How to make slime with contact solution

Fluffy Slime

Fluffy slime (or any slime)  is a great tool for getting kids interested in science. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home!

Mix up these three ingredients and a little food coloring of your choice, and start playing with fluffy slime. It’s a little stickier than other slime recipes, but it can easily come off your kids’ hands by sliding or rolling their hands together. It will stick to fabric, but can also be removed by sliding or rolling it. To be safe, have the kids wear old t-shirts and if you have carpet, put an old towel or sheet down.

Note: The contact solution must contain boric acid as an active ingredient. Most brands contain boric acid, but definitely double-check the label so that your slime comes out correctly. Contact solution is a diuretic so please don’t let young kids handle it and ensure your child washes their hands after playing with the slime as a precaution.

1 cup of glue

3 cups of shaving cream

5+ tbsp contact solution

A few drops of food coloring, to your liking

Fluffy slime ingredients: contact solution, elmer's glue, shaving cream

1. Empty your glue into a large bowl and add the food coloring little by little, mixing until you get your desired color.

Add food coloring to your fluffy slime glue

2. Add the shaving cream and mix well.  The mixture will start to get very thick and fluffy.

Add shaving cream to your fluffy slime

3. Now you are ready to add in your “slime activator” – the contact solution.  Add it in little by little, and keep stirring until you start getting the slime consistency.  Add smaller and smaller amounts towards the end.

Add contact solution to your fluffy slime

4. Stand back, and let the kids have fun!

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Years of Slime Failures

Have you ever seen a really cool slime recipe?

Over the past couple of years I’ve been so inspired by some of the amazing slime activities I’ve stumbled across. Yet, when I tried to make my own slime, every attempt was a complete and utter failure.

About six months ago I went on a massive shopping trip buying every possible ingredient. I had researched the science, read so many recipes. I was determined to make slime.

But after spending over 6 hours trying, all I had was a lot of wasted materials, batches of nasty, unusable gooey substances, and a splitting headache (that powdered borax always does a number on me!).

To say I was frustrated with slime making would be the understatement of the century. I put together a lot of our lessons learned and tips on slime here.

Slime safety and tips. Everything from understanding ingredients (and how they vary) to tips about soap residue. What you need to know about slime.

When looking up a slime recipe, one of the first things I noticed was that almost all of them called for liquid starch. As a Canadian I don’t have access to liquid starch. To demonstrate my own devotion to the slime cause, I even tried making my own liquid starch using a technique from an older military man, turned prepper. It still didn’t work!

Next I turned my attention to trying it with borax powder. Failure.

Plus the Canadian government advises against using borax powder around children, and I have lung and heart conditions that borax powder aggravates. So I ditched that idea pretty quickly.

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I spent hours reading labels and searching for the one, rare brand of detergent that I was promised would work. It still failed. Probably because the exact magical laundry detergent I was told to find, couldn’t be found anywhere, and the others were poor substitutes.

It shouldn’t have been so hard. All I needed was a substance that would give the glue some stiffness and remove the stickiness. There had to be another answer. Finally I found 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!

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


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

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  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.
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How to make slime – glue and Tide laundry detergent recipe


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


  • 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


  • 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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