Discover how to make clear slime that is so easy and quick to whip up! 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 crystal clear homemade slime to share with you. We show you two variations for making clear slime you have to try.
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME WITH KIDS (2 RECIPES)!
CRYSTAL CLEAR SLIME
Clear slime is the way to go when you want to really showcase what you are mixing into your homemade slime. I’m talking about glitter, theme confetti, and mini treasures!
If you are going to be adding food coloring for colored but transparent slime, you don’t have to specifically use these clear slime recipes. Any of our basic slime recipes will work just fine!
The best slime ingredients make the best clear slime. We use clear PVA washable school glue and either borax powder or saline solution as our slime activator.
BORAX SLIME OR SALINE SOLUTION SLIME
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 use 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. We also make the clear glue borax slime LIVE on Facebook so you can see it from start to finish.
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.
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME (RECIPE 1): Borax Powder Slime Recipe
You will find the full step by step directions for making clear borax slime by clicking on the black box below. We also have a video included so you can watch how the slime is made.
Borax powder makes a great crystal clear slime that looks like liquid glass. There’s a special tip at the end of the page to really get a glassy look too! NEW Watch it made live here!
HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME (RECIPE 2 Below): 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 in-process steps. Look closely below.
CLEAR SLIME SUPPLIES: Make sure to look over our recommended supplies list
- Elmer’s Clear Washable PVA School Glue
- Saline Solution (must contain sodium borate and boric acid, not contact solution)
- Baking Soda
- Warm Water
- Measuring Cups, Spoons, Bowl
- Fun Mix-Ins!
CLEAR SLIME RECIPE: Look through the pictures and read the step by step directions below. As always let us know if you need help. We have a troubleshooting guide: How to fix slime if you need additional 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. * this is different from the traditional saline recipe.
- Add confetti and glitter if desired
- Add 1 tbsp of saline solution to the mixture.
- Mix quickly until slime pulls away from sides and bottom of the 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.
SALINE SLIME TIPS AND TRICKS
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.
If you add too much activator (saline solution) you may end up with a rubbery slime. Clear glue slime is already firmer then white glue slime. Really knead before choosing to add more activator.
You can now add more fun mix-ins like we did! We decided to make a simple clear slime and divide amongst condiment size containers to give to friends. Decorate each one in it’s own unique way with any combination of fun slime mix in goodies.
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! You can gently tear off the crusty bubbly section instead of mixing it back into the slime!
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 any time of the year!
STORING YOUR SLIME
Slime lasts quite a while! 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.
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 use condiment containers as seen here.
HOMEMADE SLIME SCIENCE
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!
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.