How to make slime with shaving cream

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!

stretching out fluffy slime

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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.

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

safe slime add glue

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

safe slime add coloring

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

safe slime add baking soda

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

safe slime add shaving cream

5. Stir in 1 tablespoon contact lens solution.

safe slime add contact lens solution

Mix all the ingredients until mixture starts to come together.

safe slime mix with spoon

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

safe slime mixing sticky

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

slime stretching

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!

safe slime

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.

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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Here’s what you need for snow slime:

  • 3 cups shaving cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1/2 cup Poly-Fil micro beads
  • 1-2 tablespoons saline solution
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • mat
  • plastic animals to play with

Here’s how to make snow slime:

  1. Pour three cups of shaving cream into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 cup glue. Mix together.
  3. Stir in 1/2 cup of foam micro beads. This doesn’t need to be exact, but I found a half cup worked well.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of saline solution into the mix. Stir and watch the mixture turn to slime! (We call this ingredient the “magic water”!)
  5. Pour a little bit of saline solution onto a mat, such as a cutting board. Place a little saline solution onto your hands and then knead the solution until it’s no longer sticky.
  6. Then invite your child to play with the slime!
  7. We added animals to the slime and had fun with imaginary play.
  8. After playing, you can store the slime in a sealed container for a few days.
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snow slime in a ball

Ingredients for Slime

Now y’all might be curious where to get some of these ingredients for making these slime creations. Let’s cover some of the stuff you’ll need most:

  • Elmer’s glue: now you can get Elmer’s glue just about anywhere, but the best one to get is the gallon sized glue containers. That gives you quite a bit to work with so you can try multiple different recipes.
    • Can be picked up in stores or on Amazon
  • Food coloring: this can be found at any grocery store, you don’t need any specific brand and the color all depends on way your preference.
  • Liquid starch: again, this can be found in the laundry detergent aisle at most grocery stores. Sta-flo is what we used, but you can use any brand
  • Baking soda: can be found in the baking aisle of any grocery store. Any brand will work, we used Arm and Hammer though.
  • Borax powder: now this ingredient can be harder to find. If your grocery store carries it then you can find it near the laundry detergent. If they don’t have it, you can buy some on Amazon (like this here).

General Note: We have absolutely no affiliation with Elmer’s glue, it just happens to be the best glue to use with slime. You can use other glues, but they may not turn out as well as the Elmer’s does.

How To Make Slime Without Glue (Recipe & Ingredients)

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

If you don’t have an entire tub of glue around the house, and can’t get out to go get some for whatever reason, then you can actually make slime that has no glue in it. These recipes do not require any glue, and actually quite a few them are also borax free. These slimes will be different than the other slime recipes in this guide, so don’t expect super gooey slimes with these glue free recipes.

Slime Recipe without Glue

This is a cool recipe that is actually made with cornstarch and contains no glue (or borax, for that matter). Supplies you’ll need for non-glue slime:

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • Food coloring
  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • Mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons

Steps To Make Slime Without Glue

  • Step 1: heat up 1 cup of water, but do not let it boil or simmer
  • Step 2: pour the warm water into a bowl and add you food coloring
  • Step 3: measure out 2 cups of cornstarch and pour your warm, and colored, water into the cornstarch
  • Step 4: mix the 2 together, and keep the temp regulated as you work.
    • if your slime is too watery add more cornstarch
  • Step 5: you will know when your slime is perfect when it feels dry to the touch but is still viscous

Non-glue alternative: Powered fiber slime

We got this recipe from WikiHow, and though we weren’t super crazy about it we decided to share it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered fiber
  • Food coloring

Here are the instructions to making this slime without glue. I will say they are pretty involved instructions that took longer than the other recipes we tried on this list.

  • Step 1: mix in 1 teaspoon of your fiber powder with 1 cup of water
  • Step 2: add in your food coloring and mix well
  • Step 3: microwave your mixture for about 5 minutes or so on high
  • Step 4: let the mix stand about 3 minutes then mix it up and stick it back into the microwave about 5 more times, repeating the process of letting it cool, mixing then heating

The whole thing takes about 20 minutes or so, and (to me) the slime is not worth that amount of time. But, it does not contain any glue, nor does it contain borax.

