Making Fluffy Slime | At Home Activities

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If you, like me, are trying your best to keep your little people entertained during this lock down, then here is something that should help! 

I have previously banned slime in the house before because it was horrible to get out of the carpet, but we don’t have a carpet anymore so I allow it now – of course it dries out easily and quickly so we are forever buying more. But since we can’t do that now, I scoured the internet to find a slime recipe we could do at home, with fairly easy to find ingredients that aren’t sold out in the shops! I am happy to say I have found one that requires little or no extra bits, and that is what I am going to share with you here!

But first things first. Slime is created by a chemical reaction in the PVA glue with borax. Now borax isn’t something you can get very easily, so many slime recipes suggest using contact lens solution. BUT. Here in the UK most contact lens solution does not contain boric acid/borax, so it won’t cause the chemical reaction needed and the slime won’t come together. However after much research I can tell you that you can use Optrex eye wash solution and it works like a charm! I have actually still seen it on the shelves of my pharmacy here, so I think it is still easy enough to find. And since you don’t need a lot of it, you can use it for many a batch!

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So let’s get to it, shall we?

What you need:

2 tablespoons (approx) Optrex eye wash

2/3 cup PVA glue (the white children’s glue)

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

2-3 cups shaving foam (not gel!)

food colouring/glitter to make it fun

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How to make it:

In a bowl pour in the glue then add the water and bicarbonate and mix. Add in your shaving foam and gently fold together. Then add your food colouring and/or glitter to make it pretty.

Now comes the magic – adding the eye wash to create the fluffy slime. I start with adding one tablespoon and stir and knead it for a couple minutes. It should start coming away from the bowl. If it is still too sticky add in some more, half a tablespoon at a time. If you add too much the slime will become hard and not stretchy, if you don’t add enough it will be too sticky. It is all about experimentation, but a good consistency is when it slightly sticks to your hand but comes off easily.

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And there you have it! Fluffy slime! Hours of fun! The fluffiness only lasts about an hour or so sadly, but then it turns into normal slime, so it is still fun!

I hope you have enjoyed this and are able to keep busy for a little while!

Stay safe <3

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