7 Safe Slime Recipes Without Borax, So You Can Have Safe DIY Fun

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The slime phenomenon is here to stay. As an easy-to-make craft that keeps kids occupied for hours, it's no wonder that slime recipes are breaking the internet. However, many parents are concerned about the safety of some of the ingredients in typical slime recipes — namely, borax. If you're on the hunt for safe slime recipes without borax, you're in luck, because there are as many different ways to make gooey, sticky, stretchy slime that are both kid friendly and parent approved.

Romper recently reported on an incident where an 11-year-old girl was hospitalized for third degree burns on her hands after making a slime recipe using borax. As a result, parents everywhere are rightfully concerned about the safety of the ingredients in their kids' slime. Although borax is generally considered safe to handle (when diluted and, obviously, not ingested) most parents, especially those with younger kids who are notorious for putting things in their mouths, aren't willing to take the risk.

Luckily, there are plenty of slime recipes that you can make with your kids that contain completely safe ingredients. Some of these recipes are even edible (hello, Nutella slime,) and all of them are made with safe, touchable ingredients that won't harm your children's skin.

1Elmer's Colored Slime

Courtesy of Elmer's Glue

Elmer's gave Romper its exclusive — and worry-free — recipe for traditional, colored slime. It's a classic recipe that is simple and quick.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 Tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp of contact solution
  • 1 fl oz Elmer’s White School Glue
  • Your choice of food coloring

Here's how it's done:

  1. Find a bowl, cup, or plate to mix your slime in.
  2. Pour out the entire contents of a 4oz of Elmer’s White School Glue into the bowl.
  3. Add 1⁄2 Tbsp of baking soda and mix.
  4. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring.
  5. Mix and/or add more food coloring until you get the color you want.
  6. Add 1 Tbsp of contact solution.
  7. Mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix.
  8. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands.
  9. If needed, add 1⁄4 Tbsp Contact solution to make the slime less sticky.

2Edible Nutella Slime

Will It Slime? on YouTube

Want a slime your kid can play with and eat, too? Nutella makes the perfect base for this slime recipe.

3Cornstarch Slime

Fernanda Prado on YouTube

This recipe for slime has only two ingredients — cornstarch and dish soap. If you're trying to avoid soaps altogether, you can use just cornstarch and water for a similar effect.

4Truly Edible Slime With Syrup And Icing Powder

Crumbs Food on YouTube

For a slime recipe that is both 7-year-old-approved and 100 percent safe, try this edible slime recipe from Sophia and her mom.

5Elmer's Glitter Slime

Courtesy of Elmer's Glue

For a safe and sparkly alternative to Elmer's traditional slime recipe, swap out the regular glue for glitter glue and follow the recipe below:

  • 1/2 Tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp of contact solution
  • 1 fl oz Elmer’s Glitter Glue

Here's what you do:

  1. Find a bowl, cup, or plate to mix your slime in.
  2. Pour out the entire contents of a 6 oz of Elmer’s Glitter Glue into the bowl.
  3. Add 1⁄2 Tbsp of baking soda and mix.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp of contact solution.
  5. Mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix.
  6. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands.
  7. If needed, add 1⁄4 TBSP Contact solution to make the slime less sticky.

6Edible Cotton Candy Slime

ELIE Oops on YouTube

Using potato starch, food coloring, water, and sugar you can make cotton candy slime that is stretchy and safe to eat.

7Clear, Edible 3 Ingredient Slime

Soozooya on YouTube

Made with only three ingredients that are safe to eat, this transparent slime is a fun twist on typical slime recipes.