Who can resist playing with squishy slime? This very popular and oddly satisfying substance is everywhere these days, as you can see with the numerous slime ASMR videos online and slime kits available in stores.
It’s so easy to make it yourself with ingredients that you might already have at home, and the type of slime you make is really only limited by your imagination.
Getting kids involved turns it into a fun science experiment that will keep them busy for hours. Even if you don’t have kids, playing with slime is a great way to have some fun and relieve stress.
Since there are so many different recipes out there, it’s hard to tell which ones actually work and won’t just leave a huge mess behind. We’ve found a successful and reliable one that won’t waste your time or money.
Whether you like yours fluffy, gooey, colorful, or glittery, this customizable slime recipe allows you to basically make any type of slime you want.
Basic Slime Recipe
This glue-based slime is the classic, gooey formula that most people picture when they think of slime. It’s a simple base that you can leave as is, or alter it depending on what type of slime you want.
This recipe will turn out opaque or translucent depending on whether you use clear or white glue, and you can even make fluffy slime with the addition of shaving cream.
You can also change the color of the slime, or try different mix-ins for texture and appearance. This version also works well with essential oils for scented slime.
What You’ll Need
Making slime is relatively inexpensive, and most of the ingredients are things you may already have around the house. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- A large bowl – This is what you’ll mix your slime in.
- Glue – Choose clear or white school glue, depending on whether you want clear or opaque slime. You can also try glitter glue in any shade you want your slime to be.
- Contact lens solution – Contact lens solution is a key ingredient that activates the slime, but it must contain boric acid in order to work properly.
- Baking soda – This ingredient works with the contact solution to create borate, which helps form the slime.
- Water – Adding water will change the texture of the slime.
- Gloves – These are optional, but they can help protect your hands from staining, or if your skin is sensitive to any of the ingredients.
- Spoon – You can use any type of spoon to mix the slime with.
- Jar or resealable plastic bag – You can use this to store your slime.
- Measuring spoons and cups– You’ll need these to measure out your ingredients.
The ingredients listed above are all you need to create basic slime, but you have plenty of options for customization. Here are some additions that you can try:
- Food coloring – You can add a few drops of food coloring to the glue to get the color that you want.
- Essential oils – Adding one to four drops of your favorite essential oil will add a nice scent.
- Glitter or confetti– You can add any type of glitter for extra sparkly slime. Small charms and confetti can also work.
- Instant snow – You can make cloud slime with the addition of instant snow. You only need about ½ cup of prepared instant snow.
- Shaving cream – To make fluffy slime, you’ll need about 2 to 3 cups of white shaving cream, not the gel type.
Making the Slime
Now that you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, it’s time to make your slime.
- Pour a 6-ounce bottle of glue into the bowl.
- Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to the glue, and stir it well.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of water to the bowl for firmer slime. You can add more, up to ½ cup, for stretchier slime. Stir it in well.
- If you want to use shaving cream, glitter, confetti, charms, food coloring, or essential oils, now is the time to mix them in.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of contact lens solution to the bowl, and mix it in as much as you can with the spoon. Use up to ½ tablespoon more if you need it to bring the slime together.
- Take the slime out of the bowl, and knead it with your hands. It will be very sticky at this point, but keep kneading until it reaches the texture you want.
If you’re making cloud slime, prepare the instant snow according to the instructions on the package, then add about ½ cup to the slime and knead it together.
Tips for Making Slime
- If the slime is too sticky while you’re kneading it, use some hand lotion or baby oil to keep it from sticking to them.
- Keep the slime in a closed container, a jar, or a plastic bag, and put it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and prevent mold.
- If you make fluffy slime, it will only stay fluffy for one or two days, then return to a classic slime texture.
- Try mixing separate batches of different colored slime, then combining them together for a multicolored effect. Black, pink, and blue glitter glue slime makes a galaxy effect when combined.
- Wash your hands before and after playing with slime.
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