Are your kiddo’s as obsessed with slime as Brylee is? She is always asking to make and play with it. Around Valentine’s Day, I made some slime with Brylee out of Borax and it turned out perfect. Then when I went to photograph making a new batch, I cound not get it to turn out for the life of me…then add in a glue shortage–I kid you not, I went to Target one day to get more glue for more slime, saw two sitting on the shelf and I was about to grab them when Brylee told me she wanted to sing me the ABC’s (the glue at our Target was right next to the wooden alphabet cut outs) so I humored her and let her sing to me. When I turned back around the glue was gone and I saw some guy walking away with them. I WAS SO MAD!!!! Anyway I finally found some more on a different trip there and I stuck it in Brylee’s craft bins until we were ready to attempt to make slime again.
Then I saw the story floating around Facebook about the girl who suffered burns all over her hands from playing with slime made of borax. (Yes I know there are other stories out there debunking that story saying that the girl was playing with it for hours on end with out adult supervision…but for real if you are playing with a laundry detergent that is AWESOME at getting stains out you should probably be a little concerned… When I made our first borax batch, there was always a thought in the back of my head that this couldn’t be the 100% safe to play with–and I would make Brylee wash her hands throughly after every time she played with it.
Anyway I saw that you could make slime out of baking soda and contact lens saline solution and figured that it was 100 times safer than borax-because if it is safe enough for your eyes, it is safe enough for your hands. This slime was perfectly slimy and stretchy although it didn’t store as well as the borax slime did. I stored them both in ziplock bags and the borax slime stayed in a “solid” slime form while the contact lenses solution slime “separated” (a lot of the liquid leached out of the slime which turned really rubbery and I ended up throwing away). Since we added blue food coloring to ours, there was a blue liquid in the bag and I knew it would leave a blue mess everywhere so I tossed it and figured we could make more since it was under two bucks to make.
Here are the two different recipes!
Borax Slime Recipe:
In a large bowl combine 1 cup warm water with 4 oz of glue. Stir to combine and add food coloring if wanting to color. In a separate bowl mix 1 tablespoon of Borax with 1 cub of warm water. Stir to combine. Add 1 tablespoon at a time of the borax solution to the glue solution, stirring in to combine in between. You may not need to add all of the borax solution or you may need to add more. Once you start adding the borax the glue should start to stiffen and turn into a slime. There will be extra water in your bowl that you should discard.
Now for the borax free slime recipe:
Combine all ingredients until slime forms. If needed add additional saline solution to make desired consistency.
The saline solution recipe will for sure be our go to recipe from now on because:
A-I have 2 big containers of saline solution and no one here wears contacts🙃
B-It is safer to make
C-The borax slime is hit or miss if it turns out perfectly (I made it a few different times and a few times it didn’t combine together right!).
I also want to point out, you could totally add glitter if you wanted to- Brylee has been asking to add it-but I don’t want glitter left everywhere so we are sticking with food coloring for now. If you are more daring than me and make it with glitter let me know if it keeps the glitter in it well or if it leaves a sparkly trail behind!🎉