June 17, 2024

What Is This New Borax TikTok Trend? These Are The Dangers

Get a load of this. There is yet another trend in social media that encourages you to put laundry detergent products in your mouth. A few years ago, it was the Tide Pod Challenge, which, as I covered it Forbes back in 2018, it meant putting a Tidal Pod in your mouth. Now, people on TikTok are telling you to get on the so-called “borax train” and put borax in your mouth. Yes, borax, commonly used as a booster for laundry detergent. And what kind of twist is being used to boost this TikTok trend? Well, some people claim that consuming borax can help treat a variety of things, from joint pain to eye swelling to mouth swelling to menstrual cramps to even cancer.

Yes, you can see a bunch of TikTokers begging you to get on the borax train at the beginning of the video posted by Chem Thug on the popular social media platform. Chem Thug then responded in this video with, “You need to get off this train.” Then he said, “Don’t eat [expletive] from the [expletive] laundry box, people.” Yes, when something is in a laundry box or bottle, that usually means it’s for laundry.

And, folks, your mouth and gastrointestinal tract are not a freaking washing machine. No matter how dirty your mouth is, you should not be putting Tide Pod or borax in your mouth. Borax, otherwise known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is a combination of boron, sodium and oxygen. It usually acts as a household cleaner or laundry detergent booster.

That means, unless you have a dirty pair of underwear, you should limit your direct exposure to borax as much as possible. This is usually the case with laundry products and household cleaners in general. When people say their hands are tied, that doesn’t mean they’re using Tide laundry detergent to wash their hands. Similarly, people should not use bleach as aromatherapy. The same goes for borax. Do not intentionally rub it on your skin or inhale it. It can cause all kinds of irritation. You shouldn’t be swallowing it either. If swallowed, borax can cause nausea, vomiting, throat damage or diarrhea – four things you don’t want to have. In fact, when consumed in larger amounts, borax can lead to kidney failure and shock.

At the same time, let’s clear up all these claims about eating scoops of borax or mixing borax into your coffee or drinks. Unless the goal is to create more health problems to distract you from your current health problems, these health claims for getting on the borax train are washed up, so to speak. There is currently no real scientific evidence that borax can relieve joint pain or any other ailments in any way.

Now, studies have been done on the use of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) against rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancer. Several studies have also been conducted on the relationship between dietary boron – present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and pulses – and bone health, brain function, and immune response, as described in s Nutrition Reviews publication. However, just because boron is present in borax does not mean that consuming borax would be the same as using BNCT or consuming boron contained in fruits and vegetables. That would be like saying that a cinder block with Nutella on it is okay to eat simply because of the Nutella. Or that a hydrogen bomb would be fine to get your pants down because, heck, there’s hydrogen in the air. BNCT, by the way, when you inject a boron-based reagent intravenously so that the reagent collects specific cells of interest and administers a neutron beam to these cells so that the boron captures these neutrons and creates a nuclear reaction that can subsequently destroy these cells.

If you think getting on the borax train is going to help your ailments, listen to him The 20 Mule Team Borax website says the following about borax: “Don’t build internally. If ingested rinse mouth with a large full glass of milk or water. Do not induce vomiting. Call a doctor immediately.” Yes, the borax train will not only be a train in vain, it could even be a train wreck.

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