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How to Make Slime

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How to Make Slime With Glue
A girl adds slime ingredients to a bowl

This slime recipe uses ordinary ingredients to make slime. 

  • Pour 1 cup of white glue into a mixing bowl
  • Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Mix the contents of the bowl thoroughly. 
  • Add more or less glue depending on your desired consistency. 
Mix in Food Coloring and Lens Cleaner
A child's hands mixing pink food coloring into bowl of slime
  • Squeeze eight drops of food coloring into a bowl. (Add more or less, depending on the shade you want.) 
  • Mix the glue, baking soda and food coloring until there are no white streaks.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of lens cleaner. If you don't have lens cleaner, you can use contact lens cleaner instead. 
  • Stir your slime mixture with a spoon until it starts to thicken.
  • Personalize this slime recipe with clear glue or fun mix-ins such as glitter and confetti. 

TIP: Make sure your lens or contact lens cleaner contains boric acid or sodium borate.

Knead the Slime
A child's hands mixing pink slime in a bowl
  • Put both of your hands into the mixing bowl and start kneading the slime. 
  • Add about 1/4 tablespoon of lens cleaner if the slime is too sticky. 
  • Rotate between kneading and adding lens cleaner until the consistency is right.
  • Store your slime in an airtight plastic bag, reusable plastic container or glass jar. 

Tip: Try vinegar as a cleaning solution when things get messy. 

How to Make Flubber
Child looking at a large bubble of pink slime

Flubber is a gooey and transparent type of slime. Learn how to make slime with borax with this slime recipe. 

  • Measure 1/2 cup of polyvinyl alcohol and pour into mixing bowl. 
  • Squeeze about eight drops of food coloring into the bowl. 
  • Stir food coloring into polyvinyl alcohol until it is a solid color.
  • Spice up your slime with confetti, glitter or other fun mix-ins.
  • Stir in 2 teaspoons of borax.
  • Stir the borax and glue mixture slowly until the slime sticks to your spoon in one large clump. 
  • Store your slime in an airtight plastic bag, reusable plastic container or glass jar. 

Tip: Try to not get the slime on your clothes or carpet. It can be difficult to remove, especially if it dries. 

How to Make Slime with Laundry Detergent
Girl looking through and holding a large piece of gooey slime

Here's how to make a goo or slime recipe using liquid laundry detergent instead of borax.

  • Fill a measuring cup with 1/2 cup of water and pour it into your mixing bowl. 
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of glue. (Add more or less depending on the consistency you want.)
  • Squeeze a few drops of food coloring into the mixture. 
  • Add glitter or other mix-ins if you wish.
  • Stir in about 1/4 cup of liquid laundry detergent. 
  • Stir until the slime starts to form a gooey texture. 
  • Stir in more laundry detergent until it's slimy enough for you.
  • Knead the slime with both hands until it’s firm. 
  • Store your slime in an airtight plastic bag, reusable plastic container or glass jar. 

Tip: Make sure small children understand that slime is not edible. 

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