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10 DIY Slime Recipes Without Borax

Play it safe with these recipes that don’t require the dangerous ingredient


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Parents are rightfully terrified and concerned about an 11-year-old from Massachusetts who suffered third-degree burns on her hands after playing with homemade slime. She woke up in the middle of the night with burning pain in her hands, and found them covered in blisters. Doctors said she had second- and third-degree burns from prolonged exposure to borax (sodium borate), an ingredient found in the slime she’d made that’s often found in detergents and cleansers.

In response, parents have been sharing a bunch of borax- and chemical-free alternatives for DIY slime that their kids can make without being in danger.

DIY Foam Slime

Use any color food coloring she wants to make this bumpy slime uniquely hers. (courtesy of Buzzfeed)

Oobleck

You just need water and corn starch for this gravity-defying, Seuss-inspired goop. (courtesy of Instructables)

Chia Seed Slime

This bumpy concoction may not look edible, but it totally is. (courtesy of Fun At Home With Kids)

Rainbow Slime

It doesn’t get prettier than this glittery, multi-colored slime. (courtesy of Kids Play Box)

Kool-Aid Slime

But this neon beauty is definitely stunning, too. (courtesy of Growing a Jeweled Rose

Edible Gelatin Slime

This experiment will teach your kid about polymers (and how to make fake snot!). (courtesy of Little Bins for Little Hands)

Edible Glowing Oobleck

Did you know quinine tonic water glows in the dark? With this special ingredient, your oobleck will, too. (courtesy of Fun At Home With Kids)

Fluffy Slime

Glue, shaving cream, eye wash and baking soda make this putty puff to life. (courtesy of Instructables)

Rainbow Slime

If you have clear glue in your house, you’re in business to make this colorful stuff. (courtesy of Tot Treasures)

Happy Valenslime’s Day Slime

Little ones will love shaking this up concoction to thicken it. (courtesy of Coffee Cups and Crayons)

We didn’t test these recipes but our game plan is to try recipes that are borax free. Do you have a safe recipe you’ve tried? Let us know in the comments.

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