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You will need

  • Elmer’s glue (most kinds of white craft glue will work)
  • 2 disposable cups
  • Food coloring (you pick the color)
  • Water
  • Borax Powder (available at most large grocery stores near the laundry detergent)
  • A plastic spoon (for stirring)
  • A tablespoon (for measuring)

What to do

  1. Fill one small cup with water and add a spoonful of the Borax powder and stir it up. Then set it aside.
  2. Fill the other small cup with about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the glue.
  3. Add three tablespoons (20 ml) of water to the glue and stir.
  4. Add a few drops of the food coloring and stir it up until mixed.
  5. Now the fun part…Add one tablespoons of the Borax solution you made earlier and stir well. Watch the slime form!
  6. After the slime forms let it sit for about 30 seconds and then pull it off the spoon and play with it!

Tip: Keep your slime in a tightly closed plastic bag when you are not playing with it, and keep it away from carpet and your little sister’s hair.

How does it work?

Now for the SCIENCE part…. This POLYMER is unique because it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. It can take the shape of its containers like a liquid does, yet you can hold it in your hand and pick it up like a solid. As you might know, solid molecules are tight together, liquid molecules spread out and break apart (drops) POLYMER molecules CHAIN themselves together (they can stretch and bend like chains) and that makes them special. Jell-O, rubber bands, plastic soda bottles, sneaker soles, even gum are all forms of polymers. The polymer you made should be kept in a sealed plastic bag when you aren’t playing with it. Also, be sure to keep it away from young kids or pets who might think it’s food. Have fun!


The project above is a DEMONSTRATION. To make it a true experiment, you can try to answer these questions:

  1. How can you make the polymer stretch the farthest?
  2. Does the amount of Borax added change the slime?
  3. What method of storage will make the polymer last the longest?
  4. What brand of glue makes the stretchiest polymer?
  5. Does the amount of water added to the glue affect the gooeyness of the slime?

Science Bob

You will need

* 1/4 cup of water
* 1/4 cup of white craft glue (like Elmer’s glue)
* 1/4 cup of liquid starch (used for clothes)
* Food coloring (optional)
* Mixing bowl
* Mixing spoon

What to do

Pour all of the the glue into the mixing bowl.
Pour all of the water to the mixing bowl with the glue.
Stir the glue and water together.
Add your food color now – about 6 drops should do it.
Now add the liquid starch and stir it in.
It should be nice and blobby by now. As you play with your slimy concoction, it will become more stretchy and easier to hold.
Explore your slimy creation and store it in a zip bag when you are not using it.

How does it work?

The glue is a liquid polymer. This means that the tiny molecules in the glue are in strands like a chain. When you add the liquid starch, the strands of the polymer glue hold together, giving it its slimy feel. The starch acts as a cross-linker that links all the polymer strands together.

The project above is a DEMONSTRATION. To make it a true experiment, you can try to answer these questions:

1. Does changing the amount of water or glue change the feel of the slime?

2. Do different glues make better slime?

3. How does changing the amount of each ingredient change how the slime turns out?

4. What happens to slime if it is stored out of a bag compared to in a bag?

Science Bob

This beautiful regular clear slime is a simple, fun craft recipe for those who love to feel things and play with their hands, for those who love ASMR videos, or even.


Goal: To create a polymer with glue and water but no borax
Age: Middle school and up
Safety Concerns: None
Time: 1 hour, plus as much time as you like to enjoy the slime

When you think about slime, you probably think of the toxic waste from comic books or movies, an electric green liquid oozing from barrels dumped somewhere. But what if you could make slime at home? Don't worry, we won't make a toxic version that might turn your pet turtle into a monster, but rather a fun version you can add glitter and food coloring to. And since we are scientists, we'll also learn about the chemical principles that allow us to turn two common household items - glue and liquid starch - into the fantastic compound that has both the properties of solids and liquids: slime.

Before you start, consider why adding starch to glue would create slime. What is going on between the molecules in the substances we start with?


