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Sodium tetraborate decahydrate (NaBO 10HO), a soft, light, colourless crystalline mineral used as a component of glass and pottery glazes in the ceramics industry, as a solvent for metal-oxide slags in metallurgy, as a flux in welding and soldering, and as a fertilizer additive, a soap supplement, a disinfectant, a mouthwash, and a water softener. About 50% of the world's supply comes from southern California deserts, including Death Valley.
Variants of BORAX
borax or tincal
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