Borax or sodium tetraborate is the most common ingredient used in slime making. Borax can lead to adverse health conditions like skin rashes, eye irritation, acute toxicity, hormone issues such as lower sperm count and libido, oral irritability and even death. So, both the adults and the children must stay away from borax usage.

Is borax safe in slime making

Be Cautious

Children tend to put their hands in their mouth. They can try to chew slime that contains borax. Swallowing borax can affect their health dangerously. Never leave your kids alone with slime toys that include borax. Call a doctor immediately if they have consumed slime.

The Good News

Slime can be made without borax too. Instead, you can use corn-starch as the ingredient for the purpose. Corn-starch is edible and safe. It is widely used to make various food items.

Wear These Things Before Making Slime Along With Your Cute Busy Bee

  • Face Mask

  • Goggles

  • Gloves

  • Head cap/ cover/ turban

  • Make slime near a wash-basin so that if anything gets into the eyes, you can wash immediately.

Ingredients Needed For Making Slime Without Borax

  • Corn-starch (2 cups)

  • Water (1 and ½ cups / 350 ml)

  • Food coloring (13 drops)

  • Saucepan

  • Microwave-safe bowl

  • Normal medium sized bowl

  • Large sized bowl

  • Blending spoon

Process For Making Slime Without Borax

How to make slime without borax
How to make slime without borax steps
  • Pour 1 cup of water (250 ml) in the saucepan. Heat it until the water is warm (not boiling). Boiling water can’t be used, and if the water gets too hot, you have to wait for it to cool down.
  • The best option is to put the water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat up in the microwave for around 1 minute.
  • Pour the warm water in a separate bowl. Add drops of food coloring until the water becomes a shade darker than you wish the slime to be. While making the slime, the color will be slightly diluted. Blend the water and color well with the help of a spoon.
  • Now, measure 2 cups that is 140 g or 500 ml of corn-starch. Place the corn-starch or cornflour into a large-sized bowl. Put the colored water slowly in that bowl containing corn-starch. Use your fingers to mix well the ingredients together. Mix them until the consistency becomes thick like that of paste.
  • It’s time to regulate the slime’s consistency. You can add more corn-starch if you think that the slime is too thin. You have to add more warm water if you find the mixture is too thick.
  • Keep on doing it until you get the right slimy consistency needed for the perfect slime.

How Can You Understand That Without Borax You Have Got The Ideal Slime Consistency?

Put your fingers into the mixture and check whether you can run your fingers smoothly into it. Again, when you move your fingers along the surface of the slime, it must provide you a dry feeling.

Make Your Slime More Exciting

Add objects like rubber or plastic toys (insects, worms, reptiles, tiny dolls, birds, animals, eyeballs, etc.) to make the slime fun-filled playing materials. Children can make use of these items in their school projects, nature or environmental camp, theme party, etc.

Keep Your Slime In Good Condition For An Extended Period

Keeping slime in good condition after use

After using the slime, put it into an air-tight zipped bag so that it can be saved from growing mold or insect attacks. Refrigerating the preserved slime can prolong its shelf life.

Enjoy your stretchy and elastic corn-starch made slime with your kids. You can have a smile as swallowing of cornflour/corn-starch won’t harm their health. But, it is always suggested to keep your eyes on your babies as they can chew the rubber/plastic toys.