Learn how to make slime at home (and how to get slime off of clothes after!)

Don't let slime cause a sticky mess! Discover how to make slime with the kids and remove it from clothes afterwards with our tips.

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Learn how to make slime at home (and how to get slime off of clothes after!)

Slime has taken over the world. Whether it’s watching online videos of the stuff, buying it ready-made or having a go at how to make slime, it’s everywhere these days. But, as fun as slime can be, getting it on your favourite outfit is no fun at all. We've got everything you need to know when it comes to DIY slime; from how to make slime at home to how to remove slime from clothes.

In case of accidents, keep a good quality laundry detergent like OMO close at hand when making slime.

How to make homemade slime

This is a great activity for a rainy afternoon or for little ones who like to do something tactile. Follow this easy recipe of how to make slime for kids using only things you’re likely to already have at home.

What you’ll need:

  • 300ml PVA glue (this is the normal kind of glue used for lots of craft activities, find it in children’s shops or craft stores).
  • 1.5 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.
  • 3 teaspoons of contact lens cleaning solution.

For an optional twist, add a dab of gel food colouring to give your slime a bright look or use 1 teaspoon of glitter to make it sparkle.

Method:

  1. Add the glue and bicarbonate of soda to a large bowl and give it a good stir. 
  2. Add the food colouring (if using) and mix again. 
  3. Add the contact lens solution and mix until it starts to look like slime. You want it to come off the side of the bowl without leaving any residue and be easily stretched out. 
  4. Knead your slime, adding the glitter (if using), until it is pliable. Use the same technique you'd use with kneading bread dough.
  5. Let playtime begin!

How to get slime out of clothes

So, you and the kids have made some slime and had good fun playing with it, but what about the stains it has left behind?

Learning how to remove slime from fabric is just as important as learning how to make slime if you don't want your fun to be cut short. Try these steps to tackling any slimy messes:

  1. Remove as much of the slime from the fabric with a spoon. Work carefully to avoid damage to the fabric.
  2. Rinse the stain under cold water.
  3. Pre-treat with a good quality laundry detergent, such as OMO. Apply a dab of liquid detergent directly to the fabric or mix a little laundry powder with water to make your own paste.
  4. Rinse off the pre-treatment and put the item in your regular wash.
  5. If the stain occurred on white fabric then bleach can be an effective stain remover. Patch test first to avoid damage, keep bleach away from children, and do not mix it with any other cleaners.

Now you know what to do to clean slime from clothes or other fabrics, and how to make it in the first place, you and your family can enjoy more fun activities and fewer messes as a result!

  • Mix the ingredients together until they form the right texture.
  • Add food colour or glitter to make your slime more interesting.
  • Scrape any slime off fabrics carefully with a spoon.
  • Use detergent as a pre-treatment to slime stains before washing clothes as normal.
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