Borax is a boron compound and is usually found as a white powder consisting of soft colourless crystals that can be dissolved easily in water. There are a number of uses for Borax that include for cosmetics, detergents and to prevent fires. Borax occurs naturally in evaporite deposits that are produced by seasonal lakes which have evaporated repeatedly. It can most commonly be found in Turkey, or in Boron and Searles Lake, both in California. Borax can be created synthetically using other boron compounds.
A very large dosage is required to harm humans. Exposure can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation. Humans that digest Borax may have symptoms including nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Sever poisonings can cause renal failure, a rash, unconsciousness or respiratory depression.