How to make slime without Borax

Learn how to make slime without borax in our free step-by-step tutorial! Easy recipe on how to make slime with household items.

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Homemade slime is an easy, inexpensive way to keep the kids entertained over the holidays. It’s tactile and messy, what’s not to love? There are lots of different ways how to make slime, but in this tutorial, we show you how to make slime without borax.

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral which, until 2010, was widely available in the UK as an ingredient in household cleaning products like detergent. As an alkaline substance, when added to laundry it helped to whiten your whites by converting some of the water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. Since 2010 however, you are not able to buy borax in the UK as it has been reclassified as a substance potentially hazardous to health.

Borax was also an excellent activator when making slime, so – we need a substitute! Cue – contact lens solution. This is widely available in supermarkets and chemists, but you can also substitute in Elmer’s Magical Liquid which has been specifically created to be a slime activator!

We have two types of easy slime recipes for you to try, one basic slime recipe and one fluffy slime recipe.

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Ready? Let’s get slimy!


How to make easy slime without borax

This is the easiest slime recipe, and takes less than 10 minutes to make!

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Basic slime ingredients
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Step 1

Add approximately 200ml of white PVA glue to a mixing bowl. Don’t worry about being too precise with measurements!

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Step 2

Add in a few drops of food colouring, and mix well.

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Step 3

Add in two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda. Mix well.

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Step 4

Squirt in some contact lens solution (also called activator for the purposes of this article). If you don’t have any contact lens solution and are buying some specifically to make slime, a good alternative is to use Elmer’s Magical Liquid as it’s been specifically developed to create slime.

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Step 5

Gradually mix in the activator until it becomes sticky and starts coming away from the sides of the bowl.

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Step 6

Once it becomes too difficult to mix with a spoon, it’s time to get your hands in! Start kneading the slime with your hands, by stretching and squashing.

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Step 7

Add more solution if needed, until you achieve a ‘glob-like’ consistency.

Now add any additional bits, like glitter, googly eyes or plastic insects!

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Step 8

To prolong the life of your slime, keep it in an airtight container.

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How to make fluffy slime

Once you’ve mastered the easy slime recipe, you may like to try making fluffy slime! It’s essentially the same as basic slime (the recipe above), but with the addition of shaving foam. The shaving foam creates a smoother, more fluffy texture and adds volume to the mixture (i.e. you get a larger batch of slime for the same amount of glue). The shaving foam will also make it feel less wet. Depending on whether or not you use scented shaving foam, you may also end up with scented slime! So keep that in mind if you’re buying shaving foam especially to make slime.

How to make fluffy slime

Shopping List:

Fluffy slime ingredients

Step 1

Pour approximately 200ml of white PVA glue into a mixing bowl. Just like the basic slime recipe, you don’t need to be too specific with measurements!

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Step 2

Add food colouring to the PVA glue, and mix well. You might like to add a little more than for the basic slime recipe, as the addition of shaving foam later will dilute the colour.

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Step 3

Squirt in some shaving foam! But remember, it doesn’t have to be shaving foam, it can be foaming shaving gel (as I’m using here). This is because the action of mixing will turn the gel into a foam. Just make sure you’re using something that foams. Mix until you achieve a smooth-ish consistency.

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Step 4

Addin two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda, and mix well.

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Step 5

Now to add your activator, so go ahead and squirt on some contact lens solution or Elmer’s Magical Liquid.

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Step 6

As with the basic slime recipe, gradually mix in the activator until the mixture becomes sticky and starts coming away from the sides of the bowl.

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Step 7

Now get your hands in and start kneading the mixture by stretching and squashing the slime. Add more activator, a drop at a time, until you achieve a fluffy glob-like consistency.

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Step 8

Once you’re happy with the consistency, add in any extra bits that you like. Try adding googly eyes, glitter, sequins or plastic insects!

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How to fix sticky slime

If your slime seems too sticky, before reaching for more contact lens solution or Elmer’s Magical Liquid, try kneading the slime a little more (that is, stretching the slime then squishing it back together). It will take a while, but kneading encourages the chemical reaction that turns the glue into slime. If this still doesn’t work, add a little more activator, one drop at a time. Only add a drop at a time, because if you introduce too much into the recipe the slime will become too rubbery. If you are making a big batch of slime, you can afford to be more liberal with adding the activator, but if it’s a small batch, then you need to be very sparing with how much you add.

If your slime has become sticky after being left in a warm place for too long, then popping it in the refrigerator (or on a cold windowsill overnight) is a good trick to restore some of the original texture to the slime.


How to get slime out of clothes

There’s no doubt about it, slime is messy. And sometimes, it gets where it’s not supposed to. If you can, try and wear an apron when making slime, but it’s good to know how to get slime out of clothes if mistakes do happen.

  1. Remember slime is mostly glue, so first, pick off as much of the slime as you can. A spoon is a useful tool to scrape it off with!
  2. Next, put the effected clothing item into a container and pour on some vinegar. Make sure you fully saturate the area as vinegar helps to break down the slime.
  3. Use a soft scrub to release some of the smaller bits of slime from within the clothes fibres.
  4. Now, rinse with hot water.
  5. If there are any remaining bits of slime, repeat the vinegar-scrub-hot water process, until there are no bits of slime left. If the slime is being particularly stubborn, soak the stain in vinegar and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing.
  6. Then, when there are no visible stains left, add some washing up liquid over the area and rub the fabric together (just like you would in a hand wash). Using washing up liquid will help to break down the oils in the slime.
  7. Finally, wash in the washing machine as per that items instructions.