How to Make Slime (with or without glue)

Slime is so easy to make and it’s a great way to keep kids busy. In today’s Know More Stuff article, we explain how to make 3 different kinds of slimes. 


We’ve split this article up into 3 parts. To quickly jump to the part that interests you most, just click on the navigation link below.

1. How to make slime without glue or borax
2. How to make the best slime
3. How to make butter slime & clear slime

1. How to make slime without glue or borax

There are lots of things found around the house that you can use instead of glue and borax.

Borax has been found to be quite dangerous in some slime experiments when used in undiluted quantities, so here are some of the household items that can replace it:

  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash

Most houses should contain at least one of these. Checked your bathroom yet? Found it? Great, let’s get started…

Shaving Cream Slime


  • Shampoo (kids shampoo works best)
  • Salt
  • Shaving cream


  • A tablespoon (the big one)
  • A teaspoon
  • A bowl for mixing
  • Something to mix with

What to do:

  1. Measure 2 tablespoons of shampoo and add to the mixing bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of shaving cream to the bowl. If you wan to make more just keep the ratio of shaving cream to shampoo at 1:1
  3. Mix the two together well.
  4. Next, we need to add some salt. A teaspoon of salt is perfect for this amount.
  5. Then, we need to mix our mixture well.
  6. Finally, we need to place our mixture in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Your slime is ready for action!
  8. An extra step could be to add food coloring.

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Body Wash Slimefluffy-slime

Body wash is another thing that’s common to most homes. Just make sure to ask whoever owns it first.


  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Body wash


  • A tablespoon (the big one)
  • A bowl for mixing
  • Something to mix with

What to do:

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of body wash to the bowl.
  2. Add enough food coloring to get the color that you want. Mix while you add the coloring.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the mixture (keep the ratio of body wash to cornstarch at 1:1).
  4. Mix well.
  5. When it appears that you’ve mixed it as much as you can, but you can still see bits of cornstarch, use your hands instead.
  6. Knead the mixture like you’re making bread.
  7. It should end up being a dough-like consistency.
  8. You can add some water to make it more slimy. Just add a little at a time.
  9. You’ve got slime!

2. How to make the best slime

The gooiest slime with the best consistency is made with something called borax. Before we continue, let’s get a few things straight about borax.

Borax is the common name for sodium borate. This is commonly found in contact lens solution.

Borax can also be bought in powdered form and added to water in the required strength. We don’t recommend this way of using borax, and it has led to skin burns in situations where too strong a dosage has been used.

Borax in contact lens solution is found only in trace amounts. It’s safe enough for us to keep our lenses in and doesn’t pose a health risk.

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We also recommend using Elmer’s School glue. It has been certified by the Art & Creative Materials Institute, as being non-toxic and child-friendly.

This way of making slime is probably the best out there. It achieves a really gooey consistency that’s great fun to play with.


  • 4 fl oz bottle Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon contact lens solution (it must include borax/sodium borate)
  • Food coloring
  • Water


  • Mixing bowl
  • Something to mix with

What to do:

  1. Add the bottle of Elmer’s glue to the mixing bowl.
  2. Refill the glue bottle to the halfway point with warm water.
  3. Add the warm water to the bowl and stir well.
  4. Add the 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda to the mixture, and stir again
  5. At this stage you can add the food coloring.
  6. Add the contact lens solution, a little at a time. Stir after adding it each time. As you add more contact solution, the slime should become less sticky.
  7. Continue by using your hands to mix. Keep adding contact solution until you get the consistency of slime that you desire. You can add up to a 1/4 of a tablespoon more to make it less sticky.

Safety Notes: This activity should always be supervised by an adult. Children should always wash their hands after touching slime. Medical attention should be sought if large amounts of contact lens solution is ingested.

3. How to make extra special slime

In this section we explain how to make the really cool looking slimes.

In this section, we’ll cover:

  • How to make butter slime
  • How to make clear slime

Let’s start with the buttery stuff

How to make butter slime

Butter slime is so called because of the butter-like texture is has. It almost looks good enough to spread!


  • 4 fl oz Elmer’s glue
  • 1 tablespoon of contact solution (containing borax/sodium borate)
  • Warm water
  • Shaving foam
  • Soft clay


  • A mixing bowl
  • A spoon or spatula to mix

What to do:

  1. Empty the bottle of glue into the bowl.
  2. Add an equal amount of shaving cream.
  3. Add 1/2 a tablespoon of baking soda.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add the contact solution, a little at a time.
  6. You can add up to a 1/4 tablespoon more contact solution if needed.
  7. You should be able to pick it up without it sticking to your fingers.
  8. Add a 1/4 cup of lightweight air dry clay.
  9. Add food coloring.
  10. Knead the mixture together with your hands, until it’s well mixed.

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How to make clear slime

Clear slime needs a special ingredient, and that is…. clear glue! Specifically, Elmer’s Clear Glue. It’s really easy to make in just a few minutes.


  • 4 fl oz Elmer’s clear glue
  • 1 tablespoon contact solution (containing sodium borate/borax)
  • Warm water


  • A spoon
  • A mixing bowl
  • A measuring cup

What to do:

  1. Add the clear glue to the bowl.
  2. Add the same amount of water and stir well (1/2 a cup).
  3. Add the contact solution slowly and keep stirring.
  4. You’ve got clear slime!

Slime storage tip: They key to making these slimes last is by keeping them in an airtight container. Something like a jar or ziplock bag is ideal for storing slime.

That brings us to the end of our massive guide to slime. Let us know in the comments below how it worked for you!

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