Borax has numerous industrial uses. it is dissolved in water to form an alkaline antiseptic solution that is used as a disinfectant, detergent, and water softener. it is also used in the manufacture of ceramics, paint, glass, and coated paper. < sponsored listing manufacturer prices industrial grade sodium tetraborate na2b4o7 borax borax has a wide variety of uses. it is a component of many detergents , cosmetics , and enamel glazes. it is a component of many detergents , cosmetics , and enamel glazes. Borax, boric acid, calcium borate and sodium perborate account for 99 per cent of the industrial applications in tonnage (production being over two million tons annually) and monetary terms. several other metal borates, fluoborates and refractory compounds (including alloys) are used at Fact. many boron-containing lubricating oils are consumed in automotive (eg, motor oil, transmission fluids) and aviation applications. others are used in industrial applications (eg, greases, gearbox and metal-forming lubricants) or in non-lubricating uses, such as working fluid in hydraulic pumps.