3 Easy Recipes for DIY Slime without Borax

While going through the Carousell marketplace lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of interest in slime. That’s right, slime. The goopy, sticky stuff that looks like it came out of a radioactive barrel and will turn pet amphibians into anthropomorphic crime-fighting ninjas. 

To find out more about this sticky trend, we turned to our Singapore/Malaysia GM’s daughter Samantha (a self-confessed slime enthusiast) and she wrote us this guest post about making slime. Enjoy, and maybe you can also list your slimy creations on Carousell too!


Hi everyone, my name is Samantha and for the last 2 years, I have been obsessed with everything slime.  My first encounter with slime was through a YouTube video about someone making slime and I have been hooked since. Over these two years, I must have made over a hundred slimes and spent almost all of my weekends making all sorts of gooey stuff.

Why the interest in making slime? First of all, for some strange reason, it is very stress relieving. After a busy week with school, homework and CCA activities, there is a strange calm in sitting down and creating slime from all kinds of materials. Before I started making slime, I had no idea what some of these materials are. For example, there’s sodium bicarbonate, saline solutions, shaving cream and borax (which is banned in Singapore).

There are so many ways of making slimes and there are thousands of videos available on YouTube that demonstrate different ways of making all sorts of slime. Personally I have three favourite kinds of slime, let me show you how to make them!

1) Clear Slime Recipe

You will need:

  • Clear glue (you can buy these cheaper in neighbourhood bookshops, there are about 12 glue tubes in these). Please note that the glue you buy needs to be PVA or PVAL based for the experiment to work.
  • Baking soda (borrow this from your mom’s kitchen).
  • Contact lens solution (I use the brand Renu, I have a very nice mother who will buy this for me if I ask nicely).
  • Food colouring (again from mom’s kitchen). Be very careful when using this because mothers are not very friendly when you stain their white dining table with an ugly shade of green.
  • Glitter (optional).
  • Mixing bowl and a mixing stick (ice cream stick will do). I use a plastic bowl to mix.

Instructions:

First of all, pour in half a tube of glue into the plastic bowl and sprinkle a pinch of baking soda all over the glue.  Add food colouring (and glitter, if desired) into your mix for decoration purposes very, very carefully as this is the step that makes the most mess. Experience tells me that a little colouring and glitter goes a long long way.

Lastly, put in a few drops of contact lens solution. Continue mixing until your mixture becomes slimy.

Ta-dah, you have your first and very simple glob of slime! You will need to store your slime in an airtight container for two to three days for it to become completely clear.

There is also this trending fishbowl slime that is very viral on YouTube now. This type of slime is very crunchy-looking. To make this fishbowl slime, all you have to do is to add some small clear beads similar to the type used in fishbowls (hence the name) or vases as decorative items. You can find these beads in fish pet stores.

You can add these beads into the slime you have already made to transform it into the crunchy kind. However for the beads to stay inside your slime, you need the slime to be stickier than normal by adding more glue.

Buy Clear Slime on Carousell:

Clear slime sellers:

2) Fluffy Slime Recipe

You will need:

  • White glue
  • Shaving Cream (experience tells me also that it’s harder to steal from Dad than from Mum)
  • Food colouring and contact lens solution (which you already have from making the above basic slime)

Instructions:

Mix equal parts of white glue and shaving cream, then add in a teaspoon of contact lens solution (may vary depending on the amount of white glue and shaving cream you have used, add and mix till you have slime).  You can now very carefully add a few drops of food colouring for decoration. I cannot stress how potent food colouring is, so be cautious!

Another current trend is the butter slime. This slime looks like butter and is more durable and spreadable (like butter, get it?).  To make butter slime, you just need to add some air dry clay (you can buy this in art and craft stores) to the fluffy slime till you are satisfied with the texture. 

Fluffy slime is my personal favourite because the texture is so much different than other types of slime with more volume.

Buy Fluffy Slime on Carousell:

Fluffy slime sellers:

3) Scented Slime Recipe

You will need:

  • Glue (white or clear is fine)
  • Laundry detergent (the liquid kind) with the scent you like. It is harder for me to get my hands on this as my mother doesn’t use liquid detergent and you can’t really buy these in a small bottle. 

Instructions:

Just simply mix the two ingredients together and you will get nice smelling slime.

Alternatively, you can use the borax method although borax is not found in Singapore (luckily for me, I convinced my grandmother to buy some from Malaysia). Borax is like some detergent thing that adults use to do their adult cleaning thingy.

If you can get your hands on borax, take a teaspoon of it and a cup of water and mix it with your glue. Then add essential oils or perfume for the scent.

Buy Scented Slime on Carousell:

Scented slime sellers:

I hope you enjoyed reading about my slimy adventures. Making slime is really fun and I hope you will spend some time trying it out. Bear in mind that the amount of ingredients used varies on your personal choice in colour, texture and consistency for the slime.

Till the next time, happy sliming!


Samantha is a student at school and a student in slime-craft. 

  1. […] I’ve seen many examples of young children who have combined Carousell with their love of making slime into an little entrepreneurial exercise by selling all the excess slime they make on […]

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  2. I love slime. When I taught preschool I used to make it all the time for the kids. So far my little one is still putting everything in her mouth so I’m going to have to wait a little while before I give it a try with her. See More About Slime http://iteenworld.com/how-to-make-slime-with-laundry-detergent/

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