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How to Make Slime With Glue and Borax

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Slime requires two main ingredients: polyvinyl alcohol (in this case, glue) and borate ion (in this case, borax). Slime forms because polyvinyl alcohol is attracted to borate ion. That attraction creates lots of long, sticky chains — or slime.

Here’s how to make your own batch of slime.


  • School glue
  • Borax
  • About 1 cup of water
  • One very large bowl
  • Plastic spoon
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • Disposable gloves
  • Optional: Food coloring


Step 1: In the bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of glue and ¼ cup of water. To make your slime a specific color, add food coloring to the mixture now.

Step 2: Put on your gloves. Add ¼ cup of borax to the glue/water mixture and stir slowly.

Step 3: As the slime begins to mix, start kneading it with your hands. It’ll be messy at first, but keep going until the slime is fully formed. Add more water to make the slime stretchy.

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12 Comments on How to Make Slime With Glue and Borax

  1. Catgrrrl🐈‍⬛ // December 6, 2023 at 7:45 am // Reply

    You have to put the borax into hot water and dissolve. or, put one half cup borax and one cup boiling water in a bowl.

  2. So, if you don’t wear gloves it will burn you unless you use cold water in which case it doesn’t work anyway?

  3. thanks

  4. Preston PLAYZ // November 10, 2020 at 10:34 am // Reply


  5. Did not work

  6. That doesn’t look like the picture from the magazine.

  7. It is not working

  8. pinnaple_queen_111 // November 5, 2017 at 11:16 am // Reply

    Why do you have to put gloves on??

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