Dish soap slime without glue:

This recipe is a little different in that it actually uses dish soap. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1.5 tablespoons of dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Mixing bowl

Here’s how to make this slime:

  • Step 1: pour about 1.5 tablespoons of dish soap (we used Dawn) into a bowl
  • Step 2 (optional): you can mix in your glitter and food coloring now, but this step is optional
  • Step 3: add in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in with your soap and mix well
  • Step 4: knead the slime until it is the perfect consistency

Shampoo and salt slime without glue:

To me, this is one of the easier recipes that don’t require glue to do. Here is what you will need:

  • Shampoo (the thinker the better)
  • Body wash (optional, it will help thicken your slime)
  • Salt

Follow these instructions to make your salty shampoo slime:

  • Step 1: pour out some shampoo into a bowl, the thicker than shampoo the gooier the slime
  • Step 2 (optional): add in some body wash if you want your slime to be thicker
    • Mix until the 2 are thoroughly blended
  • Step 3: add salt and stir in, adding enough salt to the mixture to thicken
    • Add a pinch at a time until it thickens up, there isn’t a set amount since brands are different
  • Step 4: freeze the slime for 20 minutes, then it is ready to play with

After a while you may need to refreeze it if it becomes too runny.

Shampoo-y and toothpaste-y slime

This recipe calls for toothpaste and shampoo, and is just as easy as the previous shampoo slime. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 in 1 shampoo (2 in 1 actually works better than normal shampoo)
  • Toothpaste

Here are the steps to make this simple 2 ingredient slime:

  • Step 1: pour some of the 2 in 1 shampoo into a bowl
  • Step 2: add in the same amount of toothpaste
    • Any kind of toothpaste will work, just make sure you have the same amount of toothpaste and shampoo
  • Step 3: mix the slime well until it looks and feels like putty
  • Note: If you need to adjust the consistency you can add more of whatever substance
    • If it is too thick add more shampoo
    • If too thin add more toothpaste

This will turn into more of a putty-slime than the gooey slime, but it is still fun to play around with.

At Home Fluffy Slime Recipe

You might think that making slime is a difficult and tedious job, but that really is not the case. In fact, fluffy slime only requires 5 ingredients. Once you see how simple this slime is, you’ll realize not only how simple this is, but you can make slime with your kids. It helps them learn science and have fun, and it helps you spend time with them. Or if you don’t have kids, like me, then you get to make some awesome slime to play with.

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What you’ll need to make regular super fluffy slime

To make fluffy slime you will need:

  • Foam shaving cream
  • Lots of Elmer’s glue (a tub will work best)
  • Food coloring (this is technically optional, but colored slime is neat looking)
  • Baking soda
  • Baby oil (another optional ingredient)
  • Contact solution (saline)
  • Bowl to mix in
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Instructions

To make fluffy slime follow these steps here:

  • Step 1: add around 1/2 a cup of glue to a container
  • Step 2 (optional): add food coloring
    • for a lighter color only add a few drops
    • for darker color add more than a few drops
  • Step 3: mix the glue and food coloring well
  • Step 4: mix in about 4 cups of foam shaving cream
  • Step 5: add about 1/4 of a teaspoon f baking soda
  • Step 6: add in 1 tablespoon of contact solution
  • Step 7: mix everything together
    • Kneading the solution combines everything best
  • Step 8 (optional): once your slime is thoroughly mixed you can add in a little bit of baby oil so the slime won’t stick to everything

Fluffy snow slime

Here is another recipe that requires only 3 ingredients that is great to make in the wintertime.

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What you will need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Shaving cream
  • Contact solution WITH boric acid
  • Bowl to mix in
  • measuring cup and spoon

Here’s how to make 3 ingredient fluffy slime:

  • Step 1: pour 1/2 a cup of glue into your bowl
  • Step 2: add in 1.5 cups of foam shaving cream
  • Step 3: mix to combine glue and shaving cream
  • Step 4: mix in 2.5 tablespoons of the contact solution SLOWLY
  • Step 5: you will be done mixing when the slime doesn’t stick to the edges of the bowl and forms into a ball
  • Step 6: knead well until the slime isn’t sticky
    • if it is too sticky to handle you can add more contact solution to thin it out a bit

The fluffy snow slime is my personal favorite. It is extremely squishy and the white color looks really neat. It also runs no risks of staining anything, which is also useful with younger kids… and some adults.

How To Make Slime Without Borax (Recipe & Ingredients)

When you make slime a lot of recipes call for borax or boric acid. That is what gives the slime the sticky viscosity and makes it almost runny. It is, for the most part, a very safe thing to use in slime. However, it can be a skin irritant and people can have an allergy to borax, and it should not be eaten (what kid doesn’t put slime into their mouth?). And, borax is not something most people have sitting around at home. Even if you aren’t sure if you or your child are allergic to boric acid, it can’t hurt to make some slime without borax in it. So, here are a few recipes to make slime that does NOT contain borax.

Now there is a controversy about borax and its safety

Note: None of the recipes on this will include Borat either.

Very nice. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Borax free goo

This is actually one of the easier slimes to make in this guide. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Liquid starch
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Mix together 1/2 a cup of liquid starch with 1 cup of your Elmer’s glue
  • Step 2: mix well and add food coloring

Like I said, this is an extremely easy slime to make and the gooey-ness is a lot of fun to play around with.

