If you have a little one at home, you should already know what slime is. But for those who are new to it, slime is a type of jelly, a homemade modeling clay made from common household ingredients.
Sliming is an easy and fun activity for kids, and even adults. Once you learn the basic technique, there are no limits to the ideas you can try out. It is possible to create different color slimes, with glitter, transparent, crunchy, and even neon! In this post, you will learn the basics step by step, so that you can play with your little one!
There are many recipes for making slime, but some contain borax, a chemical that can cause eye irritation and can be harmful if swallowed. Using baking soda in your slime recipe is a good alternative without losing any of that oozy gooey appeal.
How do you make homemade slime?
Making slime is simple, but it takes practice to get to the right spot and create the slimy consistency that all kids love. Here are four diy slime recipes and slime ingredients that are easy, quick and inexpensive.you can make your slime at home and the ingredients you will need.
Slime with baking soda and glue
You can learn how to make slime with glue and baking soda easily. There are only three ingredients in this simple slime recipe with baking soda.
- 1 4-6 oz bottle of white liquid all-purpose glue or washable school glue
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1½ tablespoons buffered or multipurpose contact lens solution
- Optional: few drops of liquid food coloring to give your slime color
- Optional: Add from 2 tbsp up to 1/2 cup warm water to make your slime stretchier and oozier.
Pour the glue into a bowl. In a separate small bowl or measuring cup, add the baking soda, contact lens solution, and food coloring, if you are using it). Combine the baking soda solution with glue and mix with a spoon or with your hands. The slime will be quite sticky at first but will get less so with additional kneading. Adjust the texture to your preference by adding a pinch more baking soda for firmer slime and a bit more water for oozier slime.
Slime with baking soda and glitter glue
Clear glue is not quite the same as white glue, so you’ll need to adjust your recipe slightly.
- 4 oz. bottle of clear glue or colored glitter glue squeezed into a bowl
- 3 tbsp buffered or multipurpose contact lens solution, added to glue
- 1 tbsp fine colored glitter (if not using premixed glitter glue)
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 1 cup hot water from the tap
Dissolve the baking soda in the hot (not boiling) water and let cool to room temperature.
After mixing up your glue and contact lens solution, slowly add the baking soda and water a little at a time, mixing thoroughly as you go. Add until the slime is your preferred texture. Do not add the water all at once as you may not need it all. With this method, your slime will be more transparent and sparkly.
How to make slime without glue?
What if you are wondering how to make slime without glue? You can also make a great fluffy slime with these completely glue-free recipes.
Slime with baking soda and shampoo
- 1 cup of baking soda
- Shampoo or dish soap (about 1 tbsp)
- Optional: food coloring to make it pop!
This slime recipe is imprecise, so don’t worry about being exact with your measurements. Pour the 1 cup baking soda into a bowl. Squirt approximately 1 tbsp of dish soap or shampoo into the baking soda and stir. The slime will have the color of the shampoo or dish soap; add food coloring if desired. Add more shampoo until you have a creamy substance.
If you accidentally add too much shampoo and your slime becomes too runny, add a pinch more baking soda. Experiment to obtain the texture you prefer. Plain shampoo works best, but it will still work with a 2-in-1 shampoo plus conditioner. The resulting texture will be softer and more slippery.
Fluffy slime with baking soda
- 2/3 cup of white glue
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup water
- 2-3 cups of shaving cream – note: do not use shave gel.
- 1.5 tbsp of contact lens solution
- Liquid food coloring
First add your white glue to a bowl, and then add water and the baking soda. Make sure to mix it well. Now is the time to add the shaving cream into the bowl and mix. Be certain that you are using cream and not gel, otherwise it won’t work! The next step is to add the food coloring until you are satisfied with the color chosen! Give it a good mix and slowly add in the contact solution.
We like to add in 1 tablespoon, knead for 5 minutes and then add in the 1/2 tablespoon after kneading for some time. The slime will be very sticky when you’re kneading – and that’s normal!
The first tablespoon you add will let you start to knead it. The last 1/2 tablespoon will bring the stickiness down and it shouldn’t be sticking to your hands as much.The fluffy slime is MESSY when you’re making it. It is normal that it will stick to your hands as you’re kneading. If you find it is still too sticky – add some baby oil or lotion to your hands. You can also add more contact solution if it’s still too sticky, just a little bit at a time. If you add too much contact solution, the slime may become too hard and won’t be as stretchy to play with.
This is a fun craft to do for an indoor activity. We know you and your little ones will be making these slime recipes plenty of times throughout the year. The best part is that it is cheap to make! Your kids won’t get enough of this stuff! It is a little messy, so make sure to lay down a plastic tablecloth (a trash bag works too) so the slime doesn’t get on the table.
Don’t miss out on this wonderful family fun.