18+ Slime Recipes

Recipe Roundup: From the Creepy to the Gross to the Edible

There's more than one way to make slime. Actually, there are lots of different recipes. Here are some of the best recipes for different types of slime, from normal slimy slime to eerie glow-in-the-dark slime. Some you can eat, some look like snot, toxic waste, or ghoulish dripping blood. Because these recipes don't take a lot of time, (though a few require a trip to the hardware store and not just the kitchen cupboard) you won't want to stop at just one. Throwdown some plastic and get ready for a slime fest!

Classic Slime

Kids love to play with slime.
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This is the classic slime recipe. It's very simple to make this slime, plus you can make it any color you want.

Magnetic Slime

Magnetic slime
Magnetic slime is a viscous ferrofluid that reacts to a magnetic field. virtualphoto / Getty Images

Magnetic slime is a black slime that reacts to a magnetic field. It's easy to make and can be used to make interesting shapes. You'll get the best effect with a thin slime and a strong magnet, such as a rare earth magnet or electromagnet.

Radioactive-Looking Slime

A bright green slime is manipulated in a kitchen bowl.

Anne Helmenstine

This slime sort of resembles toxic waste, yet it is actually easy to make and safe. The best part is, it requires only a couple of easy-to-find ingredients.

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

A woman stretches glowing slime.

Anne Helmenstine

What is better than regular slime? The slime that glows in the dark, of course! This is an easy and fun project that is suitable for kids.

Thermochromic Color-Change Slime

Thermochromic image of a hand
A thermochromic image of a hand shows how body heat is translated into color. Science Photo Library / Getty Images

Make slime that acts like a mood ring, changing color in response to temperature. Put the slime in the refrigerator, and then watch it change color as you play with it. Experiment with cool-drink containers and hot coffee cups. You can add food coloring to expand the colors, too.


Colorful polystyrene beads are the main ingredient in foam slimes.
Polystyrene beads are the main ingredient in this fun experiment. HAKINMHAN / Getty Images

Floam is a moldable type of slime that contains polystyrene (plastic foam) beads in it. You can shape it around objects and sculpt with it.

Edible Blood Slime (It Glows!)

Red edible slime
This edible slime looks like blood and glows blue-white under a black light. Anne Helmenstine

Do you need to eat your slime or at least get it near your mouth? Here's a slime that looks like dripping blood, until you shine a black light on it. Then it looks like glowing alien goo.

Glitter Slime

Bright pink slime with glitter.

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You only need three ingredients to make sparkly glitter slime. It's a funny and fanciful variation of one of the classic slime recipes and takes just minutes to make.


Orange slime drips in a person's hand.
Anne Helmenstine

Flubber is a non-sticky, rubbery sort of slime. This nontoxic slime is made from fiber and water.

Ectoplasm Slime

Green ectoplasm slime drips in a person's hand.
Anne Helmenstine

You can make this non-sticky, edible slime from two easy-to-find ingredients. It can be used as ectoplasm for costumes, haunted houses, and Halloween parties.

Electroactive Slime

A child plays with chalky pink slime.
Electroactive slime responds to static electricity. Howard Shooter / Getty Images

This slime seems to have a life of its own! If you use wool or fur to charge up a piece of polystyrene foam and move it toward flowing slime, the slime will stop flowing and will appear to gel.

Soap Slime

Blue slime drips towards a skin drain
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This form of slime uses soap as its base. Soap slime is good, clean fun. You can even play with it in the bathtub.

Edible Slime

Edible Slime
Slime can be edible, so it's safe to play with and also eat. Anne Helmenstine

Most slime recipes are nontoxic, but there are only a few you can actually eat and none that taste as good as this candy one! Here are additional edible slime recipes, including a chocolate version.

Gunk or Goo

This non-toxic goo hardens like a solid when you squeeze it but flows like a liquid when you pour it. PamelaJoeMcFarlane / Getty Images

This is an interesting nontoxic slime that has properties of both a liquid and a solid. It flows like a liquid, but it hardens when you squeeze it. This slime is easy to make.

Fake Snot

This slime looks like mucous or snot. Digni / Getty Images

Yes, slime snot is gross but not as bad as playing with the real thing, right? Here's a translucent type of slime that you can leave clear or can color greenish-yellow if you prefer. Fun!

Silly Putty

Silly Putty
Silly Putty can flow like a liquid. Glitch010101, Creative Commons

Actually, Silly Putty is a patented invention, so you can't make the real deal, but you can make Silly Putty simulants.

Oobleck Slime

Oobleck slime
Oobleck is a slime that changes properties depending on pressure. Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

This nontoxic slime recipe uses starch and glue. The non-sticky goo flows like a liquid yet hardens when you squeeze it.

Borax-Free Slime

Slime on face
Avoid borax if there is a chance slime could get in your eyes or mouth. RubberBall Productions / Getty Images

Borax is used to form the cross-links in many types of slime, but it can irritate skin and isn't something you want young kids to eat. Fortunately, there are several recipes for the slime that don't include borax as an ingredient. Not that you're planning on holding a slime taste-test, but these recipes are safe enough to eat!

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