Finally! A slime recipe that really works – no liquid starch, borax, detergent. Super simple and super stretchy saline slime. Ours stretched over 40 feet!
I’ve been trying to make slime for over two years. Yes, you read that right, two years! Finally, after all those failures, I found a recipe that actually works! It uses only 3, easy to find ingredients, and no liquid starch, borax or laundry detergent. Just quick, easy and with perfect results every time! We love our saline slime recipe!
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Check out how easy it is to make this slime!
It takes about 5 minutes to make the slime, so I’ve set the video to double time. Enjoy!
Years of Slime Failures
Have you ever seen a really cool slime recipe? Over the past couple of years I’ve been so inspired by some of the amazing slime activities I’ve stumbled across. Yet, when I tried to make my own slime, every attempt was a complete and utter failure. About six months ago I went on a massive shopping trip buying every possible ingredient. I had researched the science, read so many recipes. I was determined to make slime. But after spending over 6 hours trying, all I had was a lot of wasted materials, batches of nasty, unusable gooey substances, and a splitting headache.
To say I was frustrated with slime making would be the understatement of the century.
When looking up slime recipes, one of the first things I noticed was that almost all of them called for liquid starch. As a Canadian I don’t have access to liquid starch. To demonstrate my own devotion to the slime cause, I even tried making my own liquid starch using a technique from an older military man, turned prepper. It still didn’t work!
Next I turned my attention to trying it with borax. Failure.
I spent hours reading labels and searching for the one, rare brand of detergent that I was promised would work. It still failed. Probably because the exact magical laundry detergent I was told to find, couldn’t be found anywhere, and the others were poor substitutes.
It shouldn’t have been so hard. All I needed was a substance that would give the glue some stiffness and remove the stickiness. There had to be another answer. Finally I found it.
Three Crafty Girls Where Have You Been?
Then a friend sent me this video of three cute girls calling themselves Three Crafty Girls. In the video they quickly and easily make this crazy, big, fluffy slime. The best part? The basics of their recipe were so simple. You could find them anywhere.
Where were these girls during my years of slime failures????
I was so excited. I raced down to my corner store, grabbed the one ingredient I didn’t have and within 5 minutes of getting home had my first successful batch of slime!
After that batch, we made 10 more. Each time playing with the recipe and technique, fine tuning it until it was so simple, so easy.
Slime That Is So Stretchy!
This slime is so stretchy my kids were able to stretch a single batch over 40 feet through my house before it finally broke!
How To Make Slime – So Easy and So Quick
You need three ingredients:
White Glue (PVA)
Baking Soda (known as bicarbonate soda in some places)
Buffered Saline Solution – You can find this in the eye care aisle. Make sure it is the buffered saline. In the States this will contain boric acid, but the one I bought here in Canada doesn’t have boric acid listed in the ingredients. It still worked though!
Optional – food coloring
Add a bottle of white glue to a bowl. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix completely with a spoon. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want at this point.
Now, start adding a few drops of the buffered saline and mixing with the spoon. Just do it a few drops at a time. It will start pulling together immediately. Continue adding a few drops, then mixing. Repeat until it starts to pull into a stringy ball.
This next bit is how we find it works the best, put some buffered saline on your hands. Pick up the slime and start kneading and mixing it with your hands. Work it really well. It will change into a better slime consistency as you work it.
If you find it is still a bit sticky, add one or two drops of buffered saline and continue working it in. Don’t add too much or you will start to lose the stretchy properties and become more prone to breaking.
Store your slime in an air tight container for days of playing, stretching, sensory fun! After a few days if it starts to become a bit sticky, just put a few drops of the buffered saline on your hands and work it into the slime.
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