Borax free slime? You bet! Can you still enjoy making homemade slime without using borax, boric acid, or sodium borate? Yes you can! If you are looking for some fun alternative slime making ideas, look no further. We have removed and replaced the classic slime activators with gelatin, fiber, marshmallows, and more to create fun slimy recipes.
BEST BORAX FREE SLIME RECIPES FOR ALTERNATIVE IDEAS!
WHAT DOES BORAX FREE SLIME REALLY MEAN?
Let’s talk about the pink elephant in the room, borax! In some places it is banned or highly discouraged and that’s fine. There is a ton of controversy surrounding it, and to be honest borax powder slime is my least favorite slime to make. It’s finicky.
Check out a borax free slime video before reading more!
HOWEVER, a lot of people out there, bloggers included, are sharing “safe” alternatives to borax slime by using saline solution or liquid starch. Read below!
Maybe you and they feel it’s different if you make it with these items. To be fair, they all contain ingredients from the boron family. Therefore none of these products are really borax free. If you have an allergy or a problem with borax, make sure you know the facts before you decide.
So if you want to hop on the bandwagon with me, I would love to have you check out these two recipes for regular saline slime and for fluffy saline slime. Click on black boxes below. If you still need completely borax free slime option, read on!
Our basic slime recipes with the classic slime activator (borons) are some of our favorites and we recreate with different themes all year long. We have been making slime for 4 years now. Check out getting started and safety here.
NOW FOR THE TRULY BORAX FREE SLIME RECIPES!
So these recipes are considered taste safe (not tasty), non toxic, and kind of messy! I never recommend eating these slimes as a snack. However, if a little is ingested by a curious kid, they will be alright! I don’t make yummy slimes for this reason.
SLIME NOTE: These slimes will not necessarily behave or feel like traditional slimes that use traditional slime activators. They will not last as long either. Please don’t be discouraged by the texture or the characteristics of these borax free slimes.
The following borax free or non toxic slime recipes are perfect for our littlest scientists. Each slime recipe still contains a bit of science too, since science is chemistry of course!
A chemist will mix several ingredients and form a new substance from the chemical reaction. That’s exactly what these recipes along with our traditional slime recipes are, a new cool substance!
CLICK ON THE BORAX FREE SLIME RECIPES BELOW
Click on the links or pictures to check out each borax free recipe, get supply lists, and see it being made! Remember these slimes are different and will behave differently. They are still FUN!
This is a taste safe slime that is edible but not all that tasty. Again don’t eat the slime for a snack.
Not edible or taste safe, but certainly borax free! This is a twist on the classic oobleck goop recipe found below.
There are peeps for every occasion out there, and we try to make a new batch with every change of the holiday! I have both snowman and Valentines’s Day peeps on the counter right now! Taste safe but not tasty!
This is one of my favorites because you can get more of a traditional slime consistency. Be aware that although taste safe/edible, there is a lot of fiber powder used and not good for little tummies.
Gross science with fake snot slime! Gelatin is perfect for making a taste safe slime recipe that’s completely borax free.
In addition to the fake snot recipe, we also have a slightly different but taste safe version to try as well.
A classic! Every kid should make oobleck or a Non-newtonian fluid at least once. Learn all about liquids and solids and states of matter with easy kitchen science slime.
GUMMY BEAR SLIME
Candy slime that is most certainly borax free and taste safe. Use a gelatin based candy for a neat slime idea. Recipe as follows. We haven’t written a full post on it yet.
1. Take 1 Cup of Gummy Bears and place them in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Microwave Gummy Bears for roughly 25-35 seconds in order to break down the texture and stir. (May need to do additional seconds depending on wattage of microwave)
3. Add 2 Teaspoons of Corn Starch and 2 Teaspoons of Powdered Sugar.
4. Mix together and knead ingredients until throughly mixed.
5. Congratulations you now have completely Edible Gummy Bear Slime!
You can also turn this into more of a Playdough mixture by doubling the Teaspoon amounts of Corn Starch and Powdered Sugar.
This is more of a cross between a dough and a slime with some movement!
A happy accident that was a result of our classic expanding ivory soap science experiment! Pure soap slime that’s silky smooth.
I hope you have a better understanding of what borax free slime recipes really are! Plus, I hope you have found some unique ideas just behind your kitchen cupboard doors!
These borax free slime ideas can’t be beat when you need a little something different to do on a rainy or snowy afternoon. Plus, there’s a always a little science mixed with the cool sensory play.
Prepare to get slimy! Happy experimenting.
Sarah and Liam
And if you are looking for non-slime science activities, click on the box below! We have tons of cool science and STEM to check out for every holiday and season.