How to Make Slime Without Borax

How to Make Slime Without Borax


3 Borax-Free Slime Recipes

The classic slime recipe uses borax as an ingredient, but you can make slime without borax. Why make slime without borax? Borax is non-toxic to play with, but it is not an ingredient kids should eat. If you've got little ones that are at the eat-anything-but-dinner stage, it's probably best to use borax-free recipes. 

Also, borax has been known to cause skin irritation. Kids with more delicate skin, playing with the slime for a long time, and putting too much of it into a recipe are all factors that can lead up to skin irritation from slime. This is NOT boric acid, but in large quantities borax can still be irritating.

If you're on the fence about using a slime recipe that contains borax, or it's not right for your household, these are easy borax-free slime recipes:


Borax-Free Liquid Starch Slime Recipe 

This makes slime with the consistency of "goo." It flows when you pour it or set it down, its a thinner version of slime. It does get thicker feeling if squeeze it.


1/2 cup liquid starch (recipe for homemade liquid starch is after the slime recipe)

1 cup white glue

food coloring



1. Mix together the liquid starch and glue.

2. Add food coloring for colored slime.


Homemade Liquid Starch Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

3 3/4 cup tap water


Liquid Starch Directions:

Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.

While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.

Once the water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.

Remove from heat and let cool.

After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle.



Borax-Free Cornstarch Slime Recipe


2 cups cornstarch

1 cup warm water

food coloring



1. Stir the cornstarch into the warm water, a little at a time until all of the starch has been added. You can add a little more starch if you want a thicker slime. Add a small amount of water if you want a runnier slime. Also, the consistency of the slime is affected by temperature. 

2. Add food coloring to get the color you prefer.



Laundry Detergent or Dish Soap Slime Recipe

This is a super easy recipe to make slime, that uses only two common ingredients. It doesn't require borax.


Slime Ingredients:

White school glue 

liquid laundry detergent or dish soap (we used Dawn)



1. Pour about 1/4 cup of glue into a bowl.

2. Add about 1 Tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent. 

3.  Stir well with a rubber spatula. You can add more laundry detergent if you want it less sticky. Add a tiny bit at a time because it does get the gooey slime texture after sing or a few minutes. Also, playing with it warms the slime and makes it more pliable and smooth



Storing Your Slime

You can store the slime from any of these recipes in a sealed container, such as a bowl or a plastic bag. The slime is good for a couple of days at room temperature or at about a week if stored in the refrigerator.







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