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How to Make Slime That Works! (EASY Recipe)

Posted by  ·  June 22, 2019  ·  Last Updated: June 22, 2019
Are your children enthralled with how to make slime?  You know that goo that you can’t keep your hands out of. Join the craze and learn how with all our classic slime recipes below. Our fluffy slime recipe is easy and fun to make! No borax – ours is made with contact solution and shaving cream. Time to play!
Mesmerize kids (and teach a little science) with oobleck! This stuff is cool!
how to make slime safe

This safe DIY slime recipe is completely worry-free. Super easy and FUN! My daughter says it is so addictive!

I recently learned that liquid starch may contain borax. We found out that contact lens solution can act as the binder instead of the borax.  This recipe produces a stretchy, smooth, extra fluffy slime and uses contact solution instead of borax.

Slime Ingredients

What do you need to make slime? It doesn’t take many items to make this classic recipe (sometimes called Gak).  Just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry and you can make this super stretchy fluffy concoction! What a great kids activity.

This recipe calls for:

  • washable school glue like Elmer’s glue (grab a couple of bottles of glue because kids will want to make it over and over again)
  • food coloring (colored slime is extra fun)
  • baking soda & contact solution

Baking soda will combine with the boric acid in contact solution to make borate, the same crosslinking solution that Borax contains. This mixture becomes the activator. The saline solution needs to contain active ingredients like sodium borate and boric acid. So yes, even this recipe has a touch of borax.  Borax powder and liquid starch can also be used as the slime activator.

  • shaving cream – this will make it super fluffy

How do you make slime fluffy?

Try our fluffy recipe (our exact recipe is below)! Make your homemade slime fluffy with shaving cream. Not the gel kind, go for the original shaving cream.

How do you make slime without borax?

This amazing homemade slime that is safe and borax powder free is made in only 6 steps.  It is a fluffy slime recipe because we added shaving cream.

1. Measure 1/2 cup glue into a mixing bowl.

safe slime add glue

2. Add food coloring. Add more food coloring than you think you need. The shaving cream will make it lighter in color.

safe slime add coloring

3. Add in 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda and mix.

safe slime add baking soda

4. Next, add 1/4 cup shaving cream. This ingredient makes a batch of super fluffy slime!

safe slime add shaving cream

5. Stir in 1 tablespoon contact lens solution.

safe slime add contact lens solution

Mix all the ingredients until mixture starts to come together.

safe slime mix with spoon

6. Remove from bowl.  The mixture will be sticky.

safe slime mixing sticky

Keeping working and will become perfectly slimy and not sticky the more you work with it.

slime stretching

The girls added a bit more color so it would be really bright! It is best to add the color to the glue.  It was more difficult to mix in the color at the end.

safe slime

Slime Recipe

Now let’s learn how to make slime the safe way, with a borax-free recipe that is perfectly slimy! Your kids will be playing with it for hours and making it over and over again. All you need are simple ingredients found in your pantry. There is no need to add water. The more it is played with the less sticky it becomes.

safe slime
5 from 15 votes

Slime Recipe

Keyword crafts, kidsactivities, slime
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1/2 cup washable school glue
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup shaving cream
  • 1 tablespoon contact lens solution
  • food coloring (your choice for colored slime)


  1. Measure glue into a bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring.  Once it is the desired color add a few more drops. The shaving cream will make the color lighter. Mix in baking soda then shaving cream, Stir in contact lens solution and mix. The mixture will start to come together. Remove mixture from the bowl and knead with hands. It will be sticky.

Recipe Notes

The more it is played with the less sticky it becomes.

Have your children experienced this craze? We can’t get enough. We have made green, purple, blue, pink……………………..more than one gallon of glue has been used. Don’t stop at plain school glue. Glitter glue makes a great galaxy Gak!

All your questions answered! Keep reading.

How do you make Elmer’s Slime?

Elmer’s is the brand of glue. Their slime recipe is a typical recipe.

Elmer’s Slime

  • 1/2 TBSP of Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP of Contact lens solution
  • 4 fl oz Elmer’s White school glue
  • Your choice of food coloring

1. Find a bowl, cup, or plate to mix your slime in 2. Pour out the entire contents of a 4oz of Elmer’s school glue into the bowl. 3. Add ½ TBSP of baking soda and mix 4. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring. 5. Mix and/or add more food coloring until you get the color you want 6. Add 1 TBSP of contact lens solution 7. Mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix 8. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands 9. If needed, add ¼ TBSP contact lens solution to make the slime less sticky.

How do you make slime with glue and water?

You can make slime with glue, water, and a few other ingredients. You will need an activator to turn the glue into slime. Any of the slime recipes here use glue and water.

