My daughter and I have had fun creating Borax crystal formations by dissolving Borax in warm water, inserting a sponge medium then allowing evaporation to crystallize the Borax to the formation. However, both the glass vase and non-stick cooking pot that we used now have Borax crystals strongly adhered to the surface - to the point that they cannot be scraped away. So far, we have tried soaking in vinegar to no effect.
I'm hoping there's an obvious solution that we can apply to simply dissolve the formed Borax crystals.
Did you try boiling water to dissolve them?
Also I recommend doing your science experiments in containers that are of little / no value... don't use the expensive cookware.
What was the type of non stick cookware used? If it was teflon, I can't imagine the borax reacting with it so it should dissolve with water, low pH and heat in that order.
If it was a different type of non-stick cookware, it sounds like the borax may have complexed with the metals in the cookware forming an insoluble compound. If this was the case, the cookware is probably permanently damaged and the best you could do is grind the material off which would ruin the surface of the cookware but remove the borate complex.
I don't have a good home remedy, but base will be much more effective than acid in removing/dissolving borax crystals. In a lab/industrial setting I would would use an aqueous NaOH soln. I am not sure if an ammonia based solution will work as well. Soaking at least overnight.
I know this an old thread. You remove borax crystals by using hot water as hot as you can stand it and professional dawn dish soap. Thats what I use. Though I use it to remove borax crystals from the hair on the beaver feet key chains I make. If it will work for hair I think it would work for glass and metal.
My daughter and I have been having a blast creating Borax crystal formations, but we're now facing a challenge. The Borax crystals have strongly adhered to both a glass vase and a non-stick cooking pot, making it impossible to remove them by scraping alone. We've attempted soaking the affected surfaces in vinegar, but unfortunately, it hasn't been effective in dissolving the Borax crystals. We're now seeking advice on alternative solutions bitcoin education or methods to dissolve the formed Borax crystals and restore the glass and metal surfaces to their original state. Regards
Hot running water as hot as you can stand it and dawn professional. I use this for removing borax crystals off the beaver feet as well as the pickling containers.
I make keychains from the feet of animals I trap. I soak the feet in 70% iso alcohol for a week and then a week in a borax bath. Borax crystals form on the glass containers and on the hair of the feet. Gotta remove those crystals before I can dry them or clean the container.
Using hot running water as hot as you can stand it and dawn professional dissolves the crystals and cleans the glass containers quite nicely.
To dissolve Borax crystals that have adhered to glass and metal surfaces, you can follow these steps:
Materials you'll need:
Prepare the Cleaning Solution: Start by preparing a cleaning solution. Mix warm water with a small amount of dish soap or mild detergent. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of equal parts warm water and white vinegar, which can be effective for breaking down Borax residue.
Soak the Affected Area: If the Borax crystals have just adhered recently, soaking the affected area in warm water for a few minutes can help loosen the crystals and make them easier to remove.
Scrub Gently: Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub the area with the cleaning solution. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals as they may damage the glass or metal surface.
Use a Plastic Scraper (if needed): If the Borax crystals are particularly stubborn, you can use a plastic scraper to carefully scrape them off the surface. Be gentle to avoid scratching the glass or metal.
Rinse Thoroughly: Once you've removed the Borax residue, rinse the glass or metal surface thoroughly with clean water. This will ensure all the cleaning solution and remaining Borax are washed away.
Dry the Surface: Use a dry and clean cloth to wipe the glass or metal surface dry.