timber house.

SJL28 Thu 24-Nov-11 09:29:45

Hi, I've been looking for some Borax and have found some on Ebay 250g for £1.99 + 90p p+p I'm sure there are better offers but as I as looking quickly that seemed to be the best. Hope this helps smile

Pudden Thu 24-Nov-11 09:53:55

you cannot buy borax in general shops anymore due to EU regulations- only borax sustitute. Dri pak make it (the people who do soda crystals) and you can buy it in Wilkinsons cos thats where I buy it! Alos in hardwear/iron mongers and Yorkshire trading if you have them near you

Pudden Thu 24-Nov-11 09:54:43

borax is brilliant for cleaning and deoderising- the substitute not a patch on it!

2BoysTooLoud Thu 24-Nov-11 10:14:14

Carpet moths don't like borax.

AnnaXmas Sun 16-Dec-12 23:34:23

i just found this on google results so thought i'd put my effort in. i buy mine from naturalselection . biz where it's fairly low cost. there is a postage cost for just one item but i buy shampoo, body care etc at the same time so get free delivery and then it's really cheap.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 17-Dec-12 07:52:44

I made laundry gloop without borax and it's working really well.

I assume that's what you want it for.

SabineMcNeill Fri 01-Mar-13 08:35:25

The benefits for health in general and arthritis in particular of borax are described in this article: http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

TomDudgeon Fri 01-Mar-13 08:37:31

Is good for such things

napkin Sat 02-Mar-13 15:13:41

I bought it from morrisons recently smile

rolloqsvr Thu 07-Mar-13 11:21:33

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Kendodd Thu 07-Mar-13 11:27:06

Where do you live? I've got a bit you can have.

Kasia32 Fri 26-Jul-13 13:59:45

I saw available Borax substitute, but be aware: it is nothing like Borax. Some completely different substance. Borax is the best! I know that my friend treated with it nail fungus (when doctors gave up) - it worked!!!

fredboo Mon 04-Nov-13 14:32:41

I went into Boots today - and you can order it in-store to arrive the next day. Saves on postage charges.

BrownSauceSandwich Mon 04-Nov-13 19:34:56

Use borax to make silly putty (for best results, involve some 10 year old children)...

Mix 100 ml PVA glue with 100 ml water. Add plenty of food colouring. Dissolve 1 tsp borax in 50 ml boiling water, then stir into the pva mixture. Fish out the revolting blob from the mixture and knead it till smooth on an impermeable surface (a tray would be perfect).

If your kids are doing gcse science, you can tell them it's polymerisation in action.

coredefence Sat 11-Jan-14 11:03:42

Try Amazon, the High Street is dead: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=borax

PigletJohn Sat 11-Jan-14 14:57:30

you can't buy Borax, it has been discontinued as harmful. You can buy a substitute.

TheFallenMadonna Sat 11-Jan-14 15:01:34

I bought it from a pharmacy. For slime making as detailed below.

PigletJohn Sat 11-Jan-14 15:12:28

see the last line under toxicity

PigletJohn Sat 11-Jan-14 15:14:43
Bbernieb2 Thu 05-Jun-14 20:45:21

You can use it in your laundry, as cleaning agent and fleas and eggs killer.
Look up on internet.
I want to use it on my cats. Dust them and put in pillow case with tie in top so they can't wiggle out. Leave them in for 10 mins, 1 in each pillowcase obviously. Then comb out.
It dries the fleas and eggs out.

wowfudge Thu 05-Jun-14 23:32:09

Borax is used in jewellery making/silver smithing as a flux for soldering. You can buy borax cones online from jewellery making suppliers. You'd have to crush it up yourself as it is not in powder form.

wowfudge Thu 05-Jun-14 23:34:09

Actually you can 1kg tubs of the powder - I've only actually used it in cone form myself www.cookson.com

wowfudge Thu 05-Jun-14 23:35:21

Epic fail! www.cooksongold.com sorry about the previous incorrect web address.

Also read the last bit on PigletJohn's link regarding reproductive toxicity. I wouldn't go near it if I was pregnant.

wowfudge Thu 05-Jun-14 23:55:30

Jeweller friend of mine has been using it for many years. She had a healthy baby boy last year.

PigletJohn Fri 06-Jun-14 07:52:31

Read the "full product description" for clues.

wowfudge Fri 06-Jun-14 12:51:22

I have, and the link you posted. There must be many products which fall into the same bracket, depending on how they are used, exposure to them, etc.

Of course how it's used makes a big difference. It isn't easily absorbed through the skin, but using it as a powder for cat fleas would mean a high likelihood of breathing it in. As will other uses where you are tipping the powder out of a packet and mixing it into things. It isn't the toxicity that is the problem, many household products are toxic, but the teratogenicity, ie the ability to cause birth defects. I don't believe many other household cleaning products contain teratogens and there is a big difference in that liquid formulations only contain a small percentage of each ingredient.

If I was using it at work I would handle it in a fume cupboard, that isn't an option at home so if I were pregnant I would avoid it altogether. Someone using it professionally such as a jeweller should have carried out a risk assessment using safety data sheets and taken suitable precautions, we are far less likely to do that at home.

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