Borax simple question

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Igor Savchenko, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Igor Savchenko

    Igor Savchenko Member

    Messages:
    36
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Location:
    Belarus
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Could anybody, please, let me know in which section in the U.S./Britain/others supermarkets Borax can be found and for what general consumption purpose is this product sold?
    Thanks.
     
  2. juan

    juan Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,745
    Joined:
    May 7, 2003
    Location:
    St. Simons I
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    In the US, borax is sold as 20 Mule Team Borax. It is sold in the section with laundry detergents. It's sold as a booster (whatever that means) in washing clothes. It's sold on Amazon here.
     
  3. Trevor Crone

    Trevor Crone Member

    Messages:
    547
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Location:
    SE.London
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    In the UK Silverprint sell it. Look on their website, go to chemicals, raw chemicals, sodium tetraborate (borax).

    www.silverprint.co.uk

    Regards,
    Trevor.
     
  4. Murray Kelly

    Murray Kelly Member

    Messages:
    452
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Location:
    Brisbane, QL
    Shooter:
    35mm RF
    In Australia - at the supermarkets in the laundry section - it's to soften the water. The other big supplier is the hardware stores in the household cleaners section.

    Murray Brisbane, Oz
     
  5. jnanian

    jnanian Advertiser Advertiser

    Messages:
    19,987
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Location:
    local
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    it is also sold as "washing soda"
    as juan says it is a laundry booster ...
    arm and hammer also makes it
    ( just look for the orange box and the arm of vulcan )
     
  6. DarkroomExperimente

    DarkroomExperimente Member

    Messages:
    706
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2007
    Location:
    Washington D
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Arm & Hammer's "washing soda" is Sodium Carbonate
     
  7. gainer

    gainer Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,725
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2002
    Yes indeed. And borax is sodium tetra borate decahydrate. Never the twain shall meet, at least hardly ever in the same developer. A solution of borax tends to have a pH close to 9.3. Washing soda, which is supposed to be sodium carbonate hydrated about as far as it can go, tends to hav pH in the tens to twelves.
     
  8. Igor Savchenko

    Igor Savchenko Member

    Messages:
    36
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Location:
    Belarus
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Many thanks to all replied!
    igor
     
  9. jnanian

    jnanian Advertiser Advertiser

    Messages:
    19,987
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Location:
    local
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    igor, sorry for the mis-information,
    and thanks darkroomexperimente + gadget for setting me straight!

    john