How to Make Slime with Just Shampoo and Toothpaste

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Slime is fun to play with. It is icky, sticky, oozy, and gooey. The most common recipe uses glue and borax, but what if you don't have any? Luckily, there are many other ways to make slime. For some of them, you don't even have to use a single drop of glue! Perhaps the most surprising recipe uses shampoo and toothpaste.

Making Basic Slime

  1. Pour a dollop of thick shampoo into a little dish. Choose a shampoo with a thick consistency. Something that's white or opaque would work even better. Place two squeezes, or about 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters), of the shampoo into a little dish.
  2. Add a small amount of toothpaste. Opaque toothpaste (white or mint colored) will work the best, but you can try the striped kind as well. Use a quarter amount of toothpaste as you did shampoo. About 1 teaspoon or so will be enough.
    • Colgate toothpaste seems to work the best, but you can try other brands too.
  3. Stir the two together with a toothpick. As you stir, the shampoo and toothpaste will come together to form a gooey substance. This will take about a minute or so.
    • If you don't have a toothpick, use something else that's small, like a popsicle stick or a little spoon.
  4. Add more shampoo or toothpaste, if needed, and continue stirring. If the slime is too hard, add some more shampoo. If the slime is too oozy, add more toothpaste. Stir the slime well for another minute or so, or until it is uniform in color and texture.
    • There really is no right or wrong way to make this slime. A large part of it is based simply on your preference.
    • Don't worry if the slime feels a little too gooey at this point. You still have to freeze it, which will help firm it up.
  5. Freeze the slime for 10 to 60 minutes. Check the slime after 10 minutes. It should feel firm, but not solid like ice. If the slime is too squishy, freeze it for another 50 minutes.
  6. Knead the slime until it softens up again. Take the slime out of the freezer. Roll, squish, and squeeze the slime between your fingers until it becomes soft and squishy again.
    • The slime won't return to the same texture that it had before you put it into the freezer.
  7. Play with the slime. This slime is very thick, almost like putty. You can squish, squeeze, and stretch it. When you are done playing with it, put it away into a small, plastic container with a lid.
    • Eventually, the slime will dry out, so throw it away when it starts to get hard.

Making Monster Snot

  1. Squeeze some 2-in-1 shampoo into a dish. This type of shampoo is thicker and slimier than others, making it a perfect base for monster snot. You will need 1 to 2 squeezes of the shampoo.
    • A popular brand that seems to work especially well is Sauve Kids, but you can try others too.
  2. Squeeze out some opaque toothpaste. Use half the amount of toothpaste as you did shampoo. If you want your monster snot to be more slimy, use even less toothpaste.
    • You can use any type of toothpaste you want, but the one by Colegate seems to work the best.
  3. Stir everything together with a toothpick. You can also use a popsicle stick or even a small spoon. Keep stirring until the shampoo and toothpaste come together to form a snotty, sticky slime. This will take about a minute or so.
    • Change directions often. Stir one way a few times, then the other way.
  4. Adjust the consistency, if needed. If the monster snot is too slimy for you, add some more toothpaste. If the snot is not slimy enough, add more shampoo. Remember to stir the snot well after whatever you decide to add to it—about a minute or so will do.
    • Start with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and a grape-sized amount of shampoo.
  5. Play with the slime. This slime is the kind that clumps together. It is icky and sticky, and totally gross—just like monster snot would be. When you are done playing with it, put it into a small, plastic jar with a tight-fitting lid.
    • Eventually, the slime will harden. When that happens, throw it out and make a new batch.

Making Salt Slime

  1. Squeeze out some shampoo into a little dish. About 1 to 2 quick squeezes will be enough for now. You can use just about any type of shampoo you want, but a thick, white shampoo seems to work the best for most people.
    • If you are using white shampoo and want colored slime, stir in 1 or 2 drops of food coloring.
  2. Add some toothpaste. Use about a third of the amount of toothpaste as you did shampoo. You can use any type of toothpaste you want. Opaque toothpaste seems to be the most popular for slime, but the gel kind works well for this project.
    • Don't stress too much about the amount. Remember, you can always add more of a certain ingredient to get the consistency you want.
  3. Mix the slime until it's combined. You can do this with a toothpick, a popsicle stick, or a little spoon. Keep mixing until the color and texture are even. Don't worry if it doesn't look like slime yet.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and stir again. Keep stirring until the shampoo, toothpaste, and salt come together into a slime. This will take about a minute or so. Your mixture may start to look more slime-like by now.
    • Salt is the magic ingredient that turns the shampoo and toothpaste into slime. Use plain table salt, if you can. Chunky rock salt won't mix in very well.
  5. Adjust the consistency as you continue to stir. Keep adding a little bit of shampoo, toothpaste, and salt while stirring the slime. It is ready when it starts to pull away from the sides of the container.
    • There is no exact science when it comes to making slime, and a huge part of the process is tweaking the ingredients until you get the texture you like.
  6. Play with the slime. This slime is thick and somewhat fluffy. If you can squish it, knead it, and stretch it. When you don't want to play with it anymore, put it into a little, plastic container with a lid.
    • The slime will eventually dry out, so when that happens, just toss it out and make a new batch.

Tips

  • Add conditioner or lotion if it sticks to your hands.
  • If you try the salt slime, it's going to smell really bad. Try adding hand sanitizer.
  • Don't add too much salt, it may ruin your slime.
  • Lots of people seem to have the most success with Colgate toothpaste and Dove shampoo.
  • The more you play with it , the less sticky the slime will become.
  • If your slime is wet, put it in the freezer for 10 - 15 minutes or more.
  • If your toothpaste is colored, use white or clear shampoo, to adjust the colour.
  • Take flour, then mix it with shampoo and a small portion of toothpaste. Make sure the shampoo and the toothpaste are in larger quantities than the flour. Add color mix if you want the slime to be more colorful.
  • Don't leave it in the freezer for too long.
  • How long the slime lasts depends on what it's made out of and how much you play with it. Some types of toothpaste and shampoo will dry out faster than others.
  • If you try to freeze your slime for 60 minutes and it doesn't turn into proper slime, leave it in the freezer ten minutes at a time.
  • If your slime is sticky, add 1 tablespoon of corn starch/flour and mix. Keep adding until you reach the desired texture.
  • For shimmery slime, try the gel kind of toothpaste; it usually has sparkles in it. You can also stir extra-fine glitter into the shampoo.
  • Experiment! Switch out the shampoo for lotion, liquid soap, or conditioner. Try sugar instead of salt. See what happens.
  • If your slime didn't turn out, try using a different brand of shampoo and toothpaste.

Warnings

  • Slime does not last forever, even if kept in an airtight container. It will eventually dry out.

Things You'll Need

Basic Slime

  • Small dish
  • Thick shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothpick
  • Freezer
  • Small, lidded container

Monster Snot

  • Small dish
  • 2-in-1 shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothpick
  • Small, lidded container

Salt Slime

  • Small dish
  • Thick shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Salt
  • Toothpick
  • Small, lidded container
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