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Author Topic: Where to buy borax?  (Read 15361 times)
Mrs Sparkles
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« on: 10 May 2009, 8:45:12 AM »
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Would like to buy some borax. Has anyone seen it in Singapore?
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« Reply #1 on: 10 May 2009, 10:16:57 AM »
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You cannot buy it in Singapore without a Poisons License .

It was used illegally as an additive to rice and rice noodles (makes them shiny).


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« Reply #2 on: 12 May 2009, 0:41:57 AM »
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Dear Mrs. Sparkles,

I checked too for you, & the shop selling it would have to have a permit, plus they would have to buy large quantities, plus the consumer would have to apply for a permit. Can I ask what you were going to use it for?
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« Reply #3 on: 12 May 2009, 19:51:18 PM »
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to make her noodles sparkle!!
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« Reply #4 on: 12 May 2009, 22:50:00 PM »
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As my old chemistry teacher (fan of the Marx Bros) used to say "Close, but no cigar!"

I had two purposes in mind: cleaning and pest control (both at home). I can achieve both without borax, though.

Thanks YC and Kathy for helpful replies, and to probably for a smile!
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« Reply #5 on: 12 May 2009, 23:37:05 PM »
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Yes, although I had guessed those were the most likely purposes you had in mind, I did have a few chuckles when I went to Wikipedia to see the different uses for borax in order to find a substitute for you!
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« Reply #6 on: 28 July 2009, 22:20:05 PM »
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The pest control people have found scabies mites in our flat (just moved in) along with a host of other tiny bugs that are biting us, and borax is recommended as something for getting rid of the little buggers.

As I can't seem to buy borax here, are there any alternatives?
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Alicia Kelly
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« Reply #7 on: 17 September 2016, 23:48:18 PM »
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I need borax to make slime
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« Reply #8 on: 30 September 2016, 23:33:44 PM »
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Easiest to buy it in Malaysia. Some DIY shops sell them in boxes for laundry use. Also traditional chinese medicine shops sell them in small packets for RM1 each. "Peng Seh" is the Hokkien name.
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« Reply #9 on: 04 October 2016, 12:22:22 PM »
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硼砂  is the Chinese name.
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« Reply #10 on: 13 May 2017, 13:37:11 PM »
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Can we bring borax to singapore from Malaysia or shipped to singapore.  Is that allowed?
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Soapy Joe
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« Reply #11 on: 14 May 2017, 20:42:46 PM »
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It's banned almost everywhere now.  Wasn't aware it was even still available.
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Hanie
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« Reply #12 on: 10 June 2017, 21:57:21 PM »
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Wdym banned in US still have
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