Project Guide

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. 
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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
  • Stir your slime mixture with a spoon until it starts to thicken.


Tip: Personalize this slime recipe with clear glue or fun mix-ins such as glitter and confetti. 

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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. 

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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. 



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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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