Kids love fluffy slime because it’s SO fun to squish and stretch but also light and airy as a cloud! Learn how to make fluffy slime with saline solution so quickly you won’t believe it! This is such a simple fluffy slime to make with glue and shaving cream. Make sure to add this slime recipe to your list of best slime recipes!
HOW TO MAKE FLUFFY SLIME
HOW DO YOU MAKE FLUFFY SLIME?
I get this question all the time! The best fluffy slime starts with the right ingredients and those are…
- PVA school glue
- Saline solution
- Baking Soda
- Foam shaving cream (see more about these ingredients below).
Guess what makes the fluff? You got it, shaving foam! Slime plus shaving foam equals fluffy slime! You choose the colors and give it any theme you like.
I use to think making slime was an impossible activity with wasted time and effort and a disappointed kid. Plus, it’s a recipe, and I don’t like to follow recipes! However, slime recipes are really easy to follow. You can get the ingredients on your next shopping trip.
Watch the slime video and see for yourself how easy it is to make fluffy slime!
IS FLUFFY SLIME BORAX FREE?
I have also been asked how to make fluffy slime without borax, and technically this fluffy slime recipe does not use borax powder which is often used for the traditional borax slime recipe shown in chemistry demonstrations.
However, this fluffy slime recipe uses saline solution. You will need saline solution that contains sodium borate or boric acid. These two ingredients are also members of the boron family just as the borax powder is and are known as slime activators.
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 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! Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?
What does shaving cream do?
Now, what do you think adding the shaving cream does for our fluffy slime? What happens to the shaving cream as it comes out of the can? Air is pushed into the liquid creating a foam. The air in the foam is what gives our shaving cream slime its fluff!
What happens when the air leaves the foam eventually? It leaves our slime too! However, the slime is still a lot of fun to play with even without the extra fluff.
Watch us make this fluffy slime recipe from start to finish!
The volume produced from the shaving cream in the fluffy slime creates such a cool texture, like a cloud. Plus it doesn’t smell too bad either!
Check out the photo story of our saline solution fluffy slime below, and you can see the fun he is having with our new fluffy slime recipe.
Homemade fluffy slime is a truly satisfying sensory experience!
FLUFFY SLIME RECIPE
Playing with slime can get messy! Makes sure to check out our best tips for how to get slime off clothes and hair!
- 1/2 Cup of White Washable PVA School Glue
- 3 Cups of Foaming Shaving Cream
- 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda
- Food Coloring
- 1 Tbsp of Saline Solution (contains both sodium borate and boric acid as ingredients)
- Bowl, Spoon, Measuring Cups and Spoons
HOW TO MAKE FLUFFY SLIME
STEP 1. Measure 3 heaped cups of shaving cream into a bowl. You can also experiment with using less shaving cream for different textures!
STEP 2. Add color. We used neon food coloring, but there are so many choices.
STEP 3. Add a 1/2 cup of glue to the shaving cream and gently mix.
STEP 4. Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and mix.
STEP 5. Add 1 tablespoon of the saline solution to the mixture and start whipping. If your slime is too sticky, add a few more drops of the saline solution.
Don’t add too much extra saline as the consistency gets less sticky with just good ole kneading. Adding to much saline solution can result in an over activated slime with a rubbery texture.
Once you get the mixture thoroughly whipped and incorporated, you can pull it out with your hands and knead.
TIP: Before removing the slime from the bowl, squirt a few drops of saline solution on your hands.
SUGGESTION: Repeat the fluffy slime recipe with different colors or enjoy the one batch! We made a giant batch of yellow fluffy slime the other day by tripling the recipe!
If you are wondering why your slime has failed, make sure to double check your ingredients and measurements.
FUN VARIATIONS OF FLUFFY SLIME
HOW TO MAKE SLIME WITH SHAVING CREAM
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Fluffy Slime Recipe
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 3-4 cups Foam Shaving Cream (Don’t use the gel kind! These will be heaping cups.)
- 1/2 cup White Washable PVA School Glue (We like Elmer’s brand!)
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tbsp Saline Solution (Active ingredients should be sodium borate and boric acid)
- Food Coloring
- Put shaving cream into mixing bowl.
- Add food coloring as desired.
- Stir in the glue gently.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the surface and gently stir into glue and shaving cream mixture.
- Add saline solution.
- Stir the mixture quickly until slime begins to form and pull away from sides and bottom of bowl.
Once you have stirred your slime as much as possible and it has formed a big ball, pick it up! It’s time to knead your slime into the perfect texture.
TIP: Add a few drops of saline solution to your hands before picking up slime. This will prevent the slime from sticking as you knead it. After it is well kneaded, the slime should not be sticky anymore.
You can store your slime in a reusable container with a lid. However, the slime will lose some of it’s fluffiness over time.