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Wendy Graham

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Where To Buy Borax For All Your Cleaning Needs

Are you wondering where can I buy Borax? Well, wonder no more, here is where to buy Borax for all your cleaning needs or even slime making needs.

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Borax is an all-round natural cleaning wonder. Seriously, Borax has so many uses around the home that I’m never without a box or two. I’ve also learned from my 10-year-old daughter that Borax is a key ingredient in slime making. The things you learn!

With the rise in interest in both natural cleaning – and slime making at the complete opposite end of the spectrum – I’ve been getting an increasing number of emails from people asking where they can buy borax. To help you out, I’ve outlined my favourite online stores, as well as places you might be able to pick it up in physical shops.

What Is Borax?

First off, you might be wondering what Borax is exactly.

Borax is a white crystalline powder commonly used in cleaning all around the home. It’s gentler than soda crystals, yet stronger than bicarbonate of soda, which makes it great at tackling grease and grime. Use it as a mild abrasive for cleaning your sink. Or pop it in your laundry. It’s great at tackling stains, softening water, and brightening your clothes. It’s also cold-water soluble, unlike soda crystals which cake in cold water. This makes it great for washing clothes at low temperatures.

You can find out more in my what is Borax guide.

Can You Buy Borax In The UK?

Strictly speaking, you can’t actually buy Borax in the UK. This is because back in 2010, the EU decided that on the balance of evidence, Borax, and other chemicals in the same borate family, could potentially be hazardous to health.

Borax was therefore banned for sale in the EU – which at that point included the UK. Brexit coming into place in 2020 hasn’t changed anything – Borax remains banned in the UK in 2022. Borax will likely continue to be banned – I can’t see the UK changing their mind on this.

Don’t worry though, Borax Substitute – also known as Sodium Sesquicarbonate – can be bought in the UK and EU. Chemically, Borax Substitute is very similar to Borax, and performs exactly the same as Borax, without the safety concerns. The only thing that differs is that, unlike Borax, Borax Substitute cannot be used for pest control – such as deterring ants.

Where To Buy Borax Powder

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I regularly get queries from Moral Fibres readers on sourcing ingredients for natural cleaning products. Specifically on where to buy Borax.

The main producer of Borax Substitute in the UK is the Derbyshire based natural cleaning company Dri-Pak. Dri-Pak branded 500 g cardboard boxes of Borax Substitute can be picked up in many hardware shops – such as Robert Dyas, Wilko and independent hardware shops – quite cheaply. However, if you are struggling to find a box locally, here are my favourite places to source this natural cleaning staple.

Ethical Superstore

Ethical Superstore stocks Dri-Pak branded Borax substitute* for less than £2 for 500 g. As the store sells many of the green cleaning supplies I need, I quite often pick up several ingredients in one go to get the most value out of the shipping cost.

What I always really appreciate is that Ethical Superstore takes environmental concerns seriously. As such, the store uses low-impact packaging materials. This includes reusing the boxes in which it receives stock from its suppliers, paper bubble wrap alternatives, and 100% recycled paper void fill.

Buy Borax At Big Green Smile

Big Green Smile also sell the Dri-Pak branded Borax* online, again for under £2. Do note that the store has a minimum order value of £20.

Amazon

Whilst I personally try to avoid Amazon on the grounds of tax avoidance, human rights issues, and environmental issues, I understand that not everyone is able to.

If Amazon is the most accessible option for you, then Amazon does sell Dri-Pak branded Borax Substitute*. Just to warn you, it is easy to get ripped off on Amazon. I’ve seen single boxes of Borax that should retail for under £2 listed for more than double the price. Instead, look for three-pack or six-pack boxes of Borax for a much better deal.

Beyond the Dri-Pak branded 500 g boxes of Borax Substitute, it’s not something that is really made or sold in the UK by other brands. Therefore, it’s not able to be bought in bulk bags, beyond buying multiple Dri-Pak cardboard boxes.

How To Store Borax To Stop It Forming Clumps

Now you know where to buy Borax. However, you now have a new set of problems to contend with. You’ll soon learn that Borax is a notoriously tricky substance to deal with!

Whilst it is great that Borax, by default, comes in a plastic-free cardboard box, it’s not the best for long term storage. This is because Borax has a tendency to clump up into rock hard lumps the moment any moisture is present. These lumps can then be an absolute devil to bash out.

My top tips for storing Borax for any length of time, to prevent these lumps, is:

  • to decant the Borax from its box into a jar or tub with an airtight light. It’s important to label this container and keep it out of reach of kids and pets.
  • keep the box in a cool dry place where moisture is low.
  • If clumping is still a problem, you could cut the end off of an old pair of tights (or similar), and add a good-sized scoop of dried rice. Tie up the end to secure the rice, and then place this makeshift bag of rice into the tub with the Borax.