How do you make slime in a Ziplock bag?

If you look at my gak recipe (only two ingredients) you will see step by step instructions for making an easy slime recipe in a  bag. Actually, this is my favorite mess-free way.

Can you keep slime in a Ziplock bag?

Yes! Sealable bags or airtight containers are a great way to store slime. If you seal it up in a ziplock bag and store it in the fridge, it will keep mold from growing in your goop.

Tips for Homemade Slime

  • We have found that using different glues only produce slightly different textures. So try different glues….. like clear glue and glitter glue! Elmer’s makes a glow in the dark glue that would be great to try.
  • Use food coloring, liquid or gel to make it colored. We have even used glow in the dark paint!
  • Use multiple colors to make a “unicorn” slime. Be aware that after a lot of mixing, the colors will blend together into a gray or brown, so you might stick to one or two colors (blue and green, or pink and purple, are pretty).
  • Don’t worry if it is sticky at first. The more you work with it the less sticky it becomes. How do you make slime less sticky? We have found adding a bit more of the contact solution does the trick to get the desired consistency. Usually though, the more you mix the less sticky it becomes so don’t add too much!
  • The food coloring will stain hands. We have found that it comes off in about a day.  If this is worrisome just wear gloves.
  • Be creative! This is a great kids activity that allows them to experiment with great results. Think of different items you can add. You might add glitter or foam beads to give it different textures.
  • Children’s hands can be sensitive. Always wash hands after playing.  Contact lens solution does contain boric acid it is still is a borax solution just a safer amount, but still, use caution.
  • We have found that all white glue is not the same. Some brands are harder to work with and don’t come together as easily. They may have less of an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate (PVA), which is a kind of polymer that the borax or boric acid binds to. When recipes call for PVA glue, that’s what they’re talking about.

Slime Video

Here is a cool video on how to make glow in the dark slime. No need to stop playing when it gets dark outside, this recipe will light up the night.  A cool fun kids activity that will bring hours of fun!

More Slime Recipes

I think we have the best recipes for you. Scroll to the bottom to see them all!  Too cool.

If your kids can’t stop learning how to make slime they will love these amazing recipes. Who would have thought there were so many different kinds!

Slime 5 different ways!

Look! You can see through this one. Changing the type of glue you use can make it so clear you can see through it.

Clear Slime Recipe

clear slime

Mesmerize kids with this one that glows in the dark. This recipe uses glow in the dark paint. Now, though you can also purchase glow in the dark glue.

Glow in the Dark Slime

glow in the dark slime

How do you make slime without borax or shaving cream?

This is a great recipe that doesn’t use borax (sodium tetraborate) or shaving cream. This slime/gak uses liquid starch. While liquid starch contains a tiny bit of borax it is much more friendly to the skin. I was shocked to see on the news where kids were actually getting burns from the borax. This two-ingredient one should be just fine. For sure this is how to make slime easy!

How to make Gak

how to make gak

It only takes 3 ingredients to make this butter slime. The addition of clay makes it holds its shape.

Butter Slime Recipe

3 ingredient butter slime


How do you make slime with salt and shampoo?

Believe it or not, you can make it without glue. This recipe uses three-in-one shampoo and salt. It isn’t as stretchy as the regular but is still fun to play with. Warm hands do cause this one to melt.

How to make slime without glue

how to make slime without glue

What do you do if your goo is too sticky? If it is too sticky, add a bit more activator. Learn what to do here.

How to make slime less sticky

less sticky slime


We are always looking for more recipe variations and are going to try this 3-ingredient one that uses salt. It is as much fun to watch this goo being made as it is to make, so check out this video.

Now you know how to to make it fluffy, and so many other ways! Now try Kinetic sand your kids will LOVE it.  Have you ever made it? A fun activity for sure!

How do u make slime? Leave your tips in the comments!

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  1. Stacy
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019
    These are great! We have the slime craze going at our house and I will be using these tips! Thank you!
  2. Friday, March 29th, 2019
    My kids LOVE slime and have tried all the different ways to make it.....so fun!
  3. Sommer
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
    I can't even being to tell you how many batches of this I have made! We make this all the time in my house.
  4. Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
    This is so fun!! My kids love slime! I'm sure they'll love to try this!
  5. Beth Klosterboer
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
    This is such a fun project for kids!
  6. Aimee Shugarman
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
    My girls LOVE using this recipe for slime!
  7. Slime Monster
    Saturday, November 17th, 2018
    I love making all kind of slime. My daughters Gabriella and Elliza loves making fluffy and butter slime, I. have to try your 3 ingredients recipe, so exciting. Thanks for sharing ❤️
  8. Monday, November 5th, 2018
    Thank you for the nice tips. I have finally found what the recipe i need. :)
  9. Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
    Useful post. Thanks a lot for letting me know how to make a slime.
  10. Toni
    Sunday, March 18th, 2018
    Great recipe! Contact solution does, however, contain borax, so technically this recipe isn't "borax-free." But I do feel safer using an ingredient designed to be put on eyeballs as opposed to straight borax powder or liquid starch (which I would never want to risk my little ines getting in their mouths!)
    • Cindy
      Thursday, September 13th, 2018
      Yes, Toni you are right! I agree though I think this is perfectly safe for kiddos and brings HOURS of fun. We also are super careful to wash hands after playing with the slime.
  11. Monday, March 5th, 2018
    flour and water,then it will playdough, then keep adding foam soap
    • Cindy
      Thursday, September 13th, 2018
      I haven't tried this Deepika. Sounds interesting.
  12. Paige
    Saturday, February 24th, 2018
    Great 👍🏻 slime recipies for the little ones
  13. Nicole Dalton
    Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
    So there is borax in contact lens solution. it's boric acid. you actually need the borax to bind it all together, even if you use laundry soap there is borax in that.
    Borax is safe in small amounts, its when people go overboard and don't watch the amount you use.
    • Cindy
      Thursday, January 4th, 2018
      Exactly Nicole. It is harder to get crazy with the contact solution.
    • Paige
      Sunday, February 4th, 2018
      Hi I love slime and this recipe is amazing !!!!!!!!! But I was wondering if you could do a slime recipe without borax because contact solution has borax in it
      But I still love this recipe
  14. Friday, November 10th, 2017
    Looks like so much fun.
  15. Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
    make hand aloe Vera slim and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
    • Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
      Make aloe Vera hand slime and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
    • Cindy
      Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
      That sounds like a fun idea!
  16. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
    Hi Cindy,

    This tutorial helped me a lot. I spent a lot of time on the internet searching for how to make slime without borax. This is because a friend told me that borax might be quite harmful for kids.
    Once again, thanks for the insights.

    - Lawrence C. Ozeh
  17. Golden
    Sunday, September 17th, 2017
    It worked
  18. Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
    I think I'm going to try your recipe but put in more shaving cream! I think that will make the slime even fluffier! Let's see how it goes. Thanks!
    • Cindy
      Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
      Let us know how it goes! I have to say fluffy slime is my favorite!
  19. Abby
    Thursday, July 27th, 2017
    We followed the recipe and it turned out fabulously! Thanks!!
  20. Cindy
    Friday, July 7th, 2017
    Uhh...first off contact solution is not at all safer than Borax as it contains boric ACID.
    BORAX, however, is NOT boric acid.
    In fact, you may more commonly know it as the powdery soap in every soap dispenser in every public school in America. 🙄
    • Cindy
      Thursday, September 13th, 2018
      Hello Cindy, I think you will find that the very small amount of boric acid in this slime recipe will not irritate little hands. I hope you give it a try.
  21. Sammy
    Sunday, June 25th, 2017
    You do realize that contact lens solution contains boric acid (the equivalent to borax). You use the baking soda to active the boric acid in the contact lens solution.
  22. Hillary
    Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
    This looks so fun. I can't wait to try it with my kids. Thanks for the safe way to still have gooey fun!
  23. Stacy
    Thursday, June 15th, 2017
    I am so glad to find this recipe! And it's so easy to follow!! I had recently banned slime at our house--much to the dismay of my girls. They will be so excited to be mixing this up. Great summer afternoon project! Thank you!!
  24. Laura Reese
    Thursday, June 15th, 2017
    My girls have made this recipe many times already this summer it's a really good one. Thanks for sharing it!!
  25. Thursday, June 15th, 2017
    Super fun to make and play with.
  26. Megan
    Thursday, June 15th, 2017
    This was super easy to make with ingredients I already had! Sof had a blast playing with this goo and keeps asking to make it again.
  27. Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
    Thank you Cindy! This is the easiest pictured tutorial on how to make slime. I can't wait to use kids activity with Drake.

    I didn't realize people were having problems with Borax. I've also used it a couple times without a problem.
    • Jesse
      Saturday, July 15th, 2017
      I followed this recipe and it didn't thicken at all!
    • Cindy
      Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
      Hi Jesse, make sure your contact solution contains both sodium borate and boric acid. We have made this recipe over and over... it can take some time to mix it together. If it is too sticky my daughter adds a bit more contact solution. You can also easily make slime by using equal parts liquid starch and glue. This one especially takes some time to mix and get it slimy.
    • Thursday, November 1st, 2018
      I learned so much from this tutorial too. It is a great post indeed.