How to make clear slime is one of the most searched terms on our website, so I wanted to make sure I had a great resource for making clear homemade slime to share with you. There are two slime recipes for making clear slime you will enjoy. Learning how to make slime with kids is an awesome science project and tactile sensory play idea.
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME WITH KIDS (2 RECIPES)!
Learn how to make clear slime is the best when you want to really showcase what you are mixing into slime in the way of glitter, theme confetti, and mini treasures!
If you are going to add food coloring for colored slime, you don’t have to specifically use these clear slime recipes.
Of course, the main component of clear slime is using the best clear PVA washable school glue, but the process of adding the slime activators is a bit different.
There are two ways to get the clearest slime possible. The first way to make clear slime is with our borax powder slime recipe and the second is with our modified saline solution slime recipe (both using clear glue).
You will see how to make the modified saline solution slime recipe below, and we already have a page dedicated to the clear borax powder slime including a video.
NOTE: Borax powder and saline solution are both members of the boron family and contain borates. Neither should be called borax free for this reason. You can read more about this here.
MAKING YOUR CLEAR SLIME RECIPE
All of our holiday, seasonal, and unique slimes use one of our 4 basic slime recipes that are super easy to make! We make slime all the time, and these have become our go-to favorite slime making recipes.
Make sure to read through our recommended slime supplies and print out a slime supplies checklist for your next trip to the store. After the supplies listed below you will see click here black boxes for slime recipes that will work with this theme.
Make sure to download our recipe cheat sheet below too!
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME (RECIPE 1): Borax Powder Slime Recipe
You will find the full step by step directions by clicking on the black box below. We also have a video included so you can watch the slime being made. Borax powder makes a great crystal clear slime that looks like liquid glass.
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME (RECIPE 2) : Modified Saline Solution Slime Recipe
This is our newest method for making really clear slime. This clear slime uses the same ingredients as our basic saline solution slime recipe, but we modified one of the process steps. Look closely below.
CLEAR SLIME SUPPLIES: Make sure to look over our recommended supplies list
Clear Washable PVA School Glue
Saline Solution (must contain sodium borate and boric acid, not contact solution)
Measuring Cups, Spoons, Bowl
CLEAR SLIME RECIPE: Look through the pictures and read the step by step directions below. As always let us know if you need help. Our mission is to help you make awesome slime with your kids!
Make sure to also read up on the science behind the homemade slime below. It’s great stuff for a slime obsessed kid because you can learn and play all at the same time.
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME RECIPE
- Add 1/2 cup of clear glue to a bowl.
- In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp baking soda and dissolve.
- Gently stir baking soda/water mixture into glue.
- Add 1 tbsp of saline solution to mixture.
- Mix quickly until slime pulls aways from sides and bottom of bowl.
- Squeeze a few drops of solution on your hands and continue to knead slime by hand with either in the bowl or on a tray.
Kneading is an important part of the process and helps to make the slime less sticky. Should your slime still feel too sticky, add just a drop or two at a time to it and keep kneading.
You can now add fun mix-ins like we did! Also, you can add slime to mini containers as shown below and decorate to give to friends.
Your clear slime will have air bubbles in it still. If you let the slime rest in a container for a few days all the bubbles will rise to the surface and leave a crystal clear slime below!
We love these mini containers that you can check out here with all our favorite slime supplies. You can host a slime making party and everyone gets a container to take home. Find out free printable slime labels here.
Check out more slimy resources below to learn how to make awesome slime anytime of the year!
EASY TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME WITH KIDS IS A PERFECT ACTIVITY TO SHARE!
STORING YOUR SLIME
Slime lasts quite awhile! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. And…if you forget to store your slime in a container, it does actually last a few days uncovered. If the top gets dry feeling just fold it into itself, and it should be as good as new.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers as seen here.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HOMEMADE SLIME RECIPE
What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime!
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
HERE’S SOME MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!
You will find everything you ever wanted to know about making homemade slime right here, and if you have questions, just ask me!
Did you know we also have fun with science activities too? We also love to experiment with all kinds of simple to set up science experiments and STEM activities. Click on all the black boxes below to learn more.