What? 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. Borax has many chemical properties that contribute to its cleaning power. It cleans and bleaches by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. This reaction is more favorable in hotter water. Producing a basic solution in water, it increases the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners.
Why? Boron is an essential mineral that the body needs for bone building, immune function, and brain function. Plants need it to grow. Boron is found aplenty in borax. Borax is wholly natural. It doesn’t cause cancer, accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment. In fact, the largest borax (borate) mine in the world found in Boron, California is considered by many to be the most ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable mine in the United States.