Using Contact Lens Solution (of course)
September 1, 2018
As you may know, my wife Afton and I have two little boys, almost 6 and just over 2 years old. You know the saying, boys will be boys, well ours are no exception. Therefore, when slime started showing up on TV and especially at friends houses and even in school for show and tell, we had to get on board.
We have tried a few recipes using powdered borax and other ingredients but honestly have had very poor results. So, when I heard that you could make slime using contact lens solution, due to my profession, naturally I had to give it a try.
I looked up recipes online and the one listed below seems to work very well for us. The recipe originally was found on https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/how-to-make-slime-with-contact-solution/ I don’t claim to have originated any of the ideas of slime making, but I will share some tips we have figured out now that we’re about 6 batches into the process.
I won’t get into any of the technical stuff about how contact lens solution helps turn Elmer’s Glue into slime, lets just get to it.
- A mixing bowl, a spoon for stirring, measuring cups (1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon), a plastic mat or counter space to knead the mixture together
- A bottle of Elmer’s Glue 6 oz (preferably multiple bottles and in fun colors – think glitter and glow in the dark)
- Pro tip: Go for the brand name, not sure why, but store brands don’t seem to work as well
- Baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
- Contact lens solution (1 1/2 tablespoons) – make sure it contains boric acid and sodium borate
- Renu multi-purpose solution, BioTrue multi-purpose solution both qualify
- Do NOT use Clear Care
- 2 tablespoons of water – if you want stretchier slime (optional)
- Extra glitter (optional)
- Get a bowl to mix your slime ingredients in.
- Pour your entire 6 oz Elmer’s Glitter glue into the bowl. (add extra glitter here if desired)
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix in thoroughly with a spoon.
- Also add 2 tablespoons of water here if you want a stretchier slime. (More water = more stretchy)
4. Slowly add in your contact lens solution.
- Add it in slowly and mix as you go to ensure you do not add too much.
- Knead and mix thoroughly before adding more.
- If you add too much your slime will get too hard
- You may not need the full amount, so take this step slowly.
5. Mix until your slime forms and begins to harden.
- The slime will be quite sticky at first, but keep working it around with your hands (adults should probably do this part still). Eventually, it will stop sticking to your hands and be almost like play dough, but slimier.
6. Now, go play! We found that a lot of our play dough utensils and molds worked with the slime as well as just stretching it out, so get creative!
7. When you’re done playing with the slime, store in an air tight container to play with it again later or discard in the trash if done.
Slime Safety & Precautions
- Adults should handle any chemicals and products
- Adults should make the slime
- Always read and follow the labels of products used. If contact lens solution is accidentally ingested, seek medical attention immediately.
- Slime should not be placed in the mouth. Always wash hands before and after playing with the slime.
- Slime is a science experiment and should be made and played with in moderation. Do not allow children to make their own slime and do not play with slime for an extended period of time.
- If you notice any skin irritation, discontinue use immediately.