Basic Slime Recipe

basic slime recipe

Are you a slimer? Our entire household is a bit obsessed with slime. We’ve a mini factory set up in our kitchen and have made a few batches of different slimes. I had a friend ask me to explain the slime trend. It’s hard to say why, but I can feel it lowering my stress level after a few minutes. It’s also an easy way to create and inspire creativity.

The only problem I have is in finding good recipes. There aren’t any amounts, just a list of ingredients, and everyone has customized the combinations to their preferences or ingredient availability. I’ve a few combos saved on Instagram, but couldn’t find a basic slime recipe, so I decided to make my own. I hope you find it useful. Comment below and let me know your favorite slime recipes.

Basic Slime Recipe


  • 5 oz white or clear glue
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Borax powder


  1. Pour the glue into a large bowl. Add coloring as desired and mix together until color is evenly distributed.
  2. Mix together the borax and warm water in a glass. Add borax water into glue 1/2 teaspoon at a time, stirring afterwards. Keep adding 1/2 teaspoons until mixture pulls away from the bowl.
  3. Begin kneading with hands until mixture is smooth. If mixture is too sticky, add more water 1/2 teaspoon at a time. When mixture does not stick to hands but is still stretchy, it’s ready! Store in an airtight container.
  4. The mixture can become sticky again after about 24 hours, so keep the remaining borax water on hand and add more as needed.

To make clear slime, use clear glue and then keep it in a container for 5-7 days without touching it. Eventually the bubbles will come to the surface and clear up.

You can buy Borax in any grocery store. I found a giant box of it for $3 at Target. If you can’t find it locally, look for items with boric acid in them. Some that I’ve found are eye drops, contact solution, and powdered hand soap. While you can find it in many other products, keep in mind that you will be handling the slime often. So make sure it won’t irritate your hands.

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