How To Make Different Types of Slime: Is It Safe To Use Borax?

Kids nowadays seem to be all about slime. However, adults tend to enjoy it too. There is just something so therapeutic about the soft mushiness that makes it such a great way to pass the time and exercise your fingers. Plus, if you make your own, it is a great thing to do with your kids.

There are actually many different types of slimes that have become extremely popular. Their popularity is thanks to Instagram and YouTube videos. And, while it is an activity for kids, preparing some slime can be a fun family endeavor.

Making it squishy and coming up with different types helps your kids get rid of those back-to-school jitters. In this review, we will tell you about the different types of slimes you can make at home.

How To Make Different Types of Slime: Is It Safe To Use Borax?
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What’s The Deal With Borax?

Borax is one of the main ingredients for making slime, and it has raised plenty of controversies in the last couple of months. Many people have been complaining that their kids have had their fingers burned off while making and playing with slimes made with Borax.

So, it begs the question of whether it is safe or not.

Well, Borax is an ingredient found in most household cleaning and laundry products and has been around since the 1800s. Back then, it was considered a must-have in medicine cabinets and was also used as an antiseptic for the treatment of wounds.

Borax contains a naturally occurring mineral from after a lake bed evaporates. It is generally non-toxic, but it is advisable to avoid ingesting it, eye contact with it, and prolonged skin contact.

There are plenty of other ingredients you can use to make slime if you are uncomfortable with it, but if you still feel that you need to use it, follow the instructions. Do not prolong its contact on your hands, do not ingest it, and don’t put it anywhere near your eyes.

Different Types Of Slime

In our review below, we give you a variety of different procedures for making slime. Some of them have borax, while others do not. You just have to decide which one you want to take on.

Fluffy Slime

This is a fan favorite, and here’s how you can make it.

  • Mix 1 tsp of borax with a cup of hot water, and stir this until they are well mixed.
  • Next, add together a half cup of shaving cream, half cup of Elmer’s Glue, and another half cup of foam-forming hand soap in a bowl. Mix until there is a consistent whipped cream mixture.
  • Add in the food paint or food coloring to add color to the slime.
  • Now take the borax mixture from the first step above and add in just a little bit at a time to the new mixture in the bowl. If you add too much at the same time, it will not activate the slime properly. You will know the right texture when you see the slime starting to stick to itself inside the bowl.
  • You should then take the mixture out of the bowl and knead it with your hands. It will be sticky in the beginning, but the more you work on it, the better the consistency will become.
  • Store the slime in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Crunchy Slime

This is great for ASMR and it has a completely satisfying crunchy texture that is certainly addictive. Here’s the procedure.

  • Dump an entire bottle of Elmer’s Glue in a bowl and then add a quarter cup of water.
  • Add in liquid starch, a little at a time, and mix until you get the proper consistency. What you are looking for is for it to congeal and then turn from a  soupy look to slimy. It will start getting sticky, but as you keep adding the liquid starch, it will stop sticking to your hands. You should try and keep a little stickiness to the slime, for the beads to stick to it.
  • Add in the beads to the bowl. The slime can hold plenty of beads. Knead the beads into the mixture and keep adding more until you get the level of crunchiness you are looking for.

Glitter Slime

This is most certainly the most glamorous of all slime recipes. Here’s how to prepare it.

  • In a bottle filled with clear glue, add in a quarter cup of water and mix.
  • Add in as much glitter as you can, the more the glitter, the better. Also, add in the different colors, shapes, and textures of glitter to give the slime some more dimension. Then mix it all in the bottle.
  • Add some more baking soda to the solution, as much as needed to get the mixture to the proper slime consistency.
  • You are good to go.
How To Make Different Types of Slime: Is It Safe To Use Borax?
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Conclusion

Slimes are so much fun, but be extra careful, especially if you are going to use Borax. There have been plenty of reports on how it is causing burns on kid’s fingers. So, if you have to use it, supervise its use, and ensure there is minimal contact with bare hands.