Looking for more inspiration on what to do with your Borax? Do check out my full guide to natural cleaning products, for heaps of products that you can make quickly and easily using ingredients such as Borax.

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Where To Buy Hydrogen Peroxide For Cleaning

Wondering where to buy hydrogen peroxide for cleaning? Here are my go-to places to shop for this green cleaning staple, as well as the percentage you should buy.

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You might think of hydrogen peroxide as a first-aid staple for cleaning cuts and scrapes, or for treating dental problems. However, that amber glass bottle is full of uses beyond purely medical ones. You can use hydrogen peroxide to naturally clean your home the non-toxic way and you can use it to freshen up your laundry on wash day. It’s a natural cleaning do-it-all!

What Is Hydrogen Peroxide Exactly?

You might be wondering what hydrogen peroxide is exactly. Hydrogen peroxide is the chemical compound H2O2. This chemical formula denotes that it is made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms.  This means it’s essentially water (H2O) with one extra oxygen atom.

Put like that, hydrogen peroxide might seem innocuous. In actual fact, it is really bad news for germs and bacteria. That extra oxygen atom is highly volatile and causes oxidation. This is a reaction in which the hydrogen peroxide steals electrons from bacteria, breaking down their cell walls. With no cell walls, bacteria, which are simple micro-organisms, die, leaving surfaces germ free.

In addition, when used in natural cleaning, hydrogen peroxide doesn’t leave any harsh chemical residue on your surfaces. This is because when hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material, it breaks down into oxygen and water. All this makes hydrogen peroxide an effective natural cleaner without the cloying odour or eye and lung-irritating properties of bleach.

What Can You Clean?

From naturally disinfecting your kitchen sponges to sanitising hard surfaces, removing bloodstains, and naturally keeping whites white, amongst a myriad of uses, there are so many things you can clean with hydrogen peroxide.

Whilst it is an effective natural cleaner, there are some safety concerns. Never mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar as it can be very harmful to your health (see my guide to white vinegar for cleaning for the full details). And never mix hydrogen peroxide with bleach, as again this can be incredibly dangerous.

What Strength Hydrogen Peroxide Is Best For Cleaning?

Hydrogen peroxide is sold in a variety of strengths – from 3% through to 12%. For cleaning, the weakest strength – the 3% strength – is more than enough for all of your natural cleaning and disinfecting needs. There is never any reason why you would need a higher percentage than 6% for cleaning.

Where To Buy Hydrogen Peroxide For Cleaning

Image of amber spray bottle and eucalptus stem, with blue text box that reads where to buy hydrogen peroxide for cleaning.

Here in the UK, hydrogen peroxide can generally only be bought from pharmacies as its sale is quite heavily restricted. Pharmacies keep it behind the counter, so you will have to specifically ask for a bottle. Even then, there is no guarantee the pharmacist will sell it to you without a valid reason. As I’ve learned the hard way, green cleaning isn’t always a valid reason for buying hydrogen peroxide!

As such, I personally find it easier to buy hydrogen peroxide online. I recommend buying just one bottle at a time as it can be tricky to store – it goes flat and loses its effectiveness over time – so never buy more than one bottle.

Feelunique

Feelunique sells a 200 ml glass bottle of 6% hydrogen peroxide* for £1.05. You can dilute this with water, in a 50:50 ratio, to make the 3% dilution that I recommend for cleaning.

When diluting hydrogen peroxide, only dilute it when you need to use it, and only in the exact quantity that you require. After use, I would recommend discarding any unused diluted solution. This is because hydrogen peroxide’s active ingredients don’t last long when diluted. After a short time period, it would be no better than cleaning with plain water.

Amazon 

Whilst Amazon is not my preferred place to shop, for numerous ethical reasons, Amazon does stock 200 ml bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide*. Amazon also has other bottle sizes* and buying options, should you want to explore larger bottles, if you’re confident you can use up the bottle within a short time frame.

eBay

eBay* is another handy place to buy hydrogen peroxide for cleaning online, particularly if you want to avoid Amazon. Whilst there are lots of buying options, remember to stick to the 3% version for cleaning.

How To Store Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide comes in an amber glass bottle because it’s quite a delicate substance. Once opened, and exposed to heat, light, and air, it starts to break down to water quite quickly.

Once you’re done using the bottle, make sure you seal the bottle tightly and store it in a cool, dark place away from direct heat.

Hydrogen peroxide is best used within six months of opening. If it doesn’t fizz when you clean with it, it’s past its best. This is why I don’t recommend buying more than one bottle at a time.

If you are looking for more green cleaning help and inspiration, then do check out my guide to natural cleaning product recipes. Here I talk you through my best natural cleaning recipes and guides to make a wide range of effective non-toxic cleaning solutions for your whole home.