Sodium borate is a salt of boric acid. Solutions of borate have numerous uses. They can be used as biochemical buffers in chemical laboratories, as termite treatment and as a means of clearing ground ivy. Sodium borate sold under the brand name Borax is a common laundry additive. When borate crystals are heated, they form shapes that resemble popcorn. Borate is water soluble and different concentrations of solution are recommended for different jobs.

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Water-soluble borate is usually mined in dry places like Death Valley.

Step 1

Weigh out 10 oz. of sodium borate powder using a kitchen scale. Measure 1/2 cup of hot water using a measuring cup.

Step 2

Pour the borate into the hot water in the measuring cup and stir with a spoon.

Step 3

Fill a five-gallon bucket halfway to the top with cold water.

Step 4

Pour the borate solution into the five-gallon bucket. Stir with a spoon. Solution will be suitable for ground-ivy control.