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The Easiest DIY Slime- Borax Free!

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Raise your hands if you love slime!

It was unseasonably cool and raining at our house the other day and we desperately needed a fun indoor activity to keep us all busy. Because let’s face it, one bored kid + another bored kid = one annoyed mom.


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My kids have been dying to make homemade slime, but we’ve just never gotten around to it. I know how to make it, I have all the supplies, we’ve just never done it. To be completely honest, I didn’t want to deal with the mess. I imagined slime to be super messy and incredibly hard to clean up but it was actually quite the opposite.

This recipe is for borax-free slime.

An informational update came out last year from Health Canada, advising against children and pregnant women using boric acid (borax) in any activity, including arts and crafts. It was found that overexposure to boric acid has the potential to cause developmental and reproductive health effects. It can also cause vomiting, headaches and skin irritation if used incorrectly. To safe save myself all of that stress, I decided to use saline solution instead.

This recipe is incredibly easy and super quick to make. We made 5 batches in just under 10 minutes total and it only takes 4 ingredients to make or 5 if you want to add a little sparkle. Clean up was a breeze too. Everything sticks together so well that the bowls were practically clean afterwards and there was nothing left on the counters.


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The Easiest DIY Slime Recipe


What You’ll Need:

1/2 cup of Washable White Glue (or clear if you want a translucent slime)

1/2 cup of water

5-10 drops of food colouring

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1 tbsp of saline solution

Optional: Sparkles



DIY Slime Directions

In a bowl, mix together glue and water.

Once dissolved, add food colouring and sparkles (if desired) and stir well.

Add baking soda and stir.

Add in the saline solution and mix well until you have the consistency of slime *.





Note: At first, the slime will be very sticky and hard to get off your fingers. After playing with it for a few minutes though, it will become less sticky and more manageable. Also, if you don’t wants the colours to get mixed up, do not put them anywhere near each other until they become a bit more tacky. As they settle, they spread and it’ll be impossible to separate the colours afterwards, hence the weird purpley colour you see in the pictures (it was actually pink).


The kids had so much fun playing with it. It kept them busy for over 2 hours. We stored ours in large ziplock bags. The next day, we took the slime out again for another couple hours. The texture was a little more rubbery this time but they still loved it.



Do you have a different slime recipe that you love? Comment below. I’d love to hear about it!


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  • Reply MaryBeth Crissman

    Thank you! My little guy will love this. I can’t wait to try it out with him!

    August 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Brilliant, will give it a try as it’s quite hard to come by Borax in the UK ! Should find a similar brand to Elmer’s glue.

    August 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply vicki finn

    So I just got done with trying to help my 9yo make slime using 2 different recipes. And then I found this. She keeps asking for the saline but I always forget. I will make it a point to get it now! Thanks for this recipe.

    August 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Emily

    This is such a great idea! My son is obsessed with ghostbusters and therefore slime!

    August 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply Stephanie S

    Yes! Borax free please! We do slime at school for activities sometimes for the students. I’m always afraid for the Borax ingredient to go in. I can pass this along to my coworkers so we can use this instead!!

    August 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

      August 9, 2017 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Quick question? Is it supposed to be 1/2 a cup of water? it just made watery glue.

    August 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Sorry, this went into my spam folder so I’m just seeing this now. Yes, it is 1/2 cup of water. It will be just watery glue until you add the baking soda and saline solution. It will thicken right up after that. We actually just made another batch the other day and it worked great 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Mary Lou

    This is great! My granddaughter just gave me a gift of Slime in my favorite color ~ Aqua. I’ll show this to her! 🙂

    August 12, 2017 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Kay

    Thank you so much for sharing. I will pass this in to my 11 yr old. She is currently on punishment because I came home with Borax all over the basement, because she was making slime just like they did on YouTube. We will do this together this weekend for sure.

    August 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Tabitha

    I am so trying this with the kiddos tomorrow! Thanks!

    August 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Glenda Cates

    My son has been asking to make Slime and I am thinking about us doing it next week at our Camp Out/ Back to School Party we are hosting so this recipe came just at the right time. Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing this post with us.

    August 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply annette @ A net in Time

    easy recipe to do. 🙂 will pin

    August 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Julia

    gooey sticky fun. my daughter will love this – thanks!

    August 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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