How to Make Slime: 4 Easy DIY Slime Recipes to Try At Home

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My 4.5-year-old is obsessed with slime (also known as silly putty, flubber, or gak). Thankfully at her age she is relatively neat with it and I almost regard it as a clean activity in the same way play dough is. Here are four DIY slime recipes we have tried so far at home:

1. Slime with glue + borax

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I honestly favour slime recipes that use glue and borax. This combination results in lovely elasticky slime that is great to stretch and mould, comes cleanly off the hands, and lasts a long time.

To make this slime, you need:

  • 1/2 cup white PVA glue
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teapsoon of borax dissolved in 1 tablespoon of warm water
  • Optional: Food colouring/paint, glitter, foam beads etc

Mix the glue with a few drops of food colouring or paint and the water. Slowly start adding the borax mixture, stirring with a spoon as you go. When it starts clumping, you can get your hands in there and knead it until it comes cleanly off the bowl. If it is feeling sticky and is not coming cleanly off your hands, add a little more borax water to it. After playing, keep the slime in an airtight container. If you remember to put it away after each play and do not leave it to dry out for extended periods, it can last for months!​

galaxy slime

“Galaxy slime” made by mixing a glittery white slime (no colour) with a glittery purple slime

2. Slime with shampoo + cornstarch (no borax)

In some countries, you can’t buy borax off the shelf. A friend who lived in such a country asked whether I’ve tried to do a shampoo/cornstarch recipe and I said no, but I was willing to give it a shot! So she sent me the recipe to try. By the way, cornstarch is also know as cornflour, as it is in Australia.

Shampooslime

The original recipe called for:

  • 2 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup shampoo
  • Food colouring
  • 6-9 tablespoons water

I thought that was a lot though so we scaled down the recipe to make a smaller batch. You’re meant to combine the shampoo, cornstarch, and food colouring until crumbly, then mix in water one tablespoon at a time until gooey. 

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The end result felt like a thick oobleck (which is cornstach + water). It acts like oobleck in that it is a non-Newtonian fluid. You could squeeze it into a ball, then release it and watch it drip/melt down your fingers. It was a little messy to make though (as evidenced in the previous pic) and the more we played with it, the more it dried out and became a little powdery. I guess if you wanted to keep it for further play, you would have to add water to make it sticky again. Honestly we weren’t too keen on it so we just put it aside to dry out until solid, after which we cracked it up into little pieces for some fun sensory play (looks like little candy pieces and the kids can pour and scoop it and pretend to cook with it).

One thing is for sure though- shampoo slimes smells AH-MAY-ZING!

3. Slime with contacts lens solution

Another alternative to using pure borax is contact lens solution which contains boric acid (be sure to check the ingredients). This is a great cheap option for those who already use contact lens.

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What you need:

  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon contact lens solution
  • Optional: Food colouring/paint, glitter, foam beads etc

Mix all the ingredients in the bowl with a spoon until it comes cleanly off the bowl and your hands. If too sticky, add more contact lens solution. The end result is lovely smooth slime that is just as good as recipes that call for pure borax powder.

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4. Fluffy slime with shaving cream/foam

Okay so this doesn’t look very fluffy in the photos below but I promise you it did feel that way initially. By the time I got round to taking the photos I think all the kneading and playing took out the fluff factor and made it appear more like regular slime. My daughter chose to add red food colouring and I thought it really just looked like a big wad of chewing gum in the end.

shavingcreamslime

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup shaving cream/foam
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon contact lens solution
  • Optional: Food colouring/paint

Mix all the ingredients together with the contact lens solution being last and watch your slime come together! Add more contact lens solution if it’s too sticky for your liking. The fluffiness of the shaving cream/foam makes this a lovely sensory activity for the kids. We used a cheapo shaving cream though and it just had a strong citrusy fragrance that was quite overpowering in a not-so-good kind of way! With this slime we ended up making slime bubbles (use a straw to blow it up) and moulding it around her LOL Surprise Dolls as clothes.

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Have fun making slime and remember this very important tip: SLIME COMES OFF CLOTHES/CARPET/HAIR WITH THE HELP OF WHITE VINEGAR.

 

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