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What happens if you swallow borax?

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If you swallow it by itself, borax can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Large amounts can lead to shock and kidney failure. It's banned in U.S. food products.

SOURCES:

National Library of Medicine, Toxicology Data Network: “Borax.”

National Park Service: “Mining in Death Valley.”

20 Mule Team Borax: “Laundry uses.”

National Pesticide Information Center: “Boric Acid.”

Boy’s Life: “How to Make Slime With Glue and Borax.”

Royal Society of Chemistry: “Boron.”

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine : “Growing Evidence for Human Health Benefits of Boron.”

Journal of Trace Elements in Medical Biology : “In vivo and in vitro effects of boron and boronated compounds.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Essentiality of boron for healthy bones and joints.”

International Program on Chemical Safety: “Sodium borate.”

Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology : “The adjuvant use of calcium fructoborate and borax with etanercept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Pilot study.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoporosis Self-Care.”

FDA: “Food Additive Status List.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 19, 2019

SOURCES:

National Library of Medicine, Toxicology Data Network: “Borax.”

National Park Service: “Mining in Death Valley.”

20 Mule Team Borax: “Laundry uses.”

National Pesticide Information Center: “Boric Acid.”

Boy’s Life: “How to Make Slime With Glue and Borax.”

Royal Society of Chemistry: “Boron.”

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine : “Growing Evidence for Human Health Benefits of Boron.”

Journal of Trace Elements in Medical Biology : “In vivo and in vitro effects of boron and boronated compounds.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Essentiality of boron for healthy bones and joints.”

International Program on Chemical Safety: “Sodium borate.”

Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology : “The adjuvant use of calcium fructoborate and borax with etanercept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Pilot study.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoporosis Self-Care.”

FDA: “Food Additive Status List.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 19, 2019

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