Looking for the perfect fluffy slime recipe without borax? This slime is super fluffy, easy to make, and borax free. It’s so easy, my toddler is going to show you how to make it!
HOW TO MAKE SLIME WITHOUT BORAX
Making slime is not just a super fun sensory activity, it’s actually a science experiment all about chemistry! To make slime you need a base of washable glue. Make sure it’s PVA glue (PVA stands for polyvinyl acetate) as you need those specific long chain molecules for your slime to work.
We buy our elmer’s glue by the gallon! You can also get clear glue for a clear slime, but it costs more, and fluffy slime ends up being white so you may as well go with the white glue.
Most slime recipes use borax (here’s our borax slime recipe) as the activator. Borax is a brand name for sodium borate, a mix of boric acid and salt. While the supposed dangers of borax have been disproved, it is possible (though rare) to have an allergic reaction, so we made this fluffy slime recipe without borax.
You can use contact solution (aka saline solution) as a slime activator, as well as liquid starch. We make a LOT of slime, and liquid starch is quite a bit cheaper, so that’s our activator for this homemade fluffy slime recipe.
HOW TO MAKE FLUFFY SLIME
The key to making fluffy slime is using something that foams up. Some people use foaming face wash or hand wash, but the best fluffy slime ingredient is plain old shaving cream.
Make sure you get a foaming shaving cream, not the gel shaving cream. We use Barbasol brand but any shaving cream that foams up well should work.
FLUFFY SLIME INGREDIENTS
Okay friends, Larkin is ready to show you our fluffy slime recipe.
You’ll need Elmer’s glue, liquid starch, and shaving cream. You’ll also need a bowl to mix your slime in, and a spatula or craft stick for stirring it.
We like our slime to start out multicolored (the colors all mix together as you play with it) so we also gather food coloring and one bowl for each color we plan to make.
HOMEMADE FLUFFY SLIME INSTRUCTIONS
Pour about 1 cup of glue into your bowl. I did this step since the jug is way too heavy for Larkin.
Give your shaving cream some really good shaking. This is the perfect opportunity to put on some music and have a dance party!
Squirt about 1 cup of shaving cream into the bowl. Larkin was immediately enthralled by how fluffy it is and tried to blow it down. So cute!
Mix the shaving cream and glue together, until the shaving cream is completely incorporated.
You should now have a much fluffier consistency than you did with just the glue.
If you are adding food coloring, you need to do that before you activate the slime. We divided our fluffy slime base between 5 bowls. Larkin wanted to make blue and green slime for her Seahawks loving big brother.
Squirt the food coloring into each bowl.
Use separate spoons or craft sticks to mix each one so you don’t muddy your colors.
Now you can add the liquid starch. Start with a tablespoon at a time, mixing it in. When it starts to totally stick to your stir stick, pick it up and knead it in your hands. You can use anywhere from a tablespoon to 1/2 cup of liquid starch depending on how many batches you divide your slime into.
TIPS FOR THIS FLUFFY SLIME RECIPE
If the slime is sticky, add a bit more liquid starch. Fluffy slime can stick to your hands a bit, but should be easy to remove if you touch it quickly.
Be careful not to add too much starch or the slime will get pretty stiff and not stretch well. Add it a little bit at a time, you can always add more.
HOW TO MAKE MULTICOLORED FLUFFY SLIME
If you want to make your slime multicolored like ours, follow the fluffy slime recipe directions mixing each color of slime individually. Then line the slime colors up side by side.
Larkin turned it into a preschool counting lesson. She was SO proud of herself for identifying that there were five different colors!
Start twisting the slime together, stretching and folding it as you go. Soon they will make beautiful multicolored lines in the slime.
Now your slime is ready for lots of stretching and squashing. Eventually the colors all mix together, but it still stays nice and fluffy!
LOOKING FOR MORE DIY SLIME RECIPES?
We really LOVE making slime! We have a basic Borax slime recipe that’s also perfect for Valentine’s Day, a multicolored sensory slime recipe, our fun pastel Easter egg slime recipe, and even a food safe goop recipe for those of you with younger kiddos.
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- Pour about 1 cup of glue into a large mixing bowl.
- Shake the shaving cream well then squirt about 1 cup of shaving cream into the bowl.
- Mix well until the shaving cream is completely incorporated. You should now have a much fluffier consistency than you did with just the glue.
- Divide the slime base into however many bowls you want colors. We used 5 bowls for 5 colors.
- Squirt food coloring into each bowl and use separate spoons or craft sticks to mix each bowl so you don’t muddy your colors. Stir until the color is completely mixed in.
- Add liquid starch to one bowl, about a tablespoon at a time, mixing it in. When the slime starts to totally stick to your stir stick, pick it up and knead it in your hands.
- Repeat with remaining colors. You can use anywhere from a tablespoon to 1/2 cup of liquid starch per color depending on how many batches you divide your slime into.
- To mix, line the slime colors up side by side, then start twisting, stretching, an folding until you have one big piece of stripey multicolored fluffy slime.
- Store slime in an airtight bag or plastic container for weeks of fun.