Discover how to make clear slime that is so quick and easy 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. This clear slime recipe below will show you how to easily make slime with clear glue and saline solution.
How To Make Clear 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.
Don’t want to use borax powder to make clear slime? You are in the right place! Keep reading to find out the second way you can make clear slime, and our preferred clear slime recipe without borax.
Clear Slime Recipe
This is our newest method for making crystal clear slime. Find out how to make clear slime without borax below.
- 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.
STEP 2: In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp baking soda and dissolve.
STEP 3: Gently stir the baking soda/water mixture into glue.
NOTE: This step is different from our traditional saline solution slime recipe.
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.
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.
Tips & Tricks For Making The Best Clear Slime
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.
Less Slime Activator
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.
Add Fun Mix-ins
You can now add more fun mix-ins like we did! (See our ideas below!) 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.
Let It Rest
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!
Fun Ideas For Clear Slime
Helpful Slime Making Resources To Get Your Started
These are the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your awesome stretchy slime! We talk more about slime science below too.
- Slime Activator List
- What is slime?
- What You Need To Make Slime
- Amazing Benefits Of Playing With Slime
- Best Slime Ideas
- How To Make Slime Less Sticky
- How To Get Slime Out Of Clothes And Hair
A Bit Of Slime Science
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…
Here are a few ideas for fun things to add to your clear slime recipe!
- Glitter or confetti, or BOTH!
- Gold Leaf
- LEGO Mini-figs! Yes really!!
- Colored pom poms and more…
Free Printable Slime Recipe
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All the best homemade slime recipes in one place with plenty of fantastic extras!
- The Ultimate Slime Guide contains all the specialty recipes you or your kids want to make! You’ll find all the best tips, tricks, hints, and slime-y info in almost 100 pages!
- The Ultimate Slime Holiday Guide covers all the best holidays and seasons with special themes and slime-y projects!
- The Ultimate Borax-FREE and Taste-Safe Slime Guide shows you how to make all the best borax-free, taste-safe, and non-toxic slimes kids love, such as marshmallow slime. These recipes do not use chemical activators such as saline solution, liquid starch, or borax powder, making them truly borax-free.
- The Ultimate Slime Coloring Book is an easy-to-print coloring book kids will love! Color and design your favorite slimes!
- The Slime Starter Guide is a fact-filled information guide with everything you need to know to make the best slime ever!
- Slime Science Project Pack helps you turn slime-making into a science lesson!