How To Make Slime Without Glue

Learn how to make slime without glue and join the craze everyone has been talking about. Slime is squishy, gooey, oozy, and just plain fun. You can make farting noises with it, throw it at walls, and gross adults out with it. But, what exactly is slime and how can you make it yourself if you don’t have any glue on you? Well, check out this guide to find out.

A Quick Gude On How To Make Slime Without Glue:

  • Step 1: heat up 1 cup of water, but do not let it boil or simmer
  • Step 2: pour the warm water into a bowl and add your food coloring
  • Step 3: measure out 2 cups of cornstarch and pour your warm, and colored, water into the cornstarch
  • Step 4: mix the 2 together, and keep the temp regulated as you work.
    • if your slime is too watery add more cornstarch
  • Step 5: you will know when your slime is perfect when it feels dry to the touch but is still viscous
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What is slime and how do you make it?

Slime (also called Flubber) has been a staple of kid’s lives since the late 1970’s when it became a children’s toy. Slime is a gooey and sticky substance that is somewhere on the spectrum between a solid and a liquid and its viscosity (the speed which a liquid can flow) can actually vary depending on temperature. But just what is this fun substance?

It can exist in nature, interestingly enough, and is used as a defense mechanism. Slime is also prevalent in humans, especially come cold and flu season in the form of snot. There is, however, one animal that shows off its slime. That animal is the beautiful Hagfish (pictured below). As you can see in the picture below, Hagfish secrete slime as a defense mechanism against other fish (and sometimes humans). This slime coats everything, and in water, it is extremely effective in stopping or slowing down any predators. The Hagfish slime is so effective, in fact, that our United States military is looking into creating a synthetic slime to be used on our aircraft carriers and other marine ships to be used to protect our ships.

Now synthetic slime, on the other hand, is slightly different (and far less nasty) than the Hagfish slime. Besides being a great toy, it can actually be used to help save people. Slime can be used to plug wounds, and can even be used as armor for divers.

What is the science of slime?

As y’all probably guessed, artificial slime exists because of a chemical reaction. The main ingredients in slime are glue and boric acid (we will cover this later on) react to each other to create this fascinating thing. The glue has molecules in it that slide around easily actually link up with the boric acid molecules that slow down that sliding. That slowed down flow makes the liquid become considerably more viscous and turns it into an almost solid object. Now there are recipes for slime that exclude some ingredients, but this is the general idea behind slime.

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When talking about slime we do need to talk about Sir Isaac Newton and his theories on the matter. He should sound familiar to y’all since he is the one who first theorized about gravity and had his fingers in many different science pies. Slime is considered to be a non-Newtonian fluid. What that essentially means is that it doesn’t follow Newton’s law of viscosity (think flow of a liquid and shear rate). In a non-Newtonian liquid, the viscosity is essentially dependent on time (as opposed to pressure and temperature), as opposed to shear rate. Slime is not the only non-Newtonian fluid you are probably familiar with. Some examples of non-Newtonian liquids are:

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Silly putty
  • Caramel

This is a super simplified idea of non-Newtonian liquids, but if you want something a little more in-depth, you can Google “non-Newtonian fluids,” where you will find hundreds of pages that you can learn more about it.

Types of slime

Now that you can somewhat know the science behind slime, let’s quickly go over all the different kinds of artificial slime there is. Here are just a few of the many types of slime:

  • Magnetic
  • Glow in the dark
  • Floam
  • Flubber
  • Electroactive
  • Fake snot
  • Silly putty
  • Thermochromic and heat sensing
  • Scented
  • Galaxy (my personal favorite)

These are just a few of the many slime options there are. So, without further ado, let’s make some slime!

How To Store Slime

Before we delve into all the slime recipes, we should know just how to store our slime. All of the slime you make from all these recipes can be stored in plastic containers. The slime will keep for a while, depending on what kind, as long as it is airtight. I personally use containers similar to this, but any will do. Another option is to put your slime in Ziploc bags.

There is such a thing as slime storage containers (pictured above) you can buy, but honestly, you don’t need to spend the money on those when other methods work the same.

