Borax or Sodium Borate has a number of interesting uses:
- Cleaning out a skull brain cavity prior to mounting.
- Neutron absorber for nuclear reactors and spent fuel rod pools.
- Welding flux.
- Food additive (banned in most countries as it causes liver cancer)
- Fire retardant
- Gives fire a green tint.
One of the most brilliant and lengthy marketing campaigns in history cashed in on the mystique of Death Valley. The campaign to sell Borax detergent, douches and other Borax products evolved as technology changed:
- At first the mule teams and specially built wagons made appearances all over America during circuses, parades and other special events.
- In the 1920s, the marketing shifted to billboards as automobiles became more common.
- From 1931 to 1946 the radio program "Death Valley Days", hosted by a grizzled Old Ranger were a regular half hour feature.
- From 1952 to 1972 A TV program of the same name was produced by Gene Autry and sponsored by 20 Mule Team Borax. The Old ranger hosted 558 shows from 1952-65 and was replaced by Ronald Reagan. This program was the longest running American Western. The stories were based on true Death Valley events.