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How to Make Slime without Borax

by Jean Van't Hul
January 8, 2023
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Want to learn how to make slime without borax? Here’s our best butter slime recipe and video for a super soft and stretchy material.

Updated January 2023

We have watched many slime videos and tried many of the different recipes out there. Some were way too hard, some got really sticky after about a day (too much lotion). Some just dried out a lot after a couple days of playing with it (too much borax).

But here is our perfect butter slime recipe. We hope you have fun making it and that this recipe works for you as well as it has for us.

How to Make Slime

First, here’s a video tutorial showing how to make it! Keep scrolling for the recipe and tutorial below.

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Butter Slime Recipe

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*We all call it shaving cream, but make sure to buy the FOAM kind rather than cream or gel.


  1. Mix glue and shaving cream

    Squeeze a large bottle of white Elmer’s School Glue into a medium bowl.

    squeezing glue into bowl

    Add 1 and a 1/4 heaping cups of shaving foam. Mix thoroughly.

    shaving cream and glue in bowl

  2. Stir in contact solution

    Add 1/8 cup of contact solution and stir. The mixture will come together, become more rubbery, and begin to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (See the video!)

    mixing cream and glue for slime

  3. Knead (a lot)

    Next, knead and pull with hands until not as sticky (add a bit more shaving cream if necessary).

    kneading slime

    FYI if you have small children, this step could get VERY messy! But keep kneading and pulling and it will eventually come together and stop sticking to everything!

    white slime

  4. Knead in Model Magic

    Add 3 ounces of model magic in your desired colors.

    blue coloring in slime

    Poke and knead, stretch and pull until thoroughly mixed.

    making blue slime

  5. Add lotion

    Make a dent in middle of your butter slime and add a scant tablespoon of lotion. Mix until fully incorporated. Store in an airtight container.

    blue slime

Now it’s time to play! 

dinos in slime
Photo by Andrea Martelle

6 Fun Ways To Play With Slime

  1. Spread it with a knife
  2. Poke and knead it with your hands
  3. Stretch and pull it
  4. Use your favorite toys or poke-ins for pretend play
  5. Bury end the end of a straw in the middle of slime, pinch where straw is and blow to make a bubble
  6. Make a bubble with your hands by stretching the butter slime up and out then quickly dropping the top like a parachute (see video demonstration)

Warning: do not get near clothing, blankets, or carpets.

But if you do…. Here’s our best removal tip:

Grab a little bit of slime and quickly use it to dab at the area until it comes off.

For a different, but cool, texture, mix 1 part butter slime to 1 part model magic.

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