  • 1 cup white craft glue, like Elmer's
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water
  • 1/2 cup liquid starch
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup to measure the liquids
  • Glitter or food coloring (optional, but fun)


  1. First, combine the glue and water in a bowl. Mix until they are homogeneous.
  2. Next, add any food coloring or glitter you'd like to your slime. Again, mix thoroughly.
  3. Then, add your liquid starch. Continue to mix with the spoon until it reaches a thick consistency you can hold.


If your slime is too runny, add some more liquid starch. If it is too thick, you can add more water to the glue to thin it out.

Discussion Questions

What happened when you added the liquid starch?

Why do you think the starch was the key ingredient to solidify the glue into slime? How did it change the glue molecules?

How It Works

Liquid glue is a polymer, or a long molecule made of repeating units of a single molecule called a monomer. There are both natural and synthetic polymers. For example, wool is a natural polymer while all plastics are synthetic polymers. The craft glue we use is called polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and is made up of repeating molecules of vinyl alcohol. We can compare polymers to LEGO toys. Let's imagine you had 100 red LEGO bricks. The individual LEGO bricks are your monomers. If you link all the bricks together in a chain, you have a polymer.

To learn more about polymers, check out this lesson: What Are Polymers? - Properties, Applications & Examples

Glue is a liquid polymer, meaning the long PVA chains aren't linked together. There are thousands of individual chains in the glue mixed with water molecules, but they don't stick together. The water allows the PVA chains to slide past each other, which makes the glue a sticky liquid.

Starch is also a polymer, made of repeating units of a sugar called glucose. When the starch chains interact with the PVA chains, they stick together, slowing down the movement of the PVA polymers. The starch chains weave in and out of the PVA chains, the way strands of wicker are woven together to make a basket. The basket still stretches when pulled, but it ultimately comes back to the same shape. This is how the starch and PVA chains come together to make slime.

If you're interested in the chemistry and other uses of starch, you can read more in this lesson: What Is Starch? Definition, Functions & Chemical Formula

The more starch you add, the more weaving will happen between the polymers, and the stiffer the slime will be. When you add less starch, there is less weaving and the slime will be more runny. You can experiment by adding more or less starch to see how it affects the consistency of your slime.

Borax is another agent used to create slime with glue. The borax, however, acts as a crosslinking agent. It binds to multiple PVA chains, holding them in place together. This creates the same effect as the starch but does so due to a different type of chemical reaction. The starch does not actually bind to the PVA chains, but rather winds around them, creating a similar effect.

If you're interested in making slime with borax, you can also look at the recipe in this experiment: How to Make Slime with Borax and Glue

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Easy Slime with Water and Cornstarch

Clear Slime with Saline Solution

Jiggly Slime with Shampoo and Water

Clear Slime with Borax



Clear Slime with Borax

  1. 1

    Mix 12 cup (120 mL) of water and 12 cup (120 mL) of clear glue in a bowl. Use a measuring cup to measure out 12 cup (120 mL) of clear school glue and pour it into a medium-sized bowl. Then, measure out 12 cup (120 mL) of water and pour it over the glue in the bowl. Stir the 2 ingredients thoroughly with a spoon until they're fully mixed together.[1]
    • Most bottles of school glue contain 4 ounces (120 mL), which amounts to 12 cup (120 mL). If your glue says 4 ounces on the packaging, you can just empty out the whole bottle into the bowl!
    • You can double the recipe and use 1 cup (240 mL) of clear glue and 1 cup (240 mL) of water.
    • Do not use white school glue! Using clear PVA glue is the key to making this slime clear.
  2. 2

    Add 1-3 drops of blue food coloring if you want to make blue water slime. Real water is clear, but you can tint your slime to look blue if you want a dramatic look. Your slime will still be see-through if you add food coloring, but it won't be crystal clear. If you want this, stir in 1-3 drops of blue food coloring with a spoon.
    • If you don't have blue food coloring on hand, then try 1-3 drops of liquid watercolor paint instead. Don't use acrylic paint, because you'll end up with slime that isn't see-through.

    Tip: Experiment with combinations to create custom colors for your slime! For example, you could add 1 drop of green food coloring and 2 drops of blue food coloring to create a pretty teal color.

