Stretchy. Sticky. Squishy. Making your own slime at home is a great activity for the whole family. Most recipes ask for glue or borax; however, if you don’t have either, what should you do?

You can save yourself a trip to the store by making slime with common components found around the house. You can make your own glue-free slime with just 2 components, and it may be either fluffy or jelly, depending on your preference.

How to Make Slime Without Glue


Why Use No Glue in Your Slime?

Glue slime is the most popular kind because it can be manufactured quickly and reliably. However, after it dries, it is extremely sticky and difficult to remove. Don’t ask me how I know this; I’m still not over the fact that my kids tried to wash their slime and dry it, destroying all of our bath towels in the process.

The fact that you probably already have everything you need to make this glueless slime is an added bonus. It’s unusual for us to have an entire bottle of glue available. Still, a quarter cup of shampoo? We’ll never run out of that.

How to Make Slime Without Glue

Please take note: This sludge is ice cold! Your fingers will start to tingle if you hold it for too long. We recommend looking for a different slime recipe if your children are sensitive to the cold. This is both a glue-free slime recipe and a borax-free slime recipe. (Whoa, who knew that was even a possibility?)

Making Slime With Blu Tack and Hand Soap

Step 1: Spread out the four Blu Tack strips from one packet. To make Blu Tack soft and elastic, remove the backing and knead the product for four to five minutes. Your body heat will hasten the process, but you can really get down to business by pounding on the substance with your knuckles. Substitute any generic adhesive tape in place of Blu Tack if you can’t find any.

Step 2: Blu-Tack with a single pump of liquid soap. Flatten the Blu Tack in the palm of your hand and pump the soap into the center of it to keep it from leaking all over your desk.You can use shampoo, body wash, or liquid bubble bath in a pinch [10] if you don’t have any hand soap that creates bubbles.

Step 3: Mix the liquid soap and Blu Tack by kneading them together. Put on some plastic gloves before you start kneading so you don’t get your hands dirty, then work the ingredients together thoroughly with your hands.

Step 4: Blend the Blu-Tack in gradually as you add another pump of liquid soap. The more you work the mixture with your hands, the more elastic and slimy it will become. Add more soap to the Blu Tack if it is too dry to your liking. Knead in some glitter or food coloring if you like. Now is your chance to make your own unique slime!

Step 5: Put a single drop of liquid food coloring into the slime’s center and mix it with your hands until the color is uniform throughout. If you want your slime to sparkle, sprinkle some glitter over it and knead it until it’s uniformly distributed.  Keep in mind that the blue in the Blu Tack gets even bluer when you add food coloring. Add red food coloring to make purple slime, and yellow to make green slime.

Step 6: Have fun with the slime, or put it away in a sealed bag. Enjoy squishing and tearing at this slime to your heart’s content, since it is exceptionally elastic. After you’re done with it, store it in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. Even after drying off, this slime will still be elastic for another day or two, so don’t worry!

Slime Play Time

While this slime won’t leave any sticky residue, we nevertheless recommend keeping it on an oil-cloth tablecloth or thin plastic cutting board to avoid damaging your surfaces. There’s a whole box of little toys and cookie cutters and whatever set aside for playing with slime.

This slime can be stored for a week or so at room temperature without spoiling. You know it’s time to manufacture a new batch of slime when you see it separating or drying out. And if you’re in the mood for some real excitement, this slime will dissolve into a multicolored, sudsy mess in a warm bath.


In February of 1976, Mattel released a toy called “Slime,” which came packaged in a plastic trash pail. It was an innocuous goo of green or another color, thick and sticky without being poisonous. Over the years, other iterations of Slime were made available, some of which even included rubber insects, eyeballs, and worms.

Slime Monster, a board game released in the late 1970s, featured a foot-tall plastic monster with slime seeping from its mouth, and the goal of the game was to protect your game piece from being slimed.

Hordak’s Slime Pit, released in the 1980s as part of the Masters of the Universe toys, and Kenner’s Ecto-Plazm play gel, offered with select figures in the Real Ghostbusters toy line, are just two examples of other toy makers that have made their own versions of slime.

Retro-mutagen slime was marketed in containers and bundled with playsets for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure line by Playmates Toys. How now you know how to make slime without glue.