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Old 28th March 2013, 01:01 PM
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Question Now, where to find Borax in Dubai? (sodium borate)

I'm looking for Borax powder (a.k.a. sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, the salt form of boric acid, etc.). The most common brand in the US (and UK) is "20 Mule Team," in Australia it's Harper's, in the UK it was also Lassco Dri-Pak. It's a white powder, sometimes used as a laundry detergent enhancer, although I'm looking to use it against cockroaches (safely ensconced in hollow PVC pipes).

The EU recently reclassified the 'Borate' group of chemicals that Borax belongs to, so apparently it is no longer available as a cleaning and laundry product in the EU. I fear this may have carried over to the UAE. It should still be available somewhere...

I have already looked and not found it in:
  • Life Pharmacy on SZR (near Crowne Plaza)
  • Carrefour (MOE and Deira City Centre),
  • Spinneys (Jumeirah Beach and Umm Al Sheif Rds),
  • Choitrams (Safa Park),
  • Union Coop (Satwa/SZR and Safa Park),
  • Al Maya (Satwa)
  • an Indian 'supermarket' (medium-size, in Al Quoz)
  • Ace Hardware (Festival City and SZR),
  • a smaller but excellent hardware store in Al Quoz (on Umm Suqeim Rd)

Has anyone seen Borax here in Dubai, in 2013? Many thanks!!

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Old 28th March 2013, 01:42 PM
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In case this helps, the box in the US looks like this:

In Australia it's this:

UK e.g.:

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In case this helps, the box in the US looks like this:

In Australia it's this:

UK e.g.:
Is it a whitening agent? You can get it in any supermarket. Glo-white and there's another brand, it comes in a large tub, can't remember the name of it, but you just need to look in the sections stocking soap powder and softeners.

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Is it a whitening agent? Glo-white...
Nope, not a whitening agent, but thanks.

It's an old-fashioned household product, all it contains is 100% sodium borate (or sodium tetraborate) -- the salt form of boric acid.

In the laundry it helps loosen soil; but I'm using it for it's insecticide properties: it's a relatively mild but effective way of killing cockroaches! Takes 7-10 days, but works very well.
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You can get it in almost any pharmacy. I got mine in Jumaira, next to Japengo caffee, but you can get it almost anywhere.

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Thanks, I'll try some more pharmacies. (I'd already tried Life Pharmacy on SZR near Crowne Plaza, they didn't have it.) Thanks again!

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Did you manage to find the Borax? I'm also trying to find some!

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Me too! I tried pharmacies, they give me the wrong stuff.

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Me too! I tried pharmacies, they give me the wrong stuff.
Each pharmacy I go to want to give me 'Boric Acid Powder', telling me it's the same thing.....I'm not a pharmacist, but I don't think it's the same as Borax...

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Each pharmacy I go to want to give me 'Boric Acid Powder', telling me it's the same thing.....I'm not a pharmacist, but I don't think it's the same as Borax...
It's not.

You could also try sodium perborate. When in water, it breaks up into hydrogen peroxide and borax.

You could try one of the local commercial laundry chemical suppliers - Ecolab or Diversey, but they'll want to sell you 20kgs of it.

If I see any around, I'll let you know.

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