EDIT: I’ve added the accidently omitted bicarb ingredient! Thanks for the emails received and the comment made below to alert me to it. I’ve taken a while to get back to you – apologies- but its sorted now!
So slime posts are definitely one of my big hitters here on my blog, with a lot of emails and social media DM’s to me asking about tips and tricks – and I actually plan to put out a post on all of it one day. But if there has ever been the number one question about slime to me from all my Saffer and UK readers, it would have to be: “Where can I find Borax?” (Or “what else other than borax can I use?”)
And the thing is, to make slime work, you absolutely NEED to have that borate ion to make the magic happen. So unless you’re living in a country where laundry starch or Borax (laundry detergent) is readily available like in the US, or even willing to order-in your Borax (like I do), it’s actually not so easy to make these “super easy” slime recipes I’ve got posted up all over the place. That is until now!;)
Well, the recipe has been around for a while already, and we have been messing around with this recipe (and others) for some time now as well…but finally here is great option for you if starch or Borax has been out of reach for you.
All you need is…wait for it…eye contact lens solution!
Yuppers….thats the not- so- magical magic ingredient you’ll need. And what’s great is that it is so readily available at Clicks, Diskem, or any pharmacy that really slime is now anyone’s game!
The trick is to check out the ingredients list, though. You want to be sure that the brand you choose indeed has the borate ion you need. Renu was renowned for having it, however, the bottles I’ve checked here in SA have notoriously not contained it. So be sure that the brand you use indeed has the right stuff!
We use “” and worked well enough for us.
We actually wanted to make Rainbow Unicorn Slime – since we’re in the thick of our Slime Fest now that’s yet another fun activity we’re ticking off our Halloween Bucket List. But the colours we had were a bit limited. And I will share that one with you ASAP, but for now here is that basic slime using contact lens solution.
So, without further ado, here’s that Starch-Free and Borax- free Slime Recipe:
What you will need:
– 120 ml Glue ( I use Penguin make or the Wood glue, depending on what look you’re going for)
– 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
– 1 Table spoon water
– 2 Table spoons Contact Lens Solution
– Glitter (optional)
– Food colouring (one to a few drops depending on the colour depth you want. Just don’t use too much)
1. Pour glue into glass bowl
2. Add in water and mix well (this is optional. It makes the slime a little stretchier)
3. Add in the bicarbonate of soda and ensure its all mixed in well
4. Add colouring and mix well
5. Add glitter and mix well
6. Then slowly but surely add the contact lens solution. Add it slowly and mix for minimum two minutes before you add more. Try adding it at the pace of ½ tablespoon at a time. Patience is the name of the game – for real! Never ever just dump it all in – you will be sorry.
Mix and eventually use your one hand to mix it all in once it seems less sticky. Play with it for another 3 minutes before you think of making any adjustments. Sometime the ingredients just take a while to react with each other – Science, Biyatch! 😉
And there you have it. For any more tips, go see my original slime recipe post over here.
Store in an airtight container, like a ziplock bag, but preferably s ziplock tub.
Now for my slime-o-meter rating on this recipe:
Whilst it worked awesomely, and the kids had a ball in not only making it, and playing with it after (so did I), I’ve got to say that it’s longevity leaves much to be desired. For even though it was well stored, it was quite liquidy the very next day, and has since become even more and more a bit of mess.
Maybe it’s the brand of lens solution I used, or maybe it’s just the nature of this recipe, but it really didn’t last as long as the borax version – which just went on and on and on and on.
However, when playing with it for the good hour or two after making, it worked beautifully. Stretched wonderfully, and brought all the happy feels slime does.
But also considering the price of lens solution, on the Slime-o-Meter scale of 1-5, I’ll have to give it a:
Keep on sliming! X