Slime is all the rage with kids right now (as if you didn't know, right?). The goo has come a long way in the past few years, with options that sparkle and glow. There is an abundance of recipes circulating the web right now, but because time and ease are important factors in the busy lives of parents, it's good to know which recipes are a little faster to make. This is especially true if you have little ones with limited attention spans. Thankfully, there are quick slime recipes online to help you do your DIY thing and be done.
If for some reason you don't know what slime is, here's a quick crash course. Rising in popularity during the '90s thanks to Nickelodeon slime or Gak, slime is a gooey, stretchy, moldable substance that kids play with (I still haven't figured out the exact purpose other than it's just feels and looks cool). Because blogs and YouTube weren't "a thing" in the '90s, most people just bought their slime at the store.
Thanks to modern technology, however, you can easily find a number of slime recipes that are super easy to make as well as super safe. (The safety factor is more important than ever after an 11-year-old-girl in Massachusetts suffered from third degree burns from Borax, a common slime ingredient, according to CBS News.)
Here are seven safe, quick slime recipes for you and your kids to try out.
1. Fluffy Slime Made With Contact Solution
Jelly Rainbow's fluffy slime recipe can be made in a quick 4 minutes — pretty fast. The recipe calls for Elmer's glue, food coloring, foaming face wash, baking soda, and contact solution. To get glittery slime, you can use Elmer's glitter glue instead of clear or plain white.
2. Laundry Detergent Slime
Lifehacker and Experimenter's laundry detergent slime is made in 3 minutes using only three ingredients total: PVA glue, food coloring, and super concentrated laundry detergent.
3. Dish Soap Slime
Shundara Castion's dish soap slime only requires PVA glue, dish soap, baking soda, and contact solution. Food coloring is totally optional, but the slime here turned out a pale orange color because her dish soap was orange.
4. Cornstarch Slime Recipe That Spreads Like Butter
Rainbow Play Maker's cornstarch slime recipe is a little more involved if you want to get it to a buttery, spreadable texture. You can stop sooner if you don't want to go to butter mode, which is good for kids with varying degrees of patience.
5. Salt Slime Recipe
Jelly Rainbow's salt slime recipe takes a little longer to create (around 10 minutes), but it's worth the extra time. The end result looks like glittery jelly.
6. Shampoo Slime Sans Glue
Most slime recipes will call for glue, but Pinterest Princess's shampoo slime recipe is free from the sticky stuff and super easy to make. But there's one caveat: once you combine the ingredients (which takes maybe 90 seconds), you have to stick it in the freezer for one to two hours.
7. Edible, Metamucil Slime
The most convenient thing about all of these quick slime recipes is that for many you can use what you already have lying around the house. If you want to make a particular slime that you don't have the ingredients for, thankfully, they aren't hard to find. Slime is a great way to do a little science lesson with your kids and bring back some '90s nostalgia.