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billpauls
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Mix Borax and Chlorox?

Can you mix sodium tetraborate decahydrate (Borax) with sodium hypochlorite (liquid household bleach or Chlorox) in a solution? Is this dangerous or toxic? I heard never mix anything with bleach, but pool cleaners often use both chemicals at the same time. Thank you.

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Alexmadonik
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Re: Mix Borax and Chlorox?

Hello Bill,

Bleach is a strong oxidizing agent, so it will react with any reducing agent. With ammonia, the result is chloramine, a nasty gas. With hydrochloric acid, you get chlorine gas, even nastier. Borax can't be oxidized, so there's no problem.

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