Is Borax Edible?

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Borax is not considered edible and can cause health concerns if ingested, inhaled or with skin contact. Some health recipes recommend using a small amount of borax but the FDA considers this substance toxic.


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April 19, 2011

Is it safe to put a pinch of borax in food?

By Lucy Martin from Clemont, FL


April 30, 20200 found this helpful
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I would not recommend it. Although many people overstate the toxicity of borax by conflating it with boric acid, it is still considered a hazardous substance. It should not be ingested and caution should be taken to avoid skin exposure and inhalation.

Here is some more information about borax:

Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve in water. A number of closely related minerals or chemical compounds that differ in their crystal water content are referred to as borax, but the word is usually used to refer to the decahydrate. Commercially sold borax is partially dehydrated.


The element boron is essential to normal body functions, like calcium and iodine. You can take a supplement but you should talk to your doctor first. (Affiliate Link)

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know the answer. I suspect it is not safe but I wonder why you want to do this? A good person to ask would be your pharmacist.

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

Type in "borax" on Wikipedia and read all about it.

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June 12, 20110 found this helpful

Your question is disturbing.

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