There are many ways to make slime, but a lot of slime recipes, including laundry starch slime, Borax slime, and slime made with contact solution, all contain Boron, which is a mineral that can be irritating to the skin, throat, and lungs if a person is exposed to it on a regular basis.
If your kids love making and playing with slime a lot, it is helpful to have some Borax-free slime recipes for them to try instead. Most Borax-free slime recipes are not as stretchy as the original, including this one; however, my children love this “slime” and find it stretchier than playdough or other non-borax recipes.
Just in keep in mind as you try this slime that it will be different than ‘true slime’, given that the borax is where you get the truely stretchy results. If you prefer a version WITH borax, check out my easy homemade slime in 5 minutes (aka) gak that does contain borax.
An issue that many families seem to have with fluffy slime is that the combination of the laundry starch or Borax and the shaving cream can make little hands itchy and red. This combination of ingredients can cause more irritation than regular slime. However, this version, using baking soda and dish soap, leaves hands feeling soft and is non-irritating to all but the most sensitive skin.
How to Make Fluffy Dish Soap Slime
- Dish soap – I recommend Gain for the best results. There are many variations and different ingredients in dish soap and others may not yield desired results
- Elmer’s white glue
- Baking soda
- Gel food coloring
Mix 1/2 a cup of Elmer’s glue with about a tablespoon of dish soap. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water and stir. The mixture will start to foam, at which point you can add in your favorite color of food coloring.
Add one cup of baking soda to the mixture and stir. The baking soda and glue will start to react, creating a stretchy slime that is slightly heavier in texture than regular slime. How much baking soda you end up adding will depend on the humidity of the room you are currently in, but you will want to keep adding baking soda until you can handle the slime without it sticking to your fingers.
The slime won’t be quite as stretchy as borax-based slimes, but it will stretch and pull to some extent. If you add too much baking soda, however, you will transform the slime into a play dough, which although fun to play with, doesn’t quite have the same effect.
If you do end up putting too much baking soda in, you can add a little more dish soap to thin it out again.
Kids will love this fluffy version of slime. My kids loved puffing it up into a ball, then pressing their hands into it. They also had a blast stretching and pulling the slime like they do with traditional borax-based slime.
I really liked this version of fluffy borax free slime, because once the kids were done with it, their hands were so smooth and smelled amazing!
Fluffy Slime Tips & FAQ:
Use the recommended ingredients as listed above. We have found this recipe to be unforgiving for ingredient substitutions.
Store your fluffy borax-free slime in an airtight container or plastic bag. It should last for 3-4 days. Because it’s not preserved with borax, it is likely to get sticky and runny after a few days.
This slime won’t have the same texture as traditional slime. In most slime recipes, the borax helps the ingredients bond, giving it a stretchy texture. This version is more like a stretchy, soft play dough, which will have some of the same sensory benefits as traditional slime but won’t act like “true” slime due to the absence of borax. It is a wonderful alternative for kids with sensitive skin to provide sensory input without skin irritation.
Make sure when you mix the glue dish soap that it creates a foamy, airy texture. This is what will make the slime work. Some brands of soap work better than others. We used Gain dish soap and it worked great.
If your slime is too runny: Add more baking soda until it thickens. Depending on the humidity in your room and how liquid your dish soap is, you may need to double or even triple the amount of baking soda.
If your slime is too solid: Add a bit more dish soap until it has a pliable texture.