At my house this summer it has been all slime, all the time! My daughter is OBSESSED and apparently she is not the only one. She has tried making slime from just about everything in our house. Toothpaste, hair gel, body wash, hand sanitizer- really nothing is off limits lol.
We had been making the best slime using liquid fabric starch as our “activator”, basically the binder for the glue and other ingredients. As an art teacher, I have used fabric starch for this purpose for years but never in the quantity and frequency that she has been making slime lately. It has come to my attention that the ingredients in the liquid fabric starch (borax) can be harmful, especially when there is a high amount of exposure. I would think that almost daily exposure would fall under that category. There are more recipes out there for safer slime than you could shake a stick at, including edible varieties, but her most favorite slime in the whole wide world is fluffy slime and so we have found a safer alternative using contact lens solution in the place of borax or liquid fabric starch. We found a similar recipe here though she likes her slime slightly less fluffy and much less sticky. This is still definitely not edible, but it is a safer recipe.
My daughter made this video to show how she creates her slime. For the most part she just eyeballs her measurements. As a seasoned slime maker, she just feels it out. But here are approximate amounts.
You Will Need:
1/2 c. Elmer’s glue
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. shaving cream or gel (she prefers gel)
Saline Solution for sensitive eyes
First she puts Elmer’s school glue in a bowl and mixes in 1/2 tsp. of baking soda until blended. Then she adds the shaving gel until she has achieved a fluffy consistency. Food coloring and glitter are optional but certainly a fun addition. Mix, mix, mix. She adds the saline solution a little at a time. As it is added, the slime will begin to “come together” and stop sticking to the sides of the bowl.
Store it in an air tight container. Make 1 million variations and build a room onto your house just for your slime creations. Definitely use every single plastic storage container you own.