Looking for Chemical Free Slime to Keep Your Kids Engaged for Hours? Try These Borax Free Recipes to Make Slime
Slime is one of the most top-rated toys or play material among kids in recent times. This gooey DIY toy has literally made huge waves and is a top favourite not only among kids but also among adults too! Slime is undoubtedly very satisfying to squish and stretch. No wonder both kids and adults just love this gooey piece of fun. Here are some chemical free easy recipes for you to try with kids to keep them engaged for a long time!
What is Slime?
Slime is basically a gooey, sticky substance that has a thick glue-like texture. Originally made from chemical compound mixtures like borax, slime has now evolved itself to be harmless and free from harsh chemicals. It was first manufactured in 1976 as a toy, but it has been created in many variations over the years.
Is it Safe to Play with?
It has been found that most commercially available slime contain more borax in their composition than they are allowed to have. This poses more threat for younger children who ironically are the ones who are more exposed to slime. Borax is a chemical cleaning product and is associated with burns in children. Hence, it is always better that parents remain more vigilant when it comes to buying slime for their little ones. In fact, health authorities warn parents to be wary of even homemade alternatives containing borax in any form. So, if you are able to provide your little ones with a homemade slime mix that is free of borax, then it can undeniably provide safe slime for your kids to play with!
Well, if you aren’t sure about how to prepare slime without borax, then you need not worry at all as we have you completely covered. Read through our numerous recipes for making slime without borax and pick up the one that best suits you. Or even better, try them all! They are all easy DIYs.
How to Make Slime without Borax?
Borax, the toxic laundry additive is often reported to have caused burns in children. It may also cause irritation on sensitive skin. High levels of boron may also result in vomiting and cramps in kids. Apparently, it is always a good idea to discard play materials with harmful chemicals and go for more natural alternatives. Here are a few borax-free recipes for you to try. Let the kids have fun too while you try these out with them.
Recipe 1 - Basic Fluffy Slime
This a simple DIY recipe that will allow your children to have fun while playing with slime, yet won’t put their health at risk. Fluffy slime is slime with more airiness in it and is almost dough-like. Well, the texture can be notably different from the usual store-bought ones. But, you can rest assured about one thing - that it is totally borax free!
To make this slime, there are basically two main ingredients that you will need - shampoo and cornstarch! You can select the type and brand of the shampoo that you prefer (probably the ones that are more organic and contain less chemicals!).
- Shampoo - ½ cup
- Cornstarch - ¼ cup
- Food colouring - 3 drops (optional)
- Water – 6 tbsp
- Put the shampoo and cornstarch into a bowl and mix well.
- Now, add the food colouring.
- Next, add the water gradually in small quantities (1 tbsp each) and mix well to combine the ingredients.
- Finally, knead the slime well to reach the desired consistency.
Tip - If you find that the slime is too sticky, then add cornstarch as needed.
Recipe 2 - Volcano Slime or Heat Reactive Slime
This slime has a consistency that is almost similar to the previous one. However, it is different due to the very interesting fact that it reacts to heat! So, ideally when you place it in a microwave for 20 seconds, you will notice that the fluffy slime melts into a lava-like substance. Upon cooling, it turns back into the same fluffy slime!
- White school glue - ¼ cup
- Cornstarch - ½ cup
- Food colouring - 3 drops (optional)
- Add the white glue and cornstarch into a bowl and mix well.
- Next add the food colouring. Knead it with hands for around 10 minutes or till all the ingredients combine well.
- Place it in the microwave and observe the changes in consistency for the next few minutes.
- After cooling, knead again with your hands.
Tip - Make sure that the white glue is non-toxic and washable.
Recipe 3 - Stretchy Sand Slime
Here is a slime recipe that is different from the usual slime preparations that you normally try. In fact, it is almost like taking your kids to the beach as they get to play with sand too! The slime is gooey and stretchy, and fun to play with for hours! And yes, it has a grainy texture from the sand that gives it the extra edge of fun and creativity. It is easy and quick to whip up and can be made within a matter of minutes.
- White PVA school glue - ½ cup
- Liquid starch - ¼ cup
- Water - ½ cup
- Beach sand, play sand or craft sand - as required
- Add the white glue and water to a bowl. Combine well.
- Now, to this mixture, you can add several tablespoons of sand as required.
- Then add the liquid starch into this and stir continuously.
- Finally, take out the slime and knead with hands till the desired consistency is reached. Try making this slime recipe with your kids for a fun filled play experience!
Recipe 4 - 3-Ingredients Easy Slime
This quick and easy slime composition involves only three ingredients and is borax-free! This is a supple and easy-to-squeeze slime that kids are definitely going to love. An engaging and quiet playful experience for your little ones while you can get some relaxed peace-of-mind time for yourself, because you know why - it is free from chemicals and totally safe to play with.
- White washable school glue - 2 bottles of 4 ounce each
- Saline solution or contact lens solution - 3 tbsp
- Liquid food colouring - 1-2 drops (optional)
- Baking soda - 1 tsp
- Add the glue and food colouring into a bowl.
- Next, add the baking soda and stir until smooth in consistency.
