Every kid loves slime! There’s just something amazing and bizarre about it that attracts every child and one of the coolest things to play with! They can be stretched and they have a variety of colors!
If you have a kid, the first thing they’ll do is ask you to buy them a slime. However, you could actually make one in your home!
By mixing a household chemical called borax with water and liquid glue, you’ll be able to make a slime.
The awesome-looking object in the photo below is the crystal form of the borax.
Since the powdered form of borax easily dissolves in water and can be found in any grocery store or online store, moms can utilize it to create slime for their kids.
If you plan to make one, you can check out The King of Random’s guide for more detailed instructions or you can simply check the video below.
But if you’re still not comfortable with using borax, here are a few ways to create your own slime at home without the need for that chemical. Follow the do-it-yourself projects below.
All you need is cornstarch for the simplest of all slime recipes. Pour some water into a bowl, add the cornstarch, and start mixing them. To get the consistency of the slime that you’re looking for, just keep adding water. About 1 part water to 2 parts cornstarch make a good consistency for the slime. To make it look more awesome, just add food coloring.
After that, you’ll then get what Dr. Seuss would like to call Oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid). You can also teach and show kids how certain compounds react to one another with this simple project, like how the starch solidifies and then liquefies depending on the amount of movement.
You can check out the tutorial for more information or check out the video below.
Powdered Fiber Slime
Another ingredient that can replace borax in slime, which happens to be effective in keeping your digestive system functioning properly, is fiber. Powdered fiber supplement is available in grocery store or pharmacy. As long as it contains the active ingredients psyllium, hydrophilic, and mucilloid, the brand doesn’t matter.
Liquid Starch Slime
You can buy a concentrated version from the store and mix it with water, but it’s just as cheap and simple to make at home. All you need is water, lemon juice (optional), and cornstarch. (Liquid starch is what we use to get the wrinkles out of clothes.) You can check the recipe here.
Edible Glow-in-the-Dark Slime
The first thing that kids are going to try to do when they see a slime is try to eat it, so why not make one that is edible for your children? This recipe is especially made to be used as fake blood for Halloween costumes, but it also a good way to avoid your little ones from getting sick while they’re having a great time.
This edible slime glows in the dark because of the tonic water that is added to it. Aside from that, this method also utilizes fiber.
To see how it’s made, check out the step-by-step tutorial and video.
Laundry Detergent Slime
You can also use a liquid laundry detergent as a substitute for using borax. (Do keep in mind that some of them might still contain borax as an ingredient.) Any cheap liquid detergent will do.
You wouldn’t need to heat up the solution or use water for this one, so it’s pretty easy. All you need to do is combine the detergent with food coloring and glue, then you’ll be good to go.
If you want a visual demonstration, you can simply check out the video below.
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