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What Do You Do If Your Slime Is Too Sticky? A Slime Expert Explains

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Kids’ fads come and go, but it looks like the homemade slime obsession is here to stay. Because of its DIY nature and the endless creative ideas it can inspire, slime has become an engaging, productive favorite for children and adults. With so many different recipes and ingredients that can be used in slime, however, it can get confusing, and you could end up with slime that isn't exactly right. Too much of anything can be a bad thing, so what do you do if your slime is too sticky?

In my house, my 9-year-old daughter Anusheh is the resident slime expert, which is why my bathroom has been taken over by slime-filled Tupperware, glues, and detergents. She has made over a hundred different kinds of slime, in different colors and with various additives, so I asked her what she does when her slime is too sticky. “If your glue-based slime is too sticky,” she says, “keep adding a little bit of liquid detergent until the stickiness goes away.” She also adds that you should never substitute baby powder for baking powder to your slime because it will make it super sticky, and no amount of detergent will help.

There are tons of variations of slime recipes on the internet and YouTube, but if your slime is white glue or gel glue based, Mini Science recommended kneading it for a while to get rid of the stickiness. If it’s still sticky, the website suggested dunking it in a solution that is 1 part borax and 10 parts water, and then knead it again until it becomes firm. If you are uncomfortable using Borax directly, Anusheh says that you can use liquid laundry detergent in its place.

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Fun At Home With Kids recommended adding liquid cornstarch like Sta-Flo Concentrated Liquid Starch ($6) from Walmart to fix slime that has turned out sticky and stringy. You can even try to leave it out for a while. On WattPad, Katstoriesxo suggested leaving your sticky slime uncovered overnight, giving it time to dry out, eliminating some of its stickiness.

After making slime for a while, you’ll realize it can sometimes become a hit or miss, depending on which recipes and ingredients you use. With a little bit of trial and error, and with the suggestions of experienced slime makers, you can fix your sticky slime, and get it to that irresistible, fun texture you wanted.