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How to Make Laundry Detergent Slime

This is how to make laundry detergent slime at home with only 2 ingredients! Easy goo recipe that is made with glue, detergent, and any color you like. It’s a fun and simple slime recipe with detergent we made together and you probably have everything you need already in your cupboards. Try it!

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My kids are like all the others around the world and love slime and goo! This afternoon we made some 2 ingredient laundry detergent slime using things we already had at home. A few months ago we wrote about how to make slime with glue and my kids had a great time adding glitter and colors to that. This time we didn’t have any borax at home so we attempted to just use the laundry detergent we had at home and glue which seems like the key ingredient in all slime recipes. (originally published 4/17, affiliate links present)

How to Make Slime with Laundry Detergent

But it still came out a nice light blue color. We have many more listed on the best way to make slime page on our site too! (similar to our first batch a few months ago).

Recently we showed you how to make edible slime and easy baking soda slime too, that’s fun to try after you make this one!

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Make sure safety precautions are taken when any experimentation is done with children and you must be present with your child when they are using required items in this recipe.

  • Please read our safety disclaimer here before starting this process as parents must be present when experimenting begins.

If you are looking for a borax free slime way of how to make slime with laundry detergent this is what you will need:

  1. Glue
  2. Laundry detergent (liquid Tide is what laundry detergent is best for slime , other brands may not work)
  3. Stick or spoon
  4. Food coloring (if desired, better if left out for consistency purposes)
  5. Containers to store your slime – so much better than them taking your tupperware

Watch for step by step instructions from The Typical Kid! (adult supervision required)

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How To Make Laundry Detergent Slime

It’s quite easy to do and it has a good consistency that is not too icky, sticky, or tough. Just glue and laundry detergent slime is just a matter of mixing slowly until you get the consistency you desire.

She was able to create this all on her own (with me supervising on the side) as she added one tablespoon of detergent at a time and watched as it changed consistencies.

It was fun for her to experiment and see things change as the two ingredients were combined to make something she loved, slime! 😉

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How do you make Slime with Laundry Detergent

There is a printable directions card at the bottom of this post you can refer to, here is just a quick step by step so you can see how it’s done;

  1. Add some white glue to a bowl
  2. Stir in some liquid Tide laundry detergent at a time stirring in between until it thickens (other brands may not work)
  3. (She added and stirred probably 8 different times until at the touch it didn’t immediately stick to her finger)
  4. Once it is thicker and not sticking to sides of the bowl pick it up and knead it
  5. The more you knead it the better consistency / stiffer it becomes
  6. Done!

Store in an plastic containers to stay pliable for longer this way. You could use sandwich bags too if you make sure there is no air present when you zip them closed. Air is the enemy to drying out.

How do you make Slime with Laundry Detergent

I hope we answered your question of how to make slime with detergent. It was a fun afternoon activity that didn’t cost very much to make and was easy for her to do herself as I watched. She started with a small batch to see if it would work and then her sister’s followed suit with a batch of their own.

She then went on to experiment with other ingredients which she is working on now and we will share if those experiments are successful. lol

Once you’re done and stored it may take a little kneading to regain the same consistency if it has sit for a day or two but it doesn’t take much and it is back to being “new”.

Of course you will need your children to wash their hands after making and/or playing with this laundry detergent slime and especially before eating and after playing with this and adult supervision is always required since you are using detergent to make this.

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Laundry Detergent Slime

Laundry detergent slime needs 2 ingredients to make a soft blue slime recipe with no borax in the box.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 Spoon
  • 1/2 glue
  • 1 laundry detergent


  • 1/2 c glue
  • 1 tbsp Tide laundry detergent, this brand works best


  • Add some white glue to a bowl, maybe about 1/2 c. worth to begin with. Stir in 1 tbsp. of liquid Tide laundry detergent at a time stirring in between until it thickens (other brands may not work).
  • Continue kneading until it is the right consistency. To stiffen it up add a tiny drop of detergent and knead again. Always wash hands after playing with this slime and do not consume.


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Saturday 11th of November 2023

I’m going to try this on Tuesday with our preschool daycare class


Sunday 24th of January 2021

Mine is not working it is like chunky liquid glue.


Sunday 7th of March 2021

That's what slime is.

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Wednesday 24th of July 2019

I used liquid arm and hammer with oxi clean, added a couple pinches of baking soda and it worked so well! Thank you!

Black cat 11

Friday 7th of December 2018

Dose it have to be tide?


Tuesday 1st of October 2019

I use glue, detergent, and eye contact solution

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