A young girl enjoying her new homemade slime in the garden

How To Make Slime (With And Without Borax)

Enjoy some time with your children making homemade slime.

There are thousands of experiments on the internet every day, and most people use them to make something at home. However, there is one experiment that is becoming more and more popular around the world, and it is the slime. And it's funny because it's just an elastic viscous dough that's easy to make and manipulate at home.

In the following article, we show you in more detail what this new viral experiment is and how to make slime easily in your own home. It will be something that will be entertaining and fun for both children and adults.

What is slime?

If you are wondering what slime is, you should know that it's a viscous elastic material, a kind of homemade viscous gelatine or "artificial mucus." It can be whatever color you want it to be, depending on the ingredients you use and children and even adults love it.  


It is fun and entertaining for children to make homemade slime, and its recipe was one of the biggest Google searches last year. In addition, many parents find this craft interesting because they perceive it as a de-stressing activity. Therefore, both as an educational craft and as a way to enjoy relaxing leisure time with our children, in both cases it is ideal.



How to make slime

Slime recipes are straightforward because you only need few ingredients and you can make some quite fast. The material you need for your homemade slime is:


  • 2 plastic containers
  • 150 ml of water
  • 3 tablespoons of liquid detergent
  • White glue
  • Food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon

The procedure is easy and consists of the following steps:

1. Put two teaspoons of white glue in one of the containers.

2. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix it all together until it has a uniform color.

3. In the second bowl, add two tablespoons of liquid detergent and one tablespoon of water and stir until it is well mixed.

4. Merge the content of both containers and mix until a uniform dough is obtained. Mixing it with your hands will make it more consistent.

So, as you see, the material you need is easy to get, and the procedure is very straightforward, so if you think that making slime is difficult, nothing can be further than the truth.

Warning when making homemade slime

Recently, many health professionals have focused on this viral experiment. Why? Because one of the compounds of the liquid detergent, and therefore also of the slime, is borax (sodium borate). It is an important compound of boron and can be abrasive and allergenic. In addition, the ingestion of borax can be fatal.

Thus, there have been several cases of children with severe hand burns after manipulating slime with borax. A very well known case was the of a mother from Manchester who uploaded on social networks the painful situation in which her baby was after having spent a long time manipulating his slime with borax. This is why, in the next part of this article, we are going to show you how to make slime without borax, so you do not run the risk when doing this fun experiment with your children. 

How to make slime without borax

We don't want the fun to be expensive or nothing bad to happen to any children or adults, so here are the  recommendations and instructions to make slime without borax.

These are the materials you are going to need:

  • 1 plastic container
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 cup of maize flour
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid soap
  • Food coloring

And these are the steps to follow:

1. Mix the flour with the soap in the plastic container until you get them to dilute.

2. Add the food coloring while stirring the dough.

3. Let it rest and dry a little so that it doesn't stick to your hands.

And that's it! Now we have a slime without borax much safer and as fun as the original one. Now there's only one thing left to do: play with it! There's also the possibility of changing the maize flour for contact lense liquid.

Extra material for a more original DIY slime

Besides the simple materials used to make homemade slime, this experiment has become so popular that there are already many who, in addition, add other types of elements to the slime. On the one hand,  some people make multi-color slime with different food colorings. It is as easy as creating three, four or as many as you want different color slimes and then putting them together. 


On the other hand, we have the option of playing with the texture of the slime adding materials such as glitter, different colors foam beads and a long list of elements that will make your slime unique.  As you have seen in this article, slime is a fun experiment to entertain children and adults. It has hundreds of different possibilities, and it does not have to be dangerous. So, if you are bored and want something fun to do with your family, try it, you will love it!


Check this video of different ways of making slime without borax: