How to Make Slime

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By now, you’ve definitely seen it. Slime videos are wildly popular on Instagram and YouTube.

The colorful, stretchy substance is fun and relaxing for kids and teens alike, and it’s easy to make in your own home.

However, many slime recipes call for Borax, a cleaning supply you may be allergic to or just don’t have on hand.

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If you’d still like to join in on the hype, don’t worry!

Below are two methods for making slime without Borax, both of which are simple and include limited ingredients.

How to Make Slime Without Borax

Cornstarch Method

The cornstarch method, one of the most popular non-Borax slime recipes, uses cornstarch as its base binding ingredient.


For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 and ½ cups of water.

Simple, right? Then you’ll want to add food coloring and anything else that you might like to mix into your slime.

Glitter, a popular mix-in, can be found at your local craft store.

You also need a few bowls for mixing everything, and a stove or microwave to heat the water.

If you’re using a stove, you’ll want a saucepan for the water. If you’re using a microwave, you’ll need a microwave-safe bowl or container.

Making the Slime

Step One: Water

Heat up your water. You don’t want it to be boiling, so if you’re using a stove, test it regularly with your hands to make sure it’s not too hot. If it hurts your skin, take it off the heat for a while.

If you’re using a microwave, put your water in for around forty-five seconds to achieve an optimal temperature.

Step Two: Coloring!

Pour about a cup of your water into the mixing bowl. If you want to color your slime, add four to five drops of food coloring and mix them around until fully incorporated.

The water should be darker than you want your end result to be, as the color will become diluted with the addition of other ingredients.

Step Three: Cornstarch

Now begin to combine your cornstarch and water.

Start out slow and mix the two using your hands, blending until it forms a slime-like substance.

You’ll want to add more cornstarch or more warm water depending on the consistency you’re seeking.

If you’re aiming for slime that’s thin and watery, add more H20. If you’d like it to be thicker and dry, add more cornstarch.

Step Four: The Mix-Ins

Once you have a consistency you like, here comes the fun part!

Glitter slime is popular and very pretty. Choose a color of glitter that complements the color of your food dye.

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Another fun mix-in is small beads. Some websites even sell colorful foam balls just for slime.

You can add these with your hands, pushing and pulling the mixture until it reaches a consistency you want.

The final result is a stimulating slime you can play with to your heart’s content!

How to Make Slime with Shaving Cream and Glue

By using shaving cream and glue, you can make a slime that many people have described as “fluffy.”

The shaving cream gives this slime a light feel and an opaque texture, as opposed to a shiny one.

This requires a few extra ingredients, but the effect is well worth the effort.


  • 2 bottles of Elmer’s school glue. (You’re probably familiar with the popular brand, but it’s important to get this specific type of glue, as it contains PVA, an important chemical for slime. You can use glue with glitter in it if you’d like, just so long as it contains PVA.)
  • A bottle of foaming shaving cream.
  • Saline contact solution. It may not seem obvious, but it’s integral to getting the foam to form the proper consistency.
  • Food coloring, as well as glitter or any mix-ins you might desire.

The tools you’ll need are a mixing bowl and some kind of mixing utensil.

A spatula is a good option, as it’s designed to be non-stick.

Making the Slime

Step One

Measuring? What measuring! Empty both your bottles of Elmer’s glue into the bowl – no guesswork needed.

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Step Two

Blend in a few drops of food coloring until it forms a solid tone.

Keep in mind that your slime’s end result will look lighter than this initial color, so don’t be afraid to make it dark.

Step Three

Add the shaving cream. Just squirt a large volume of foam into the bowl and use your spoon or spatula to incorporate it.

Mix it in fully, and then repeat the process with more foam. This may take a few minutes to complete.

If you’re uncertain how much to use, start small and add more later.

Step Four

Now take the saline contact solution. This is what activates your slime and keeps it from sticking.

Squirt some into the bowl, enough to cover the surface of your slime, and mix it up.

Continue mixing, adding more saline if necessary, until you have your desired consistency. At this point, add more cream if needed.

Step Five

Finally, you can mix in glitter, beads, or small foam balls.

The result is a fluffy, light slime that is pleasing to poke, prod and stretch.

The video below shows how to make slime with shampoo.

Do you have your own method on how to make slime?


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