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Making slime with glue is a fun, cheap activity that continues to engross small kids and teens alike. According to CNBC, the craze of making slime with glue is so widespread that stores are struggling to keep glue stocked. Ask any teacher and they can tell you, making slime is an easy way to keep kids working with their hands for hours.

How to make slime with glue

Some parents report irritation of the skin as a result of the ingredients contained in common slime recipes. However, investigated the dangers associated with popular ingredients in slime. They determined that there is no concern regarding the use of Elmer’s Glue as an ingredient for making slime and little concern when it comes to other common ingredients.

Keep in mind that making slime is an experiment. You can add less or more of each ingredient to play with the consistency of your slime. You can start with a small amount or add extra to make a large amount. The point is to play around until you find a recipe that you love. Have fun!

How to make slime with glue and Tide

For this slime recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
  • Glue
  • Liquid Tide laundry detergent
  • Shaving cream (Optional)
  • Food coloring (Optional)

You can use any kind of liquid laundry detergent. However, we like the consistency created by using Tide. Experiment with different kinds to find what you like best.

Get out your mixing bowl and spoon and get started by following these steps:
  1. Add some glue to your mixing bowl.

    This does not need to be an exact measurement. Remember, you can experiment with the amounts to achieve your desired consistency.

  2. If you prefer a fluffier slime, add shaving cream. For slime with color, add some food coloring when you add the shaving cream.

    Keep in mind that the shaving cream and food coloring are optional ingredients and are only necessary if you want fluffy slime or color for your concoction.

    The amount of shaving cream you will add depends on your preference. The more you add, the fluffier your slime will become. Similarly, a little food coloring will result in a lighter color, while adding more will make a deeper colored slime.
  3. Put Tide detergent into bowl with glue.

    You will add less Tide than glue. Start with a ratio of about 1:4 and modify as necessary.

  4. Mix ingredients together with spoon until your slime feels and looks how you want it.
Looking for more slime recipes? Check out these cornstarch slime recipes and other slime recipes without borax or glue to continue with the experimenting fun!

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Nick Willoughby heads Filmmaking For Kids and Film Future, a pair of programs designed to teach kids aged 7 to 16 the various aspects of filmmaking. Nick is also a writer and director for 7 Stream Media, a video and media production firm based in the UK. Will Eagle has made a career out of digital marketing. He was a business strategist for Google and Pinterest, specifically assisting large clients in creating and executing YouTube marketing plans. Eagle has also worked for leading marketing firms and has been a guest lecturer at several universities. He is currently the vice president of strategy and marketing at Collab. Tee Morris is a social media pioneer. An early adopter of podcasting, he is no stranger to building audiences and releasing original content online. He has his own streaming channel on Twitch (, featuring a variety of gaming and talk shows. Tee is coauthor of Podcasting For Dummies, 3rd Edition, as well as several novels in the science fiction and fantasy genre, including the award-winning steampunk series, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

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