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How (and Why) to Make Borax-Free Slime

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Kids love slime! Making slime with your kids is a terrific bonding exercise, and it's surprisingly easy to make. And if you're wondering how to make slime without borax, we have you covered — keep reading.

Making slime is pretty similar to conducting a science experiment — the way the ingredients combine to change its texture and physical properties is something children can really learn from. And while making slime can provide several benefits, one drawback is that it is commonly made with Borax, which is non-toxic to play with, but it is not an ingredient kids should eat. So if you have little ones who are at the ‘eat-anything-but-dinner stage’, it’s probably best to use Borax-free slime recipes.

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Also, Borax has been known to cause skin irritation, so if your kids have delicate skin and are playing with the slime for a long time or if too much Borax has been put into your recipe, your child may end up with a skin irritation.

If all these factors make you skeptical about using Borax in your slime, we provide some great alternatives. These are easy Borax-free slime recipes that will give your children all the fun of slime without the possible side effects Borax can cause.

Check out our Borax-free slime recipes for wholesome family fun!

Our recipes have ingredients like cornstarch, which is so safe, your children, really can eat it! Other active ingredients in our recipes include glues and detergents that are not edible, but they are gentle on the skin.

These are all ingredients you can feel good about so make up some slime and let the creative fun begin! Just be prepared to do a bit of cleaning afterward!

3 Easy Homemade Slime Recipes
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Borax-Free Liquid Starch Slime Recipe


  • Author: MomsWhoThink.com
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

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.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup liquid starch (see below for homemade liquid starch recipe)
  • 1 cup white glue
  • food coloring

Homemade Liquid Starch Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 3/4 cup tap water

Instructions

Slime instructions

  1. Mix together the liquid starch and glue.
  2. Add food coloring for colored slime.

Liquid starch instructions:

  1. Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  3. Once the water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: slime
  • Method: manual
  • Cuisine: NA

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: NA
  • Calories: NA
  • Sugar: NA
  • Sodium: NA
  • Fat: NA
  • Saturated Fat: NA
  • Unsaturated Fat: NA
  • Trans Fat: NA
  • Carbohydrates: NA
  • Fiber: NA
  • Protein: NA
  • Cholesterol: NA

Keywords: slime

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Borax-Free Cornstarch Slime Recipe


  • Author: MomsWhoThink.com
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup warm water
  • food coloring


Instructions

  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.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: slime
  • Method: manual
  • Cuisine: NA

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: NA
  • Calories: NA
  • Sugar: NA
  • Sodium: NA
  • Fat: NA
  • Saturated Fat: NA
  • Unsaturated Fat: NA
  • Trans Fat: NA
  • Carbohydrates: NA
  • Fiber: NA
  • Protein: NA
  • Cholesterol: NA

Keywords: slime

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Laundry Detergent or Dish Soap Slime Recipe


  • Author: MomsWhoThink.com
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1/4 cup

Description

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


Ingredients

  • White school glue

  • liquid laundry detergent or dish soap (we used Dawn)

Instructions

  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 using for a few minutes. Also, playing with it warms the slime and makes it more pliable and smooth.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: slime
  • Method: manual
  • Cuisine: NA

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: NA
  • Calories: NA
  • Sugar: NA
  • Sodium: NA
  • Fat: NA
  • Saturated Fat: NA
  • Unsaturated Fat: NA
  • Trans Fat: NA

Keywords: slime

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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