Ingredients for Slime

Now y’all might be curious where to get some of these ingredients for making these slime creations. Let’s cover some of the stuff you’ll need most:

  • Elmer’s glue: now you can get Elmer’s glue just about anywhere, but the best one to get is the gallon sized glue containers. That gives you quite a bit to work with so you can try multiple different recipes.
    • Can be picked up in stores or on Amazon
  • Food coloring: this can be found at any grocery store, you don’t need any specific brand and the color all depends on way your preference.
  • Liquid starch: again, this can be found in the laundry detergent aisle at most grocery stores. Sta-flo is what we used, but you can use any brand
  • Baking soda: can be found in the baking aisle of any grocery store. Any brand will work, we used Arm and Hammer though.
  • Borax powder: now this ingredient can be harder to find. If your grocery store carries it then you can find it near the laundry detergent. If they don’t have it, you can buy some on Amazon (like this here).

General Note: We have absolutely no affiliation with Elmer’s glue, it just happens to be the best glue to use with slime. You can use other glues, but they may not turn out as well as the Elmer’s does.

How To Make Slime Without Glue (Recipe & Ingredients)

If you don’t have an entire tub of glue around the house, and can’t get out to go get some for whatever reason, then you can actually make slime that has no glue in it. These recipes do not require any glue, and actually quite a few them are also borax free. These slimes will be different than the other slime recipes in this guide, so don’t expect super gooey slimes with these glue free recipes.

Slime Recipe without Glue

This is a cool recipe that is actually made with cornstarch and contains no glue (or borax, for that matter). Supplies you’ll need for non-glue slime:

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • Food coloring
  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • Mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons

Steps To Make Slime Without Glue

  • Step 1: heat up 1 cup of water, but do not let it boil or simmer
  • Step 2: pour the warm water into a bowl and add you food coloring
  • Step 3: measure out 2 cups of cornstarch and pour your warm, and colored, water into the cornstarch
  • Step 4: mix the 2 together, and keep the temp regulated as you work.
    • if your slime is too watery add more cornstarch
  • Step 5: you will know when your slime is perfect when it feels dry to the touch but is still viscous

Non-glue alternative: Powered fiber slime

We got this recipe from WikiHow, and though we weren’t super crazy about it we decided to share it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered fiber
  • Food coloring

Here are the instructions for making this slime without glue. I will say they are pretty involved instructions that took longer than the other recipes we tried on this list.

  • Step 1: mix in 1 teaspoon of your fiber powder with 1 cup of water
  • Step 2: add in your food coloring and mix well
  • Step 3: microwave your mixture for about 5 minutes or so on high
  • Step 4: let the mix stand about 3 minutes then mix it up and stick it back into the microwave about 5 more times, repeating the process of letting it cool, mixing then heating

The whole thing takes about 20 minutes or so, and (to me) the slime is not worth that amount of time. But, it does not contain any glue, nor does it contain borax.

Dish soap slime without glue:

This recipe is a little different in that it actually uses dish soap. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1.5 tablespoons of dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Mixing bowl

Here’s how to make this slime:

  • Step 1: pour about 1.5 tablespoons of dish soap (we used Dawn) into a bowl
  • Step 2 (optional): you can mix in your glitter and food coloring now, but this step is optional
  • Step 3: add in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in with your soap and mix well
  • Step 4: knead the slime until it is the perfect consistency

Shampoo and salt slime without glue:

To me, this is one of the easier recipes that don’t require glue to do. Here is what you will need:

  • Shampoo (the thinker the better)
  • Body wash (optional, it will help thicken your slime)
  • Salt

Follow these instructions to make your salty shampoo slime:

  • Step 1: pour out some shampoo into a bowl, the thicker than shampoo the gooier the slime
  • Step 2 (optional): add in some body wash if you want your slime to be thicker
    • Mix until the 2 are thoroughly blended
  • Step 3: add salt and stir in, adding enough salt to the mixture to thicken
    • Add a pinch at a time until it thickens up, there isn’t a set amount since brands are different
  • Step 4: freeze the slime for 20 minutes, then it is ready to play with

After a while, you may need to refreeze it if it becomes too runny.