Heat sensitive borax free slime (AKA lava slime)

This recipe is actually courtesy from cNet (can be found here). This is also called volcano slime because when you stick it in the microwave it melts and seems like lava. Here’s what you will need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Cornstarch
  • Mixing bowl, measuring cup and spoon, and your microwave

Here’s how to make your lava slime:

  • Step 1: put 1/4 cup of Elmer’s glue into a bowl and mix it with 1/2 a cup of cornstarch
  • Step 2 (optional): add some food coloring – we used red so it looks all lava-ee
  • Step 3: mix your slime well and then knead with your hands
  • Step 4: stick your slime in the microwave for about 20 seconds
  • Step 5: let slime cool, then knead again

After that you can stick your slime in the microwave (for 20 seconds) and when it is melty it can look like awesome, and slimey, lava.

Super slimy borax free slime

Here are the ingredients you will need to make super slimy slime:

  • Eye drops or borax free contact solution
  • Baking soda
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring
  • Of course, a bowl, mixing spoon, and measuring cups and spoons

Instructions:

  • Step 1: pour 1/2 a cup of Elmer’s glue into your bowl
  • Step 2: add your food coloring (I personally added about 15 drops to make it super colorful)
  • Step 3: add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda to your mixture
  • Step 4: add in your eye drops about 10 to 15 drops at a time while still mixing
    • You will notice the consistency changing, in total I added about 50 drops total
  • Step 5: put a few drops of your eye drops onto your hands and knead the slime by hand

This recipe was extremely easy to do, just make sure you buy a big enough container of eye drops because you end up using quite a bit of it.

Baby powder slime

This recipe is super simple to make, and who doesn’t want to play with something called baby powder slime? And before you ask, no, it isn’t made with real babies. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring
  • Baby powder (can also use talc but “talc slime” doesn’t sound as cool)

How to do it:

  • Step 1: pour 1/2 a cup of glue into a bowl
  • Step 2: add some food coloring to your glue
  • Step 3: mix the glue and food coloring well
  • Step 4: add 1/2 cup of baby powder and mix well

This particular recipe creates a very slimy and sticky slime, and it is extremely fun to play with.

How To Make Slime With Borax (Recipe & Ingredients)

The recipes in this section all have borax in them. Now, the really slimy slimes all contain borax (also called boric acid). If you or your child have any allergy to borax then stick to the recipes that do not contain any boric acid in them. Now, some of these recipes do require actual borax powder. Borax is something you can find in your local grocery market’s laundry detergent section, but if you can’t find it there you can actually get some on Amazon (like this here).

Flubber

This is the “traditional” slime that you can either buy at the store or make yourself. And, it is pretty much the slime from the movie Flubber, so maybe your batch will contain an adorable little green blob with a massive personality. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Borax powder
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Here is how to make this traditional slime:

  • Step 1: pour about 1/2 a cup of Elmer’s glue into a bowl
  • Step 2: Add your food coloring
  • Step 3: activate the slime
    • Mix about 1/2 a teaspoon of borax into 1/2 a cup of hot water
    • Stir like crazy until the borax is dissolved (some tiny chunks are okay)
  • Step 4: slowly mix the borax water into the glue, stirring continuously
    • Use all the borax mixture, don’t skimp out
  • Step 5: the slime will combine pretty quickly, and after you mix it together well begin kneading the mixture to work out any clumps that may show up

That’s it y’all, it is that simple to make great slime in the comfort of your own home. You can also add in glitter and things like that into this mix to make it more unique, but we will delve into the world of glittery slime later on in the guide.

Clear slime

This slime is clear, no food coloring or glitter. And it is awesome looking. Here are the things that you’ll need to make clear slime:

  • 1 teaspoon of borax powder
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 4 ounces of clear Elmer’s glue

Here’s how to make this slime:

  • Step 1: Mix up your borax solution
    • 1 teaspoon of borax powder mixed well with 1 cup of hot water
  • Step 2: dump your clear glue into a bowl and mix your borax solution into it
    • Add it in slowly, just like in the recipe above
    • If you add it in too quickly your slime will pretty instantly harden and you will have to restart… take it from me
  • Step 3: once your two solutions are thoroughly mixed you can knead your slime together until it becomes the perfect mix

If your slime gets a little too hard you can stick it in an air tight container for a while and it will be good to go.

How To Make Slime With Glue (Recipe & Ingredients)

The recipes in this section can range and vary in the type of slime, but they all have one thing in common; they all have glue in them. These recipes are all similar but they produce different results, so let’s go over some.