  3. 3

    Mix 1/4 teaspoon (1.4 g) of Borax with 12 cup (120 mL) of warm water. Get out a separate bowl to make the Borax solution. Then, measure out 12 cup (120 mL) of warm water from your tap and pour it in the clean bowl. Use a spoon to stir in 1/4 teaspoon (1.4 g) of Borax powder. Mix them together until the Borax completely dissolves.[2]
    • Be sure to use warm water! If you use room temperature water, the Borax won't dissolve.
    • If you're doubling the recipe, use 1 cup (240 mL) of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon (2.8 g) of Borax powder.
    • Keep in mind that Borax can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation. Handle the concentrated powder carefully and keep it out of the reach of small children.
  4. 4

    Pour the Borax solution into the bowl of glue solution and stir well. Mix the 2 solutions together with a spoon until the mixture begins to thicken. Keep stirring the mixture until it starts to leave the sides of the bowl.[3]
    • Don't worry if there's still Borax water left in the bowl. As long as the glue clumps together, you're all set to go.
    • Don't whisk or whip the slime with the spoon as you stir it, or you'll introduce air bubbles. Air bubbles will make ruin the crystal clear look you're going for.
  5. 5

    Pull the slime out of the bowl and knead it with your hands. Continue to knead the slime until it comes together. The more you knead, the firmer and less-sticky it will become. Knead the slime for about 3 minutes.[4]
    • If there are any bubbles in the slime, let it sit in a plastic container for a few hours; they should disappear over time.
  6. 6

    Keep the slime in an airtight container when you're not using it. This type of slime is pretty oozy! A plastic container with a tight-fitting lid is the best storage option, but a plastic freezer bag will also work. Store the slime at room temperature.
    • Make sure that your hands are clean before you play with the slime to keep it looking clear.
    • If you store it properly in an airtight container, this type of slime should last at least 1 week, if not longer.


Clear Slime with Saline Solution

  1. 1

    Mix 12 cup (120 mL) of clear glue and 14 cup (59 mL) of water in a bowl. Measure out 12 cup (120 mL) of clear school glue and pour it into a bowl. Add 14 cup (59 mL) of water, then stir it in with a spoon. Keep stirring until the water is completely mixed in and the texture is consistent.[5]

    Tip: Add 1 to 2 drops of blue food coloring if you want "ocean water" slime!

  2. 2

    Stir in 1½ tablespoons (22.5 mL) of saline solution and set the slime aside. Make sure that the saline solution contains both boric acid and sodium borate; otherwise, the glue won't turn into slime. Once you stir in the saline solution with a spoon, set the mixture aside.[6]

  3. 3

    Mix 1/2 teaspoon (6 g) of baking soda and 1 cup (240 mL) of warm water in a separate bowl. Pour 1 cup (240 mL) of warm water into a glass, then add 1/2 teaspoon (6 g) of baking soda. Stir them together with a spoon until the baking soda dissolves, then set the glass aside so that the water can cool down.[7]
    • Be sure to use baking soda and not baking powder! They're not the same thing.
  4. 4

    Combine the glue mixture with the baking soda mixture and stir gently. Pour the glue-saline solution into the baking soda water solution; it will automatically come together into a glob. Give the mixture a few stirs with a spoon.[8]
    • The baking soda water activates the slime.
  5. 5

    Pull the glob out of the water and knead it to firm it up. There will be a lot of water leftover in the bowl, which is fine and normal! Just take the glob out of the water and knead it between your fingers for a few minutes until it thickens up and reaches a slime-like consistency.[9]
    • Discard the leftover baking soda water when you are done.
  6. 6

    Store the slime in an airtight container when you're not playing with it. After about a week, the consistency of the slime may start to change, but it could last longer than that. Make sure that your hands are clean when you play with the slime, or it'll get dirty!


