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Easy Play Doh Slime Recipe (no Borax!)

Making playdoh slime is SO fun! You can make this easy slime recipe with Play-Doh. It will keep the littles busy for hours. You’re going to love this activity!

Skills Required: None. Playdoh slime is easy enough for kids to make, so no prior crafting experience is necessary.

Easy Play Doh Slime Recipe (no Borax!)

Before we dive in, I have something very important to discuss. Something that, I believe, needs to be completely understood before undertaking this project. And that is the proper spelling of Play Doh.

I wasn’t sure whether to call this “play dough slime,” or “playdough slime” or “playdoh slime.” Or maybe even something else. Because, as we say in the south, bless your hearts. None of you are sure how to spell the magical dough we’ve been playing with since childhood!

Confession – I’m actually not sure I could’ve told you how to spell it before this recipe. I now know that “Play Doh” is the proper spelling. Not that a spelling lesson is why I’m here, but I’m glad we got it out of the way.

Why I’m here is to share with you a slime recipe! It turns out that Play Doh is a pretty great ingredient for your slime recipes, and just another ingredient you can use when you make it next.

Easy Play Doh Slime Recipe

Slime recipes are all the rage these days! Everywhere I look, Elmer’s glue is sold out because everyone is making as much slime as they possibly can. And I’ll have to admit, it’s fun.

I’m always looking for new and exciting slime recipes for my niece, and this Play Doh slime recipe is one you and the kids are going to love. For this slime recipe, you probably already have most (all?) of the ingredients on hand.

how to make slime no borax

The only thing we had to purchase was the liquid starch, and I recommend getting a big bottle anyway since many slime recipes use it. We all know this isn’t the first time you’re making slime, nor will it be the last! Learn how to make this slime recipe below.

materials to make slime

Easy Slime Recipe without Borax

Gather These Supplies:

how to make slime with lotion

In a large glass bowl, combine the glue, baby powder, baby oil, and hand lotion together until they’re combined. Mix them until they are one consistent material.

how to make slime with shaving cream

Add in as much shaving cream as there are ingredients in the bowl. You should have a 1:1 ratio of ingredients already in the bowl to shaving cream (just eyeball it). Use a fork to mix the shaving cream into the glue mixture until it’s one consistent material.

lotion slime

Add in the liquid starch one teaspoon at a time, mixing after each teaspoon, until the slime stops sticking to the side of the bowl, and starts sticking to itself. Once this happens, your slime has reached the correct consistency.

things to make with play doh

Add in a ping pong ball sized lump of Play-Doh to the mixture. Use your hands and mix it well until it’s all combined into the slime.

It will make your slime very sticky, but mix until the lumps of Play-Doh are gone. You will need to mix for a long time, but the slime is worth it, so keep mixing!

diy slime no borax

Once all the lumps of Play-Doh have disappeared, you will need to add liquid starch a teaspoon at a time back to your mixture to make it the right consistency again.

Keep mixing the liquid starch into the slime with a fork until it again stops sticking to the bowl, and starts sticking to itself. You can also add in a teaspoon of baby powder to help with the stickiness as well.

play doh slime

Once your slime has reached the right consistency again, it’s ready to be played with. Your slime can be stored in an airtight container for later play. Keep in a cool dry place for best results.

how to make playdough slime

Now that you know how to make playdough slime, your life is complete! Okay, we won’t go that far, but you have a fun activity for the littles to try when they need something to do. And of course, enjoy making this slime recipe with them!

Yield: about 1 cup

Play Doh Slime

Easy Play Doh Slime Recipe (no Borax!)

This is the coolest slime recipe ever, with no Borax! Kids are going to love making this unique slime with Play doh.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 1 4-oz bottle Elmer’s glue
  • 1 tablespoon baby powder
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil
  • 1 tablespoon hand lotion
  • Shaving cream
  • Play Doh (color of choice)
  • Liquid starch

Tools

  • Large bowl
  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the glue, baby powder, baby oil, and hand lotion together until they’re fully mixed.
  2. Add in as much shaving cream as there are ingredients in the bowl. There should be a 1:1 ratio of ingredients already in the bowl to shaving cream (eyeball it). Use a fork to mix the shaving cream into the glue mixture until it’s one consistent material.
  3. Add in the liquid starch one teaspoon at a time, mixing after each teaspoon, until the slime stops sticking to the side of the bowl, and starts sticking to itself. Once this happens, your slime has reached the correct consistency.
  4. Add in a ping pong ball sized lump of Play-Doh to the mixture. Use your hands and mix it well until it’s all combined into the slime. You'll mix for several minutes.
  5. Once all the lumps of Play-Doh have disappeared, you will need to add liquid starch a teaspoon at a time back to your mixture to make it the right consistency again.
  6. Keep mixing the liquid starch into the slime with a fork until it again stops sticking to the bowl, and starts sticking to itself. You can also add in a teaspoon of baby powder to help with the stickiness as well.
  7. Once your slime has reached the right consistency again, it’s ready to be played with. Your slime can be stored in an airtight container for later play. Keep in a cool dry place for best results.

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Brandi Shouse

Tuesday 30th of July 2019

It's terrible what if we don't have all the ingredients and our parents don't let us go to the store and buy the ingredients and we only have a few of those ingredients so what do we do.

Amy

Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Hi Brandi! Sounds like you have to talk to your parents :)