How to Make Slime with Contact Solution
Slime has been a hit in our house for the past couple years. We started with edible slime recipes because my youngest daughter was only 2 years old at the time and still liked to taste everything she played with.
However, now that the girls are older, we’ve been experimenting with more traditional slime recipes. We especially love to make slime with contact solution, because a little bit goes a long way. We can use the same bottle of contact solution to make multiple batches of slime!
Here I’ll show you how to make both a basic white glue slime with contact solution, as well as a metallic glitter slime.
Both contact solution slime recipes are super easy — only 4 ingredients each!
Why We Use Contact Solution to Make Slime
I’ve seen a lot of recipes on the internet, Pinterest, etc. that promise to show you “how to make slime without borax,” but then list contact solution as an ingredient.
Contact solution does contain ingredients from the boron family, so it’s not entirely accurate to say it is borax free slime. However, we prefer contact solution as our slime activator because borax powder on its own can be harsh on skin, and it is not always readily available.
If you really want that perfect stretchy slime, it’s hard to beat a boron-based activator, and contact solution is one of the best options in our opinion.
Benefits of contact solution slime:
- You can easily find contact solution at your local grocer
- Contact solution is a great slime activator
- Not as harsh on skin as borax alone
Keep reading to learn how to make slime with contact solution two different ways, plus watch our easy video tutorial!
How to Make White Glue Slime with Contact Solution
White glue slime is the original slime recipe — I love it because it looks so clean and inviting! However, you can also add a couple drops of food coloring to your white glue slime if you like to switch it up.
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White Glue Slime Ingredients
- 1 cup white school glue*
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup water, as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 Tablespoons contact solution
*We buy our white glue in bulk because we use it for so many different slime recipes. That way we always have slime supplies on hand! See more of our favorite slime supplies here.
Contact Solution Slime Recipe #1
Add a generous cup of white school glue to a medium mixing bowl.
TIP: Skip generic glues and stick to name brands – we find that generic formulas don’t work as well. And no one wants a slime fail!
Add water and baking soda and stir to mix thoroughly. If you want to add any food coloring to your white glue slime, now is the time to do so.
Lastly, add contact solution and stir – slime will start to clump together right away into a cohesive ball.
Finish kneading slime by hand until it is no longer sticky. If after 3-5 minutes of mixing, slime still sticks to hands, add another splash of contact solution.
How to Make Glitter Slime with Contact Solution
Pretty much every store we shop at, whether it is a craft store or just the grocery store has a section for slime supplies. And glue manufacturers are making all kinds of different glues – from glitter glue, to glow in the dark glue. There are so many options to make unique slime recipes!
First, watch this quick video demo to see how to make slime with contact solution, then keep reading for our full glitter slime recipe! Click on the video below to play:
In the video, we skipped the water to make a thicker version of our contact solution slime, similar to thinking putty. If you use the water, it will be a bit more fluid and stretchy.
Glitter slime is one of our favorite slimes recipes because it is just as easy to make as basic contact solution slime, but you can make it in a variety of colors!
In the photos below, we used metallic glitter glues for our gold and silver glitter slime. It turned out stunningly shiny!
Glitter Slime Ingredients
*For a thicker slime, similar to thinking putty, omit the water from this recipe.
Add the entire bottle of glitter glue to a medium mixing bowl.
TIP: We stick with name brands like Elmer’s Glue because generic formulas don’t seem to work as well.
Add water and stir until until well mixed with glue. Add baking soda and stir until dissolved.
Finally, add contact solution and stir. Slime will begin to clump together, but may still be sticky (that’s ok!)
Finish kneading slime by hand until it is no longer sticky. If after 3-5 minutes of mixing, slime still sticks to hands, work in another spoonful of contact solution.
Learn to Master Slime
This contact lens solution is one of our starter recipes that form the base for LOTS of other slime recipes. Once you master these basic recipes, you can make almost anything!
Be sure to pin our metallic glitter slime on Pinterest:
Slime Safety Tips
Slime is lots of fun and a wonderful sensory experience for kids! However, it’s important to make sure to follow all slime safety recommendations:
- This slime is not edible. Please do not taste or eat.
- Always supervise children when making and playing with any slime recipe.
- As with many slime recipes, this contact solution slime involves a chemical reaction. Some ingredients may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Always wash hands thoroughly after play.
- Read this first: click here to read all of our tips to make slime safely.
For glue-free slime alternatives, check out our complete guide: How to Make Slime (without Glue or Borax)
Contact Solution Slime Recipe
How to make slime with contact solution - two fun and easy recipes for making slime without borax powder, plus a video tutorial!
- 1 cup white school glue
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup water as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 Tablespoons contact solution
- 1 bottle glitter glue 5oz
- ½ cup water*
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1-2 Tablespoons contact solution
Add white school glue to mixing bowl.
Add water and baking soda and mix thoroughly with a craft stick or spoon. If adding food coloring, do so now.
Add contact solution and stir - slime will start to clump together right away.
Finish kneading slime by hand until it is no longer sticky. If after 3-5 minutes of mixing, slime still sticks to hands, add another TB of contact solution.
Add the entire bottle of glitter glue to mixing bowl.
Add water and stir until until well combined. Add baking soda and stir until dissolved.
Add contact solution and stir. Slime will begin to clump together, but may still be sticky (that's ok!)
- Finish kneading slime by hand until it is no longer sticky. If after 3-5 minutes of mixing, slime still sticks to hands, work in another spoonful of contact solution.
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More of our favorite slime recipes for kids:
Last updated on February 24th, 2019 at 08:05 pm
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