“Maybe now you’ll never slime a guy with a positron collider, huh?” — Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters 

Shampoo-y and toothpaste-y slime

This recipe calls for toothpaste and shampoo, and is just as easy as the previous shampoo slime. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 in 1 shampoo (2 in 1 actually works better than normal shampoo)
  • Toothpaste

Here are the steps to make this simple 2 ingredient slime:

  • Step 1: pour some of the 2 in 1 shampoo into a bowl
  • Step 2: add in the same amount of toothpaste
    • Any kind of toothpaste will work, just make sure you have the same amount of toothpaste and shampoo
  • Step 3: mix the slime well until it looks and feels like putty
  • Note: If you need to adjust the consistency you can add more of whatever substance
    • If it is too thick add more shampoo
    • If too thin add more toothpaste

This will turn into more of a putty-slime than the gooey slime, but it is still fun to play around with.

At Home Fluffy Slime Recipe

You might think that making slime is a difficult and tedious job, but that really is not the case. In fact, fluffy slime only requires 5 ingredients. Once you see how simple this slime is, you’ll realize not only how simple this is, but you can make slime with your kids. It helps them learn science and have fun, and it helps you spend time with them. Or if you don’t have kids, like me, then you get to make some awesome slime to play with.

What you’ll need to make regular super fluffy slime

To make fluffy slime you will need:

  • Foam shaving cream
  • Lots of Elmer’s glue (a tub will work best)
  • Food coloring (this is technically optional, but colored slime is neat looking)
  • Baking soda
  • Baby oil (another optional ingredient)
  • Contact solution (saline)
  • Bowl to mix in
  • Measuring cups and spoons


To make fluffy slime follow these steps here:

  • Step 1: add around 1/2 a cup of glue to a container
  • Step 2 (optional): add food coloring
    • for a lighter color only add a few drops
    • for darker color add more than a few drops
  • Step 3: mix the glue and food coloring well
  • Step 4: mix in about 4 cups of foam shaving cream
  • Step 5: add about 1/4 of a teaspoon f baking soda
  • Step 6: add in 1 tablespoon of contact solution
  • Step 7: mix everything together
    • Kneading the solution combines everything best
  • Step 8 (optional): once your slime is thoroughly mixed you can add in a little bit of baby oil so the slime won’t stick to everything

Fluffy snow slime

Here is another recipe that requires only 3 ingredients that is great to make in the wintertime.

What you will need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Shaving cream
  • Contact solution WITH boric acid
  • Bowl to mix in
  • measuring cup and spoon

Here’s how to make 3 ingredient fluffy slime:

  • Step 1: pour 1/2 a cup of glue into your bowl
  • Step 2: add in 1.5 cups of foam shaving cream
  • Step 3: mix to combine glue and shaving cream
  • Step 4: mix in 2.5 tablespoons of the contact solution SLOWLY
  • Step 5: you will be done mixing when the slime doesn’t stick to the edges of the bowl and forms into a ball
  • Step 6: knead well until the slime isn’t sticky
    • if it is too sticky to handle you can add more contact solution to thin it out a bit

The fluffy snow slime is my personal favorite. It is extremely squishy and the white color looks really neat. It also runs no risks of staining anything, which is also useful with younger kids… and some adults.

How To Make Slime Without Borax (Recipe & Ingredients)

When you make slime a lot of recipes call for borax or boric acid. That is what gives the slime the sticky viscosity and makes it almost runny. It is, for the most part, a very safe thing to use in slime. However, it can be a skin irritant and people can have an allergy to borax, and it should not be eaten (what kid doesn’t put slime into their mouth?). And, borax is not something most people have sitting around at home. Even if you aren’t sure if you or your child are allergic to boric acid, it can’t hurt to make some slime without borax in it. So, here are a few recipes to make slime that does NOT contain borax.

Now there is a controversy about borax and its safety

Note: None of the recipes on this will include Borat either.

Borax-free goo

This is actually one of the easier slimes to make in this guide. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Liquid starch
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring


  • Step 1: Mix together 1/2 a cup of liquid starch with 1 cup of your Elmer’s glue
  • Step 2: mix well and add food coloring

Like I said, this is an extremely easy slime to make and the gooey-ness is a lot of fun to play around with.