- Pour in the saline solution in little quantities and stir well. The mixture should now begin to harden and become stringy. You know it is done when the slime starts rolling out like a ball.
- Finally, knead the slime with hand. Add little more of the saline solution, if needed.
Recipe 5 - DIY Slime with Salt
If you are wondering how to make slime without borax and glue, then here is an interesting alternative. This recipe requires table salt and shampoo, both of which are totally borax free. It is easy to prepare and glitter can be added to make it more fun and creative. However, it may not be of the quality of a store-bought slime, as it mainly uses salt as the primary ingredient.
- Table salt - ¼ to ½ cup
- Shampoo - ¼ cup
- Water - ¼ cup
- Firstly, pour the measured quantity of shampoo into a bowl.
- Add the water in little amounts to it and stir well till combined.
- Now, add the table salt in small batches gradually and combine well.
- Keep adding the table salt till you reach the desired consistency. Also, don’t forget to keep stirring every time you add the salt!
Edible Slime Recipes
All the sceptical parents out there who are still hesitant to follow the above-mentioned recipes because you find some or the other sort of inorganic ingredient in the recipe, we hear you! We guess your doubts hold true if you are planning to make slime for your toddler and don’t want to get those tiny little hands (or mouths!) in any kind of chemicals, not even white glue let alone borax!
Here are a few recipes with literally no chemical compound whatsoever. In fact, the recipes are so safe to use that they are almost edible!
Recipe 6 - DIY Slime with Fibre Powder
This rubbery oozy slime is made up from fibre powder and hence, contains no harmful contents including borax. The slime may be edible but it is not encouraged to be consumed as a snack. It is a taste-safe slime and will do no harm to the child if consumed in small amounts. The process involves heating the mix in a microwave, so, adult supervision is required at all times.
- Fibre powder - 4-6 tbsp
- Water - 2 cups
- Liquid food colouring - 2-3 drops (optional)
- In a microwave safe container, add the fibre powder and water. Mix well and heat on high temperature for 3 minutes.
- Remove the container carefully from the microwave and stir well.
- Place it back in the microwave for another minute or so. Remove from the microwave and stir again.
- Continue the process with adding fibre powder in between till desired consistency is reached.
- The slime will form more or less quickly, depending on the amount of fibre powder you add. The slime continues to congeal over time.
- Finally, spread it over a baking dish and place it in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Recipe 7 - Edible Slime with Condensed Milk
Here is a slime recipe that uses common kitchen ingredients to prepare and has absolutely nothing harmful such as borax. You can make stretchy edible slime in no time with this simple and easy recipe. This slime is totally safe to give to toddlers to play with as it is also a sweet treat for them!
- Sweetened condensed milk - Can of 369 gm
- Cornstarch - 1 tbsp
- Sugar - 2 tbsp
- Liquid food colouring - 2-3 drops (optional)
- Pour the condensed milk into a sauce pan.
- Heat it over medium flame and stir continuously.
- Add in the sugar and the cornstarch.
- Stir and cook the slime for a while till the desired consistency is reached.
Tip - You can store the slime in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. However, it thickens over time.
Recipe 8 - Edible Marshmallow Slime
The safest way to make slime without chemicals like borax, is to make it out of totally edible items. Marshmallow with its gooey and sticky nature when melted makes for an amazing catalyst in preparing edible slime. Here is an easy and fun idea with marshmallows to make safe slime mix.
- Mini marshmallows - 1 bag
- Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
- Cornstarch - ½ cup
- Icing sugar - ½ cup
- Food colouring - 2-3 drops (optional)
- In a large pot on medium heat, add the marshmallows and the coconut oil.
- Mix continuously till melted. Once melted, pour this mix into a bowl and also add in the icing sugar and cornstarch.
- Knead this with hand till combined well. Transfer this mixture to a cornstarch covered surface and knead well.
- Add food colouring, coconut oil, cornstarch and icing sugar as required to make a slime of desired consistency.
Tips to Make DIY Slime
So, are you ready to try these borax-free slime recipes? Well, preparing and playing with slime is a messy business indeed. So, to make things easy, we strongly recommend that you follow these tips before starting with the slime preparation.
Cover the Table Surface Before Preparing the Slime
Cover your table surface properly before diving into the preparation. Enjoy carefree with your little ones as you will have less to worry about when it comes to cleaning up the mess, we promise!
Remember to Wash Your Hands
Always remember to wash your hands properly before and after the preparation of slime. This particularly applies while making edible slime for your little ones.
Let Kids Make Slime only Under Your Supervision
Keep a close watch on your kids as they measure and mix the contents for the slime. You don’t want them to mix things in the wrong proportions!
Start with Small Quantities
Similar to any cooking recipe, when trying for the first time, we suggest you start off with small quantities.
Keep Your Kids Safe and Engaged with Borax Free Slime
Slime is an important playing material nowadays and you should not deprive your children from playing with it. We also understand your concerns of exposing your kids to harmful chemicals which is always avoidable. We hope this BP Guide will help you not only make borax free slime quickly at home, but also to keep your kids engaged in fun activities involving slime.