Jiggly Slime with Shampoo and Water

  1. 1

    Pour 12 cup (120 mL) of clear, thick shampoo into a bowl. The color of the shampoo is up to you, but clear will look the most water-like. Choose a shampoo with a thick, gel-like consistency. Avoid shampoo that has a thin, watery consistency.[10]

  2. 2

    Add 1-2 drops of food coloring if you want to make ocean slime. You may want to skip this if your shampoo is already colored, or you can experiment with mixing colors. For example, you could add blue food coloring to yellow shampoo to make green slime. A little bit goes a long way, so 1-2 drops is all you need.[11]
    • If you don't have food coloring, use 2-3 drops of liquid watercolor paint.
  3. 3

    Stir 12 cup (120 mL) of water into the bowl of shampoo with a spoon. The water will make the consistency thin at first, but the longer you stir it, the thicker it will get. Keep stirring the ingredients until the shampoo regains its original thick consistency.[12]
    • You can use less water if you want thicker slime, or more water if you want thinner slime.
    • Don't stir too hard or too fast to prevent bubbles from forming.
  4. 4

    Transfer the slime to an airtight container and refrigerate it for 2 days. Do not touch or play with the slime during this time. As the mixture chills in the fridge, it will harden into slime![13] You can try speeding the process up by putting the slime into the freezer for 3-4 hours, but the results may not be as good.

  5. 5

    Keep the slime in its container when you're not using it. Because this slime contains very simple ingredients, it probably won't last for more than 2-3 days. If it starts to lose it's texture, you could try revitalizing it by stirring it back up again, then putting it back into the fridge for 2 days.
    • If the slime starts to get too runny while you're playing with it, try putting it back into the fridge or freezer for a few hours, and see if that helps.


Easy Slime with Cornstarch and Water

  1. 1

    Put 1 cup (128 g) of dry cornstarch into a medium-sized bowl. Use a measuring cup to measure out the cornstarch. Dump the cornstarch into a mixing bowl.[14]
    • Use a spoon to break up any clumps of cornstarch in the bowl.
  2. 2

    Pour 12 cup (120 mL) of warm water into the bowl and stir the mixture. You'll be adding warm water little by little to create the consistency you want. You can just go to the tap with a glass and fill it with warm water. Start adding water to the bowl with a quick splash, say about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of warm water. Stir the cornstarch and water together thoroughly with a spoon.[15]
    • As you stir, you will notice the mixture thickening.
    • Warm water will prevent the cornstarch from clumping.[16]
  3. 3

    Add 1-2 drops of food coloring, if desired. If you want to make colored slime, go ahead and add the food coloring of your choice to the mixture. You only need 1-2 drops, but you can experiment with adding more or less to achieve the exact shade that you want.[17]

  4. 4

    Keep stirring with a spoon and adding water until the mixture gets thick and slime-like. The exact consistency is up to you, just make sure your slime is thick enough to hold together![18]
    • If the slime feels too thin, add a little bit of cornstarch and keep stirring.
    • If the slime feels too thick, add a little more water.
  5. 5

    Scoop out the slime and play with it! The gooey texture of this slime makes it super fun to play with. After you're done playing with it, store the slime in a plastic baggie with a zippered top to keep it moist.[19]
    • You can toss out the slime once it starts to look dirty.

Community Q&A

Add New Question
  • Question

    Can I make this slime without saline solution?

    Yes, you can use the borax method. Simply put some borax in hot water, wait for it to dissolve, and you're ready to use it to activate!

  • Question

    What if I can’t get my slime with shampoo to activate?

    The shampoo you might be using might be to watery. Try using a shampoo with thicker consistency. The thicker, the better!

  • Question

    Do I need to activate the shampoo water slime?

    Yes, you need to activate the slime with salt as your activator.

  • Question

    In step 4, I used the amount of borax into the water as it said, but it still turns out to be hard. What do I need to do?

    Use less. Your borax may be stronger than the one used in the article. Slime usually involves trial and error.

  • Question

    How can I make slime with just water?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible. You must have a thick ingredient and activator, like shampoo and glue or salt and borax.

    Unicorn Fangirl

    Community Answer

  • Question

    What if this doesn't work even though I used a thick shampoo?