Heat sensitive borax free slime (AKA lava slime)

This recipe is actually courtesy from cNet (can be found here). This is also called volcano slime because when you stick it in the microwave it melts and seems like lava. Here’s what you will need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Cornstarch
  • Mixing bowl, measuring cup and spoon, and your microwave

Here’s how to make your lava slime:

  • Step 1: put 1/4 cup of Elmer’s glue into a bowl and mix it with 1/2 a cup of cornstarch
  • Step 2 (optional): add some food coloring – we used red so it looks all lava-ee
  • Step 3: mix your slime well and then knead with your hands
  • Step 4: stick your slime in the microwave for about 20 seconds
  • Step 5: let slime cool, then knead again

After that, you can stick your slime in the microwave (for 20 seconds) and when it is melty it can look like awesome and slimy lava.

Super slimy borax-free slime

Here are the ingredients you will need to make super slimy slime:

  • Eye drops or borax free contact solution
  • Baking soda
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring
  • Of course, a bowl, mixing spoon, and measuring cups and spoons


  • Step 1: pour 1/2 a cup of Elmer’s glue into your bowl
  • Step 2: add your food coloring (I personally added about 15 drops to make it super colorful)
  • Step 3: add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda to your mixture
  • Step 4: add in your eye drops about 10 to 15 drops at a time while still mixing
    • You will notice the consistency changing, in total I added about 50 drops total
  • Step 5: put a few drops of your eye drops onto your hands and knead the slime by hand

This recipe was extremely easy to do, just make sure you buy a big enough container of eye drops because you end up using quite a bit of it.

Baby powder slime

This recipe is super simple to make, and who doesn’t want to play with something called baby powder slime? And before you ask, no, it isn’t made with real babies. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Food coloring
  • Baby powder (can also use talc, but “talc slime” doesn’t sound as cool)

How to do it:

  • Step 1: pour 1/2 a cup of glue into a bowl
  • Step 2: add some food coloring to your glue
  • Step 3: mix the glue and food coloring well
  • Step 4: add 1/2 cup of baby powder and mix well

This particular recipe creates a very slimy and sticky slime, and it is extremely fun to play with.

How To Make Slime With Borax (Recipe & Ingredients)

The recipes in this section all have borax in them. Now, the really slimy slimes all contain borax (also called boric acid). If you or your child have any allergy to borax then stick to the recipes that do not contain any boric acid in them. Now, some of these recipes do require actual borax powder. Borax is something you can find in your local grocery market’s laundry detergent section, but if you can’t find it there you can actually get some on Amazon (like this here).


This is the “traditional” slime that you can either buy at the store or make yourself. And, it is pretty much the slime from the movie Flubber, so maybe your batch will contain an adorable little green blob with a massive personality. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Borax powder
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Here is how to make this traditional slime:

  • Step 1: pour about 1/2 a cup of Elmer’s glue into a bowl
  • Step 2: Add your food coloring
  • Step 3: activate the slime
    • Mix about 1/2 a teaspoon of borax into 1/2 a cup of hot water
    • Stir like crazy until the borax is dissolved (some tiny chunks are okay)
  • Step 4: slowly mix the borax water into the glue, stirring continuously
    • Use all the borax mixture, don’t skimp out
  • Step 5: the slime will combine pretty quickly, and after you mix it together well begin kneading the mixture to work out any clumps that may show up

That’s it y’all, it is that simple to make great slime in the comfort of your own home. You can also add in glitter and things like that into this mix to make it more unique, but we will delve into the world of glittery slime later on in the guide.

Clear slime

This slime is clear, with no food coloring or glitter. And it is awesome looking. Here are the things that you’ll need to make clear slime:

  • 1 teaspoon of borax powder
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 4 ounces of clear Elmer’s glue

Here’s how to make this slime:

  • Step 1: Mix up your borax solution
    • 1 teaspoon of borax powder mixed well with 1 cup of hot water
  • Step 2: dump your clear glue into a bowl and mix your borax solution into it
    • Add it in slowly, just like in the recipe above
    • If you add it in too quickly your slime will pretty instantly harden and you will have to restart… take it from me
  • Step 3: once your two solutions are thoroughly mixed you can knead your slime together until it becomes the perfect mix

If your slime gets a little too hard you can stick it in an airtight container for a while and it will be good to go.

How To Make Slime With Glue (Recipe & Ingredients)

The recipes in this section can range and vary in the type of slime, but they all have one thing in common; they all have glue in them. These recipes are all similar but they produce different results, so let’s go over some.

