This is the ultimate roundup of slime recipes! If you’re looking for the best way to make slime we have an easy way to make fluffy, crunchy, edible, soft or any other kind of slime you’re looking for. Using contact solution, glue, soap or laundry detergent there are many no borax slime recipes to choose from here!
What is the best way to make slime you might ask?? Well….there are a lot of opinions and answers to that question for sure!! Last year marked the beginning of the slime craze and my girls were no exception. My youngest has and still is somewhat obsessed with the ooey gooey sticky stuff and makes different recipes depending on her mood. lol. You can see one of her videos on how to make slime with glue here. If she has a spare moment she is always experimenting to see if she can make a new version she can share with all of you. 😉 Several are below (you can see her too) so you can try them too and find the one you love the best. The Typical Kid is sure to create others too so subscribe to our newsletter in order to get them sent to you via email when she does.
As always when it comes to children and experimenting with slime you need to always be present as a parent, please read our safety disclosure before trying any of our (or fellow bloggers) recipes.
Like I said, there are tons of recipes for slime out there and most of them vary just a bit in regards to the ingredients you will need. For the most part though slime recipes will be made with a combination of the following item(s):
- Glue – if they do a lot of experimenting just buy a gallon of white or clear comes out a bit different but cool, just more expensive (see below pic.)
- Contact lens cleaning solution
- Foaming hand soap
- Liquid starch – this is what we use
- Laundry detergent – Tide is the best for our 2 ingredient laundry detergent slime recipe below
- Food coloring – totally optional, I prefer she doesn’t use it to keep it off my carpet and furniture
- Shaving cream
- Small items – beads, mini google eyes, fake snow, etc… can be added for texture and look
- Borax – you need to be VERY careful and only adults should handle this if used when making slime
Now on to the best way to make slime. Here are the recipes we’ve created so far and some from a few of our favorite bloggers.
During the holidays you can get really creative and add little treasures inside your slime to make it fun for Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas or otherwise. There are a few ideas below that are themed like that. Of course the sky is kinda’ the limit to what you can add and the colors you can create.
Take one of these and alter it to you or your child’s slime preference, but the basic slime recipe will remain the same. Really, the best slime recipe is the one that makes your child smile and they enjoy making. Most of the fun in making slime is the experimentation process. Of course it is fun to play with it when it becomes super soft or see thru but not as fun as if they get to be part of the creation process…keeping in mind you should be present for it to ensure safety at all times.
Edible slime was on my daughter’s list to make, and she created a few here. They all have different textures and the more she massaged it the stiffer it got so each batch was a different consistency. The best way to make edible slime is to use something that will melt, like gummy bears, Starburst candies or other goodies and powdered sugar usually does the trick to make it less sticky.
Follow the recipes above but think of it as a substitute for flour when baking. It works really well for that and of course is edible as well.
There are many no borax slime recipes here and suggested for younger children especially. Keep in mind that there is a bit of borax inside other items in much smaller forms, like the contact lens solution and laundry detergent do have trace amounts and that is why they work to stiffen up the other materials and create the perfect slime.
Actual borax is not safe for children to touch at all and will burn their skin if they touch it and it isn’t washed off immediately, so do not allow them to handle it if that is the slime recipe you choose to try with them.
Some of these are great sensory activities like the water bead slime and others. Really, the best way to make slime is subjective and the answer lies with your and your child’s personal preference…and don’t stop at trying just one. This ultimate list of slime recipes has 50 and we will continue to add more as time goes on.
During the summertime my kids get really creative and the older they get I love involving them in the blogging process so each year The Typical Kids will have more to share for sure so stay tuned. 😉
Let us know which easy slime recipe is your favorite or if your best way to make slime is different, we’d love to try it! For more slime recipes, easy recipes, free printables and more sign up for our free newsletter!