Make Slime Without Borax: 5 Easy Recipes for Gooey Homemade Ooze

5 Easy Recipes for Gooey Homemade Ooze

One of the only things I remember from watching Nickelodeon as a kid is the epic green slime. Looking back, I don't know what was so great about it, but every kid my age thought that being drenched in slime would be the coolest thing on earth.

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Of course, the first thing I did was beg my parents to buy me some fake slime, but I never knew I could've easily made my own at home.

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One of the most common ways to make slime is to combine liquid glue with water and a household chemical called borax. The photo on the left shows borax in its natural crystal form, which actually kind of reminds me of Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

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For the purposes of creating slime, you can use the powdered form of borax, which easily dissolves into water and can be found online or in any grocery store. The video below shows how easy it is to do, or you can check out The King of Random's guide for more detailed instructions.

Borax is an ingredient in common household cleaners and laundry detergents and is even used in roach spray and fire retardant. It's technically perfectly safe to use, but some people may want to avoid using these types of chemicals regardless of safety, and not everyone has it lying around anyway.

So, here are a few ways you can make your own slime at home without using borax.

#1. Cornstarch Slime

For the simplest of all slime recipes, all you need is cornstarch. Just dump some into a bowl, add some water, and start mixing. Keep adding water until it reaches the consistency you want (a good place to start is 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water). You can also add food coloring to make it look more legit.

This is a great little project you can do with kids to show them how certain compounds react to one another, like how the starch solidifies and then liquefies depending on the amount of movement. That is what we in the Dr. Seuss world like to call Oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid). Check out the video below and this tutorial for more information.

If you want, you can also heat up the mixture to make it easier to combine. Once it cools, you can store it in air-tight containers for later.

#2. Powdered Fiber Slime

Fiber isn't only good for keeping your digestive system on track—it's also another ingredient that can replace borax in slime. You can pick up a powdered fiber supplement from a pharmacy or grocery store. The brand doesn't matter as long as it contains the active ingredient psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid.

Like the cornstarch method above, this recipe uses heat to reach the desired consistency, boiling the mixture in the microwave several times. If you don't have a microwave, the process can easily be done on the stovetop instead. Check out the video and the full tutorial for more details and the complete ingredients list.

#3. Liquid Starch Slime

Liquid starch is used to get wrinkles out of clothes. You can buy a concentrated version from the store and mix it with water, but it's just as simple and cheap to make at home. All you need is cornstarch, water, and lemon juice (which is optional). You can find the recipe here.

Once you have your liquid starch mixture, you can mix up some slime using water and liquid glue. You can find the full ingredients list along with a video of the process over at this tutorial.

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#4. Edible Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

If you're doing this project with young children, you may as well make the slime edible, 'cause you know the first thing they're going to do is try to eat it. This recipe is made to be used as fake blood for part of a Halloween costume, but it's great for any time of year and ensures that you don't have to worry about the little ones getting sick.

This method also uses fiber, but with the twist of adding tonic water so it glows in the dark under a black light. Check out the video and step-by-step tutorial to see how it's made.

Keep in mind, though, that just because something's edible doesn't necessarily mean you want to eat it. With nothing more than fiber powder and tonic water, this stuff probably won't taste all that great, but you could add some sugar to make it more palatable.

#5. Laundry Detergent Slime

Instead of using borax to make slime, you can also opt for liquid laundry detergent. Any cheap liquid detergent will do, but again, some of them do contain borax as an ingredient.

With this method, you combine the detergent with glue and food coloring. This one is extra easy because you don't need to use water or heat up the solution. Check out the video to see how to make your own.

Do you know any other ways to make gooey slime without using borax? Let us know in the comments section below.

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I'll try doing this in my next year of Science Fair, it's cool and my classmates love them.

This didn't work for me it was too sticky tried adding flour to make it sticky didn't work well only thickened it.. :(

i love it i love science i tried it at my school it was fantastic thankyou sciencetist

it Didnt work Glue was empty!!!!!!!!!!

Didn't work for me. I tried 6 times and chucked it all away. The mixture was too sticky and kept going frothy. My grandaughter thinks I can make everything but I have let her down.

Didn't work at all with Arm and Hammer laundry soap. Tried it twice A waste of grandkids were so excited then NOTHING......

Can you tell the science behind of the experiment: Laundry Detergent Slime

Please reply Immediately for those who knows...

Why won't it thicken? Its soupy like the glue.

Try adding lotion or the foamy type of soap. It worked for me that way.

So I am on a page entitled 'make-slime-WITHOUT-BORAX-5-easy-recipes-for-gooey-homemade-ooze' and the first recipe has borax in it??? See ya later.....

Cristian (Member) : Hey Guys! I See yall Having problems!

How to make slime

(1) Liquid Starch, Glue, Food Coloring (Optional)

Add Glue to Your Mixing plate, NOTE How Much Glue you add Its how much slime you'll have! Then add liquid starch little by little And mix! Then Nedd it and Done!

(2) Borax, Water, Glue
add To A cup add 3/4 Of Water (Warm) And Add 1/2 A teaspoon of borax!

Then Add Glue to A diffrent Cup And Add Food Coloring, It is Optional! Then Add The Borax with water And poor it to the glue And Wait 25s And It will Be Ready!

Want fluffy Slime?
(3) Shaving Cream, Eye Drops!
Add Shaving cream To A plate and add Eye Drops!
Here is a scale Of How Much Eye drops!
Little Amount of shaving Cream : 3-4 drops of Eye Drops!
Medium amount Of shaving Cream : 6-8 Drops of eye Drops!
Large Amount Of shaving Cream : 10-14 eye Drops!
A full plate Of Shaving Cream : 18+ Of eye Drops!

Specifications of the shaving cream amounts?

Want Shampoo slime?
(4) Shampoo, Salt, freezer

Alright Add The Amount Of shampoo to a mixing plate! The Best Shampoo to Make Slime is "Suave" Kids, Strawberry Scent, Cocunut Scent! Then Add 2/10 Of Salt A Pinch of Salt And Mix! Then Put It in the freezer for 30m-1h! Then Take it Out and Mix And and gonna Form Than take it out the mixing plate And done!

DON'T USE BORAX, PLEASE!!! It will give you third-degree burns, an 11-ur old girl suffered it. Use either Glue, Shaving Cream, and Contact Solution. Or, use Glue, Baking Soda, and Contact Solution. Contact Solution is a very good alternative for borax and you don't have to mix solution with water

There is borax in contact solution. That's why it works with eye drops and contact solution.

Borax is technically classified as "may damage fertility or the unborn child and causes serious eye irritation.". It's probably fine, we still use it in the school I work for but the official advice is to only give the kids a weak solution to use and to get them to wear gloves when handling slime.

I certainly wouldn't give kids the solid form, just to be n the safe side.

link to ECHA hazard classification

One recipe my daughter and I have done is Glue, espon salt and water then if you want it colored add food coloring. It works. But just don't add too much water .

How much of the ingredients?

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