Simple slime

This is a great slime to try out with your kids because it is easy to do and does not contain any borax. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Baking soda
  • Food coloring
  • Contact solution (with boric acid)

Here’s how to make this very simple slime:

  • Step 1: dump 1 cup of Elmer’s glue into your mixing bowl of choice
  • Step 2: add in about 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your glue pile
  • Step 3 (optional): add in your choice of food coloring
    • We used about 10 drops of some blue food coloring and it looked great
  • Step 4: add in a couple squirts of your contact solution creating the slimy slime you are looking for
  • Step 5: mix your slime up well to incorporate everything

Radioactive slime

This is actually one of my favorite slime recipes on this list. Here’s what you need:

  • Elmer’s clear glue (you can use the white glue, but we preferred the clear)
  • Borax
  • Water
  • Food coloring (green and yellow work best)
  • Yellow highlighter (optional, but freakin’ awesome)

Here’s what you need to do to make it:

  • Step 1: mix up your borax solution
    • Use 1 cup of hot water and dissolve borax into it, stirring constantly
  • Step 2: mix up 1/2 a cup of glue with 1 cup of water
  • Step 3: drop 4 drops of green food coloring and 4 drops of yellow food coloring to make the slime look radioactive
  • Step 4: mix the glue and borax solution slowly
  • Step 5: break open a yellow highlighter and mix the ink into your slime
    • Under a black light, your radioactive slime just became a little more radioactive

Starry slime

This is a very similar recipe to other slime recipes on the list, but this one packs a little something extra. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Elmer’s clear glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Water
  • Star confetti (this is our extra)

Here’s how to make this starry concoction:

  • Step 1: Mix together 1/2 a cup of liquid starch with 1 cup of your Elmer’s glue
  • Step 2: mix mixture well to make sure it is all incorporated
  • Step 3: now you can add your star confetti to the mix, as well as any food coloring you might want to add

Like I said, this is similar to other recipes but this has a little confetti thrown in.

Unicorn sand slime

This one is a really cool, and super fun, slime to make. Here’s what you need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Food coloring
  • Fine sand

 Here’s how to make this unicorn sand:

  • Step 1: mix together your 1/2 cup of Elmer’s glue with 1 cup of water
  • Step 2: stir in your food coloring (and repeat if necessary for other colors)
  • Step 3: add in your sand now to the mixture (about 1/2 a cup will do), making sure you incorporate it as much as possible
  • Step 4: next you will need to stir in your liquid starch, there is no exact measurement
    • Just keep kneading until it isn’t sticky

This slime is great because it is so unique because it has the sand in it. That sand gives a great feel that can keep anyone occupied for a while (including kids and adults).

Other Easy DIY Slime Recipes (Pink, Glitters, etc.)

Now we get onto the other slimes that are great to make. These vary and can contain just about anything. Again, you will probably see patterns in the ingredients and instructions, but they will all differ in one way or another. Let’s go over them.

Edible Slime

So slime that can be edible doesn’t sound like a good lunch choice, but if you have a kid who puts stuff in their mouth, then this might be a good choice for you. So, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour
  • Food coloring

Here’s how to put this slime together:

  • Step 1: pour 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (we used Eagle Brand) into a pan
  • Step 2: pour in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in, mix well and turn the heat on low stirring constantly
  • Step 3: once it has thickened remove from the heat and add your food coloring in
  • Step 4: allow the slime to cool and then it is ready to play with

Starburst slime

If I’m being honest, I am a little crazy for Starbursts. My favorites are the cherry ones, and boy I can scarf them down like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re a fan of Starburst candies, you might like this edible slime. Here are the ingredients for what you need:

  • 1 bag of Starburst candy
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cornstarch

Here’s how to make this oh-so-delicious slime:

This is something that requires some cooking, so any kids should get some help making this sweet treat.

  • Step 1: divide out your candies by color and place into a bowl
  • Step 2: next mix up 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • Step 3: create a double boiler and melt the candies
    • To do this, boil some water in a glass bowl (or saucepan) and place another bowl on top with the candies inside
  • Step 4: dust a cookie sheet with your cornstarch and powdered sugar and knead the candies on it
    • Wait for them to cool so you don’t burn yourself

Now you can play with it, knead it, and do whatever it is you want to do with slime. It tastes great and is fun to play with.