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Simple slime

This is a great slime to try out with your kids because it is easy to do and does not contain any borax. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Baking soda
  • Food coloring
  • Contact solution (with boric acid)

Here’s how to make this very simple slime:

  • Step 1: dump 1 cup of Elmer’s glue into your mixing bowl of choice
  • Step 2: add in about 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your glue pile
  • Step 3 (optional): add in your choice of food coloring
    • We used about 10 drops of some blue food coloring and it looked great
  • Step 4: add in a couple squirts of your contact solution creating the slimy slime you are looking for
  • Step 5: mix your slime up well to incorporate everything

Radioactive slime

This is actually some of my favorite slime recipes on this list. Here’s what you need:

  • Elmer’s clear glue (you can use the white glue, but we preferred the clear)
  • Borax
  • Water
  • Food coloring (green and yellow work best)
  • Yellow highlighter (optional, but freakin’ awesome)

Here’s what you need to do to make it:

  • Step 1: mix up your borax solution
    • Use 1 cup of hot water and dissolve borax into it, stirring constantly
  • Step 2: mix up 1/2 a cup of glue with 1 cup of water
  • Step 3: drop 4 drops of green food coloring and 4 drops of yellow food coloring to make the slime look radioactive
  • Step 4: mix the glue and borax solution slowly
  • Step 5: break open a yellow highlighter and mix the ink into your slime
    • Under a black light your radioactive slime just became a little more radioactive

Starry slime

This is very similar recipe to other slime recipes on the list, but this one packs a little something extra. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Elmer’s clear glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Water
  • Star confetti (this is our extra)

Here’s how to make this starry concoction:

  • Step 1: Mix together 1/2 a cup of liquid starch with 1 cup of your Elmer’s glue
  • Step 2: mix mixture well to make sure it is all incorporated
  • Step 3: now you can add your star confetti to the mix, as well as any food coloring you might want to add

Like I said, this is similar to other recipes but this has a little confetti thrown in.

Unicorn sand slime

This one is a really cool, and super fun, slime to make. Here’s what you need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Food coloring
  • Fine sand

 Here’s how to make this unicorn sand:

  • Step 1: mix together your 1/2 cup of Elmer’s glue with 1 cup of water
  • Step 2: stir in your food coloring (and repeat if necessary for other colors)
  • Step 3: add in your sand now to the mixture (about 1/2 a cup will do), making sure you incorporate it as much as possible
  • Step 4: next you will need to stir in your liquid starch, there is no exact measurement
    • Just keep kneading until it isn’t sticky

This slime is great because it is so unique because it has the sand in it. That sand gives a great feel that can keep anyone occupied for a while (including kids and adults).

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How do we get slime from glue?

School glue is actually water with a small amount of a chemical called polyvinyl acetate in it.  In a way, it is basically an incomplete plastic.  The polyvinyl acetate molecules in school glue move separately past each other while the glue is wet, but set firm when it is dry.  This is what sticks things together.

When borax in water meets these same glue molecules, it forms countless weak bonds between them (like loose connections), so they don’t move past each other as easily.  They move together, but are not set.  The material is now a slowly flowing, elastic polymer, like a soft, goopy plastic. See figure below.

Instead of polyvinyl acetate in school glue, the most serious slime makers may obtain polyvinyl alcohol, a related chemical, said to make more and better slime.  But, they still need the borax.

Borax Image

Do my kids have to say good bye to the slime?

Probably not, as long as some ground rules are followed.  This is a parental decision; you know what is best for your child.  If you choose to allow slime manufacture and play in your home, there are ways to keep kids safe by minimizing their exposure to the borax.

  • Young children or others who may put the slime in their mouth should play only with edible slime made with food.
  • Non-borax recipes that use starch are safer overall than the ones that use borax.
  • Pregnant women should avoid borax-slime recipes.
  • Making slime with borax should be supervised by an adult; it is a chemical and needs to be treated as such.
  • It is best to use disposable dishes and silverware for making slime rather than every-day kitchen dishes that normally hold food or beverages.
  • Keep the box or container of borax closed and out of reach of small children, even when it is out of the cabinet during “slime-time.”
  • Scooping the borax from the container should be done carefully to keep dust out of the air and prevent spilling. If it does spill, clean powder up by sweeping, and then wiping down the spill area with a wet paper towel to pick up the remaining dust.  Sweepings and paper towels can go in the household trash.
  • Be aware that the borax in water is a drinking accident waiting to happen. Don’t leave the solution in a container that someone could mistake for a beverage.  Pour unused or leftover solution into the sink drain immediately.
  • Ideally, gloves should be worn while mixing the borax-slime to keep the skin protected from the borax.
  • After all the mixing is done, including the colors, beads, glitter, etc., take off the gloves and wash hands and arms thoroughly, but gently with soap and water.
  • ABSOLUTELY there should be no eating or drinking or food preparation while making or playing with borax-slime. Since small amounts of material can get into the mouth from the fingers, why take the chance of any amount being eaten?
  • Consider limiting the amount of time your child plays with the borax-slime. There is no hard and fast rule, but thirty minutes to an hour a day seems reasonable.
  • Always wash hands after touching or playing with slime.
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