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.  I’m talking about glitter, theme confetti, and mini treasures.  This clear slime recipe below shows you how to easily make transparent slime with clear glue.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CLEAR SLIME WITH KIDS!

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.

TRANSPARENT SLIME

There are two ways to get a super translucent clear slime. The first way is to make your slime with borax powder. You will find the full step by step directions for making clear slime with borax here. 

Watch clear slime being made live here!

Borax powder makes a great crystal clear slime that looks like liquid glass. There’s a special tip at the end for how to get a super glossy slime too!  Yes, it is possible! Keep reading to find out the second way you can make clear slime, and our preferred clear slime recipe, that doesn’t use borax powder.

BASIC SLIME RECIPES 

All of our holiday, seasonal, and everyday slimes use one of five basic slime recipes that are super easy to make! We make slime all the time, and these have become our go-to favorite slime recipes!

Here we use our basic Saline Solution Slime  recipe to make our clear slime.  Clear slime with saline solution is one of our favorite sensory play recipes!  We make it ALL the time because it is so quick and easy to whip up.   Four simple ingredients {one is water} are all you need.  Add color, glitter, sequins, and then you are done!

Where do I buy saline solution?

We pick up our saline solution in the grocery store! You can also find it on Amazon, Walmart, Target, and even at your pharmacy.

Note: If you are going to be adding food coloring for colored but transparent slime, you don’t have to specifically use a clear slime recipe. Any of our basic slime recipes will work just fine!

HOST A SLIME MAKING PARTY AT HOME OR SCHOOL!

I always thought slime was too difficult to make, but then I tried it! Now we are hooked on it. Grab some saline solution and PVA glue and get started! We have even made slime with a small group of kids for a slime party!  This clear slime recipe below also makes a great slime to use in the classroom! Find our free printable slime labels here.

How To Make Clear Slime with Confetti

THE SCIENCE OF SLIME

We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too!   Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s slime science all about?  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…

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then 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 rubbery like slime! Slime is a polymer.

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!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…

How To Make Clear Slime Recipe with Fun Mix Ins

CLEAR 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 of saline solution to it and keep kneading.

If you add too much slime activator 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 also gently tear off the crusty bubbly section instead of mixing it back into the slime!

How to make clear slime and add fun mix-ins like mini shells, chunky glitter, and little treasures

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CLEAR SLIME RECIPE

This is our newest method for making crystal clear slime. Find out how to make clear slime without borax below.

INGREDIENTS FOR CLEAR SLIME:

  • 1/2 cup Clear PVA School Glue
  • 1 tablespoon Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Measuring Cups, Spoons, Bowl
  • Fun Mix-Ins!

HOW TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME

STEP 1:  Add 1/2 cup of clear glue to a bowl.

How To Make Clear Slime with Clear Glue

STEP  2:  In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp baking soda and dissolve.

How To Make Clear Slime Adding Saline Solution

How To Make Clear Slime with Modified Saline Solution Recipe

STEP 3: Gently stir the baking soda/water mixture into glue.

NOTE: This step is different from our traditional saline solution slime recipe.

How To Make Clear Slime Mixture

STEP 4: Add confetti and glitter if desired.

STEP 5:  Add 1 tbsp of saline solution to the mixture. Mix quickly until the slime pulls away from sides and bottom of the bowl.

How To Make Clear Slime : Mixing Slime

STEP 6:  Squeeze a few drops of saline solution (or contact solution is using) on your hands and continue to knead your slime by hand either in the bowl or on a tray.

How To Make Clear Slime

FUN IDEAS FOR CLEAR SLIME

Here are a few ideas for fun things to add to your clear slime recipe!

MORE COOL SLIME IDEAS

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EASY TO MAKE CLEAR SLIME WITHOUT BORAX POWDER!

Try more fun homemade slime recipes right here. Click on the link or on the image below.

  • 1/2 cup clear PVA glue
  • 1 tbsp saline solution
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  1. Add 1/2 cup of clear glue to a bowl.

  2. In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp baking soda and dissolve.

  3. Gently stir the baking soda/water mixture into glue.

  4. Add confetti and glitter if desired and mix together.

  5. Add 1 tbsp of saline solution to the mixture. Mix quickly until the clear slime pulls away from sides and bottom of the bowl.

  6. Squeeze a few drops of saline solution (or contact solution is using) on your hands and continue to knead your clear slime by hand either in the bowl or on a tray.