Silly Putty

There are actually a few recipes to make silly putty (it is an alternate since the real Silly Putty is patented and whatnot). So, let’s go over them.

Recipe 1:

What you need

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water
  • Borax
  • Food coloring

How to make recipe 1:

  • Step 1: mix Elmer’s glue and water (1 cup each)
  • Step 2: next mix together the Borax solution
    • Use 1 cup of hot water and dissolve borax into it, stirring constantly
  • Step 3: combine Borax solution and gluey water and mix well
  • Step 4: add in your food coloring and mix until thoroughly coated

The second recipe is actually a little easier to make, so now let’s cover it.

Recipe 2:

What you need

  • 1 cup of Elmer’s glue
  • 1/2 a cup of liquid starch

How to make recipe 2:

  • Step 1: combine your glue and starch (it should be 2 part of glue to 1 part of starch)

That’s it. Literally, that’s all there is to this recipe. Easy, right?

Magnetic slime

We are pretty crazy about this slime, it is so…. magnetizing. Attractive. We are so drawn to it. Okay, I’ll stop with bad puns. Here is what you are going to need to make magnetized slime:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • 3 tablespoons of magnetic powder
  • Liquid starch
  • And lastly, any spare neodymium magnets you have laying around the house

Here’s how you can make this fascinating slime:

  • Step 1: mix in the glue and magnetic powder thoroughly
  • Step 2: slowly stir in liquid starch slowly so it doesn’t all clump up
    • All you need to do is mix until you like the consistency of the slime

That’s it for the magnetized slime. It is easy to make and you can wave some magnets over it and the slime will move. It’s fun and teaches kids about magnets and science.

Heat-sensitive slime

Also called thermochromic, this slime will change colors depending on the temperature of what is interacting with it. This is actually how mood rings work, the color varies with temperature.  Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/4 of a cup of Elmer’s glue
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 3 teaspoons of thermochromic pigment
    • This can actually be found on Amazon, as well as in Walmart and stores that have specialty items. It isn’t too expensive and it makes the slime awesome.
  • Food coloring


You will need to select the pigment color, as well as the food coloring color. Here are some possibilities-

  • Blue pigment with yellow food coloring- slime is teal and heats up to red
  • Blue pigment with red coloring- slime is purple and turns pink (very cool looking)
  • Red pigment with yellow coloring- slime is orange and turns yellow when heated up

How to make this slime:

  • Step 1: decide what colors you want to use
  • Step 2: put 1/4 of a cup of glue into a bowl
  • Step 3: add in 1 tablespoon of water and mix with the glue
  • Step 4: add in 3 teaspoons of your coloring, whatever it may be and mix well
  • Step 5: add some liquid starch and mix until the slime is less sticky and is more gooey-er and slimey
  • Step 6: knead the slime well, ensuring everything is distributed throughout the slime

Snot slime

This slime is just plain gross, yet is so damn cool. Let’s see what ingredients you need to make snot (that doesn’t involve getting the flu or a cold).

  • Borax powder
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Here’s how to make this gross slime:

  • Step 1: make your Borax mixture
    • Use 1 cup of hot water and dissolve borax (about 1/8 of a cup) into it, stirring constantly
  • Step 2: next mix water and glue into a bowl and mix it up well
    • Can be either white glue or the glittery/clear glue, doesn’t really matter
  • Step 3: Add in food coloring, whatever color you want your slime to have
  • Step 4: add in your Borax solution into the glue, stirring constantly

As y’all can probably tell, this is another great recipe that you can make with the kids and have fun with.


As you can tell, there is no shortage of slime recipes that can fit anything you want. Whether you can eat the slime, magnetize it, light it up with a black light, or make it look like mucus, you will find the perfect slime for you. You can add food coloring, confetti, and even sand into your slime mixture to totally change up the consistency of your slime. Heck, you can even add shaving cream to make super fluffy slime that is fun to play with.

If you, or your child, have any skin allergies then you will want to stay away from boric acid. Borax is not in itself dangerous, but it is something to keep an eye on. You can find boric acid not only in some contact solution but in cleaning products as well. If you are in a pinch then you can make slime in so many different ways you are sure to find a recipe for stuff you already have laying around the house. If you can’t find what you want, Amazon is a great place to shop for anything you will need for your slime.