Summertime and lemons are like best friends. You can’t have one without the other and they always complement each other! We took our simple fruity scented slime and turned it into the PERFECT lemon slime recipe just in time for the summer kickoff. As always we give you everything you need to make the best homemade slime around including the best slime ingredients and how to achieve the best slime consistency!
LEMON SCENTED SLIME RECIPE FOR SUMMER!
EASY JELLO SLIME
For this awesomely scented slime recipe, we aren’t using fragrance oils. Although oils are popular and easy to use, we think Jello powder is a convenient and inexpensive alternative. We do love fragrance oils too!
This slime uses one of our 4 basic slime recipes!
We believe that slime making should be a snap and that you shouldn’t need a billion different recipes to create different slime themes and activities.
Once you master these 4 basic recipes, you can transform your slime over and over again with AMAZING ideas like this simple lemon scented slime recipe. Watch the video…
HOW TO MAKE EASY SCENTED SLIME FOR SUMMER STEP BY STEP!
For this lemon-scented slime recipe, I prefer to use the saline solution slime recipe method. However, you can also experiment with our other basic recipes.
Make sure to read through the following resources before getting started! Additionally, if you rather add a few drops of lemon fragrance oil, go for it. You will want to add yellow food coloring as well.
Also read through the simple slime science below!
- Recommended Slime Supplies (our favorite brands to use)
- How To Fix Slime: Troubleshooting Guide!
- 4 Basic Slime Recipes To Master!
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YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/2 Cup of Elmers Clear Washable School Glue
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 1/2-1 tbsp of Lemon Jello Powder (Do NOT use sugar-free)
- 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 -2 tbsp of Saline Solution (NOTE: boric acid and sodium borate need to be ingredients)
MAKE LEMON SCENTED SLIME
Here are the step by step instructions to create this specific lemon scented slime. However, if you would like to view picture steps and videos, check out the main SALINE SOLUTION RECIPE page for more information including additional tips and tricks.
It’s really a simple recipe as long as you start with the right ingredients for making slime…
If you still find you are having trouble, and you have looked through the troubleshooting guide, email me!
STEP 1: First, mix glue and water together in a bowl.
STEP 2: Next go ahead and add the jello powder and stir.
STEP 3 Optional): If you want to make a brighter yellow lemonade slime, add food coloring now!
STEP 4: Add in baking soda and stir to incorporate.
SLIME ACTIVATOR STEP
STEP 5: The final step is to add the slime activator (read more on slime activators here) which is the saline solution, please note the original recipe calls for 1 tbsp to be used.
NOTE: This recipe, due to the gelatin powder, requires at least an additional 1/2 to a full tablespoon more. It will be a looser slime, and you can continue to add a few drops of saline at a time to stiffen it up!
READ SLIME SCIENCE BELOW FOR MORE ON THIS…
TIP: Knead your slime well to reduce stickiness and improve consistency. Spend a couple of minutes or more kneading it in your hands or even in the bowl to start.
TIP: A little trick is to put a few drops of solution on your hands before picking up the slime!
Slime easily fits the bill when it comes to engaging multiple age groups at the same time. keep in mind that this slime recipe is NOT edible! We do offer a variety of taste/safe slime recipes including an edible JELLO slime recipe!
Now you have just made a super easy lemon scented slime recipe! Perfect to beat the summer boredom blues or for a fun camp activity!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HOMEMADE SLIME RECIPE
Interesting science tip for this lemon-scented slime…
From trial and error (scientific experimentation) we found that several items will keep the slime from forming! They include lemon juice, Koolaid, and honey!
Pretty neat to learn that the acids in these ingredients break down the chemical substance formed between the glue and the activators. This is why the JELLO powder does require a bit more saline to form the slime.
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime really does make for 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 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 form 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 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! 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!
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. I love the deli-style containers in my recommended slime supplies list here.
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.