    Your shampoo may not contain boric properties. Try using a different shampoo instead.

  • Question

    How do I get rid of the bubbles, if possible?

    Let your slime sit by the window in a clear container with a lid overnight. Usually the slime clears up!

  • Question

    When you use Tide (laundry detergent), in slime, does it work?

    Tide usually does work however I would not recommend it because it can really irritate your hands. The best option would be liquid starch which is made a type of plant.

  • Question

    Can I use white glue instead of clear glue?

    You can, but your slime will not be clear if you use white glue.

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  • If you want something that looks a little more like ocean water, use teal food coloring. Alternatively, mix blue and green food coloring together.
  • For ocean slime, consider mixing in fish-shaped glitter, sequins, or beads.
  • If the glue starts to form bubbles, you might be stirring it too fast and getting too much air into it. Slow down!
  • For jiggly slime, you can add colored water instead of food coloring.


  • Borax can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation. Be sure to handle the concentrated powder with care. Keep it out of the reach of small children and pets.

Things You'll Need

Easy Slime with Cornstarch and Water

Clear Slime with Saline Solution

Jiggly Slime with Shampoo and Water

Clear Slime with Borax

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Learn How to Make Clear Slime with Borax & Glue in a few easy steps! 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of white school glue; 1 Teaspoon Borax 20 Mule Team; Measuring Cup; Gloves (optional) Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into the cup of warm water. Mix it until . We have a ton of cute and tasty crafts to inspire you on your next project.

How To Make Slime With Only Glue And Water

How to Make Slime without Borax or Glue

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House

Making slime is an easy, affordable way to keep little hands busy. If you’re a busy parent, grandparent, or caregiver looking for a fun do-it-yourself craft, this one will keep young ones busy for hours.

Carefully review the ingredients in any recipe you make. Elements such as borax can cause painful irritation or injury. See Fox 59’s report for more information.

How to make slime with shaving cream

You can make a great fluffy version of slime with a few simple ingredients. You will need:

  • Suave Kids 3-in-1 Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Salt
  • Mixing utensil
  • Mixing bowl

Follow these easy steps to achieve do-it-yourself slime:

  1. Pour shampoo into a mixing bowl.If you are unsure how much to use, start small. Try about two tablespoons to begin. You can always add more later to make a larger batch.
  2. Add shaving cream to bowl.You will want about a 1:1 mixture of shampoo and shaving cream.
  3. Use mixing utensil to stir ingredients together.
  4. Stir until your mixture is a uniform consistency.
  5. Add salt.If you are going with the initial test of two tablespoons, you will want about a teaspoon of salt.
  6. Mix until the concoction is smooth in texture.
  7. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove and play!

Those busy little bodies can reap hours of fun with this easy slime recipe.

How to make slime with body wash

Here’s another fun recipe to try for slime that uses common household items, but no borax or glue. Assemble these ingredients:

  • Body wash
  • Food coloring
  • Cornstarch
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing utensil
  • Water

Once you have gathered your supplies, follow these steps:

  1. Add body wash to mixing bowl.If you are unsure how much you are hoping to make, start small. Add about two tablespoons to begin. You can always add more later.
  2. Add food coloring. Continue adding until you achieve the desired color.
  3. Mix until the texture is smooth in consistency.
  4. Pour cornstarch into the mixture.
  5. You will need about the same amount of cornstarch as body wash.
  6. Mix ingredients together with your utensil.
  7. When ingredients are mostly mixed, but you still have a floury consistency, pick up and knead together with hands.At first it may seem as though you have added too much cornstarch. Not to worry. Continue kneading with hands until all elements are mixed and concoction is doughy in consistency.
  8. Optional: Add water to make your slime more stretchy. Add as necessary to achieve desired consistency.
  9. And now, begin having fun!
  10. Always store your slime in an airtight container for later usage.

Always dispose of slime in the garbage. Putting slime in sinks can clog your drain.

Check out this article for more slime recipes using cornstarch.

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This beautiful regular clear slime is a simple, fun craft recipe for those who love to feel things and play with their hands, for those who love ASMR videos, or even.

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