How to make slime with borax

Are your children enthralled with how to make slime?  You know that goo that you can’t keep your hands out of. Join the slime craze and learn how with this recipe. Time to play with slime!

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This safe DIY slime recipe is completely worry-free. Super easy and FUN! My daughter says it is so addictive!

I recently learned that liquid starch may contain borax. We found out that contact lens solution can act as the binder instead of the borax.  This recipe produces a stretchy smooth extra fluffy slime and uses contact solution instead of Borax.

Slime Ingredients

It doesn’t take many items to make slime. Just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry and you can make super stretchy fluffy slime!

You will need:

  • washable school glue
  • food coloring
  • Baking Soda & Contact Solution

Baking soda will combine with the boric acid in contact solution to make borate, the same crosslinking solution that Borax contains. This mixture becomes the slime activator. The saline solution needs to contain active ingredients like sodium borate and boric acid. So yes, even this slime has a touch of borax.  Borax powder and liquid starch can also be used as the slime activator

  • shaving cream – this will make your slime super fluffy

Slime Recipe

Now let’s learn how to make fluffy slime the safe way.  This borax free slime recipe that is perfectly slimy! Your kids will be playing with it for hours and making slime over and over again. All you need are simple ingredients found in your pantry. There is no need to add water.

  • 1/2 cup washable school glue
  • food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup shaving cream
  • 1 tablespoon contact lens solution

Measure glue into a bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring.  Once it is the desired color add a few more drops. The shaving cream will make the color lighter. Mix in baking soda then shaving cream, Stir in contact lens solution and mix. The mixture will start to come together. Remove mixture from bowl and knead with hands. The slim will be sticky. The more the slime is played with the less sticky it becomes.

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How do you make slime?

Let us show you how to make slime in six easy steps. This is amazing homemade slime that is safe and borax powder free.  We make slime with shaving cream to make it fluffy.

1. Measure 1/2 cup glue

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2. Add color. Add more food coloring than you think you need. The shaving cream will make it lighter.

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3. Add in 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda and mix.

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4. Next, add 1/4 cup shaving cream. This slime ingredient makes this fluffy slime!

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5. Stir in 1 tablespoon contact lens solution.

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Mix all the ingredients until mixture starts to come together.

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6. Remove from bowl.  The mixture will be sticky.

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Keeping working and will become perfectly slimy and not sticky the more you work with it.

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The girls added a bit more color so it would be really bright! It is best to add the color with the glue.  It was more difficult to mix in the color at the end. Now you know how to make slime!

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Have your children experienced the slime craze? We can’t get enough slime. We have made green, purple, blue, pink……………………..one gallon of glue worth of slime at our house has been used. Don’t stop with plain school glue. Glitter glue makes a great galaxy slime!

Tips for Homemade Slime

  • We have found that using different glues only produce slightly different textures of slime. So try different glues….. like clear glue and glitter glue!
  • Use food coloring, liquid or gel to make colored slime. We have even used glow in the dark paint!
  • Don’t worry if it is sticky at first.  The more you work with it the less sticky it becomes. How do you make slime less sticky? We have found adding a bit more of the contact solution does the trick.
  • The food coloring will stain hands. We have found that it comes off in about a day.  If this is worrisome just wear gloves.
  • Be creative! This is a great kids activity that allows them to experiment with great results.
  • Children’s hands can be sensitive. Always wash hands after playing with slime.
  • Is your slime too sticky? Don’t worry here are all the ways to make slime less sticky.
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How to make slime 5 different ways!

Look! Slime you can see through. Changing the type of glue you use can make slime so clear you can see through it.

Clear Slime Recipe

clear slime

Mesmerize kids with this slime that glows in the dark. This recipe uses glow in the dark paint. Now, though you can also purchase glow in the dark glue.

Glow in the Dark Slime

glow in the dark slime

This slime/gak uses liquid starch. While liquid starch contains a bit of borax it is much more friendly to the skin. I was shocked to see on the news where kids were actually getting burns from the borax. This two-ingredient slime should be just fine.

How to make Gak

how to make gak

It only takes 3 ingredients to make this butter slime. The addition of clay makes this slime hold its shape.

Butter Slime Recipe

3 ingredient butter slime

If you don’t have glue you can make slime without glue. This slime uses 3 in one shampoo. It isn’t as stretchy as regular slime but is still fun to play with. Warm hands do cause this slime to melt.

How to make slime without glue

how to make slime without glue

We are always looking for more recipe variations and are going to try this 3 ingredient slime that uses salt. It is as much fun to watch this goo being made as it is to make so check out this video.

Now you know how to make slime! If your kids love slime they will LOVE oobleck. Have you ever made it?

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How make slime – glue and borax recipe

The best part about making slime, it’s science preschoolers will love. You can color your slime whatever color you’d like. We ended up making 4 different batches, experimenting with various additives and quantities, so in the end, our mixed slime looked pretty gross!

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If you don’t want to make your own slime, you can always get a Slime Kit.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup school glue
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1 cup water

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Directions

  1. Mix 1/2 glue (about one bottle school glue) with 1/2 cup water. Mix well.
  2. Dissolve 1 tsp borax in 1 cup water. Slowly stir borax solution into glue solution. The more borax solution you add, the stiffer the slime will become.

How to make slime – glue and Tide laundry detergent recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup school glue
  • 1/4 cup liquid Tide laundry detergent

Directions

  • Combine water and school glue, mix well. Slowly stir in Tide until slime forms

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Detergent and Borax Free Slime

  • 1/2 cup school glue
  • 1/2 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of contact lens solution

Directions

  • Mix the glue and baking soda in a bowl then add the contact solution until the mixture begins to thicken.

Making slime tips

  • Always add the borax or laundry detergent to the glue solution to allow for more control over the consistency of the slime.
  • If you’d like to add color or extras to your slime such as fragrance or glow liquids, make sure to add these extras to the glue solution before adding the laundry detergent.
  • These ingredients are non-toxic, however should not be eaten and should be handled with adult supervision and all utensils washed thoroughly.

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