Ok so let me start by saying that I have stayed away from slime as long as I could, but then saw my youngest watching YouTube Video showing him how to make slime. There are so many options with borax, without, with contact solution, without, with laundry detergent, without, water, no water, baking soda and the list goes on. Most slime recipes have some form of borax, sodium borate, or boric acid in them. I didn’t want to go the borax route since I heard some not so pleasant things about it so decided to try the contact solution route instead, it has sodium borate in it.
Lets grab what you need:
- 1/2 Cup or 4 ounces Elmer’s Glue ( you can use clear, white or glitter)
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
- 3 1/4 teaspoons contact solution
- Glass bowl or plastic bowl (used glass since we were mixing in Young Living citrus essential oils).
- Wooden spoon or regular spoon ( we need to get some of those wooden sticks)
- Young Living Essential Oils such as Peppermint, Lime, Orange, Lavender
- Coloring – this can be food coloring, acrylic paint, etc.
- Glitter, sequins, beads, etc.
We got the gallon size Elmer’s Glue so we used 1/2 cup Elmer’s glue and added it to the glass bowl. You can pick up this gallon size from Michael’s, Walmart, Target many of the big stores now have it readily available in stock.
Next add in 1/2 tablespoon baking soda and mixed it in really well.
Now add in 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon contact solution and mixed in. I got the Target generic version so any cheap off brand should work.
You will see slime coming together once it’s together it may be easier to mix with your hands.
We found the slime may still be a little sticky with 1 tablespoon contact solution so we added 1/4 teaspoon to the top and it allowed us to easily work the slime without it sticking to everything. Once we got it mixed well we put it on some parchment paper and spread it out.
Now you can add in the coloring, we used acrylic paint. We started with a couple drops and really worked the color in by folding the slime over and over pulling apart and re-folding over and over. You can add more paint if it’s not the color if you want to make it a more vibrant color. For the purple slime we decided to experiment and added in about a half teaspoon of glitter to give it a little something extra and additional texture.
Completely optional but after getting the paint mixed in we chose to add 3 drops Young Living orange essential oil to the pink slime, 2 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil to the blue slime and 3 drops Young Living lavender essential oil to the purple slime. You can add more or less based on personal preference. The peppermint has a s strong smell so less was needed. We stretched the slime like we did when we add in the paint, added the drops and folded it in. *As with all citrus essential oils can cause photosensitivity, for more information check it out here on the Young Living website. After we were done my son grabbed the Young Living orange essential oil and put some in his bedroom diffuser!
Some other combinations of Young Living essential oils may include:
- Lemon + Peppermint = Invigorating
- Lavender + Peace & Calming = Relaxing
- Vetiver + Cedarwood + Lavender = Focus & Calming
- Joy + Lavender = Happy
You can also use one Young Living essential oil on its own like we did. I love the smell of Citrus Fresh, Christmas Spirit, Lemongrass, StressAway, so many options.
Your slime is done and ready to play with, you may notice that there are a lot of air bubbles. If you put them and a container and leave it alone the air bubbles will gradually start to come out on their own.
We store them in glass containers. There are some really inexpensive glass containers in the dollar section at Target to use.
Hope your family has as much fun making their slime as we did. I am so glad I picked up the gallon from the store otherwise I would be running back again for some more glue!! It’s slightly addicting and all the color combinations and options make the possibilities endless. The next thing we plan on trying is some extra fluffy slime.