Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate, is a natural occurring boron compound, a white powder consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water. It helps get rid of stains, mold, mildew around the house and can kill insects such as ants. It’s widely used as a flux or cleansing agent, as well as an antiseptic, preservative, cleanser and as a water softener. Borax is also famously used in hand soaps to help wash off the oil or grease from the hands; used in laundry soaps and body soaps as well. Besides, it also has a similar effect on hair, thus it’s common appearance in the ingredients list of homemade shampoos and hair conditioners.