How to Make Safer Slime


How to make safer slime with less or no borax

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining my friends at WTKR Channel 3 to demonstrate how to make safer slime.

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No matter where you find children, whether at home or at school, they are all crazy about slime! We first made slime at our friend Hilary Smith’s house when she hosted a fun holistic craft event for our tribe. Immediately after that day, making slime became a favorite craft for my four rowdy sons. Honestly, it’s a favorite of mine too! But, not all “natural” crafts are safe, and this particular craft may even burn a child’s skin. The EWG, a trusted resource for parents and teachers alike, warns us about using borax. While the long-term health effects of borax are not clear (and appear mostly safe), the short-term effects present potential problems. These potential harming effects include irritation of the skin and eyes.

Liquid Starch/Glue Slime Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup non-toxic clear school glue
  • 1/2 cup of liquid starch (store-bought* or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • (Optional) Natural or regular food coloring

Combine water and glue. Mix well. Add any color to water/glue mixture. Stir well with a spoon. Slowly pour in the liquid starch pouring constantly until spoon no longer works (happens fast!), then switch to mixing in with hands. Liquid starch slime can be played with immediately, but for best results, wait 15 minutes for the true slime consistency to form. Store in airtight container to enjoy for a few days.

*If you use store bought, it may contain a small amount of borax.  Check the ingredient list. This amount is usually small enough not to irritate hands.

Homemade Liquid Starch:

  • 3 Tablespoons of corn starch
  • 3 cups of water

Put the cornstarch in a sauce pan and first whisk in about ¼ cup of the water to establish a thorough mixture, then whisk in the remaining water. Place the pan over medium heat and whisk constantly. When the mixture comes to a boil, take the pan off the heat. The starch will thicken as it cools. Transfer it to a mason jar when it’s no longer hot. Refrigerate the starch when not in use to prevent spoilage. It should keep in the fridge one month. This is a messier slime and fun for outdoor throwing sessions (called battles in our house). This recipe may also double as a glue, especially when making paper mache.

Powdered Corn Starch/Glue Slime Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup non-toxic clear school glue
  • 1/4 cup of corn starch
  • (Optional) Natural or regular food coloring

Combine corn starch and glue. Add any color or glitter to mixture and stir well until slime forms. This slime forms a bit more (similar to play dough) and can easily mold into fun animals and other shapes.

Powdered Corn Starch/Dish Soap Slime Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of powdered corn starch
  • 1/8 cup dish soap
  • (Optional) Natural or regular food coloring

Combine corn starch and dish soap. Add any color or other desired texture and stir well until slime forms. Store in airtight container when you are not busy throwing it at each other. This recipe also molds better (like play dough) to form fun shapes and critters.

Be safe. Have fun. And let both yourself and your child free range a bit with this fun activity!

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