How to Make Glow in the Dark Slime

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Almost everyone, whatever their age, can enjoy playing with slime, especially if it glows in the dark. And making your own slime takes the experience to a whole new level. There are several different ways to make slime, and you can experiment with using different ingredients and different ingredient amounts to produce varying textures, colors, and consistencies.

Making Borax or Liquid Starch Slime

  1. Pour the hot water into a medium-sized bowl. The water doesn’t need to be boiling hot, but it should be warm to the touch.
  2. Add the clear glue. You can also use white glue, but the color of the slime won’t be as vivid.
    • Choose non-toxic glue, particularly if children will be handling the slime.
  3. Add the glow-in-the-dark paint and stir to combine. You can find glow-in-the-dark paint in most craft stores or in the crafting section of major stores.
    • You can also use highlighter ink as an alternative to the paint. Just pry off the bottom of the highlighter and drop the ink filament into the bowl of hot water and borax. With a gloved hand, squeeze the filament to extract the ink.
    • Note that if using highlighter ink, it may only glow under a blacklight.
  4. Add the borax (available in most laundry aisles) to the separate bowl of hot water. Stir to combine.
    • As an alternative to the borax and water, you can simply add 1/2 cup liquid starch, also available in the laundry aisle.
  5. Mix in the borax solution. Gradually add the borax solution into the paint solution, 2 tablespoons at a time, stirring continuously, until desired consistency is achieved.
  6. Store in a zipper bag or an airtight container. If you don’t store the slime properly, it will begin to dry out.
    • Leaving the slime in an open container just overnight, though, can help the consistency become more rubbery if so desired.
  7. Finished! Enjoy your glow-in-the-dark slime!

Making Cornstarch Slime

  1. Pour the cornstarch into a medium-sized bowl. You can also use less cornstarch to produce a more watery slime.
    • Because you’re using cornstarch rather than borax or liquid starch, this slime is a safe alternative for small children.
  2. Add the water to the bowl of cornstarch. Stir with a spoon or with hands to combine.
  3. Add the craft paint. Continue stirring until the desired consistency is achieved. Glow-in-the-dark craft paint is available at most craft stores as well as in the crafting section of many major stores.
    • As an alternative to glow-in-the-dark paint, you can instead use the ink from a highlighter to color your slime. Pry off the bottom of a highlighter and drop the ink filament that’s inside the highlighter tube into the bowl of water and cornstarch. With a gloved hand, squeeze the filament to extract the ink.
    • Note that if using highlighter ink, it may only glow under a blacklight.
    • You can also add drops of food coloring to change the hue of the slime, just remember that the food coloring may make the slime glow a little less.
  4. Finished! Enjoy your glow-in-the-dark slime!

Making Epsom Salt Slime

  1. Combine the water and Epsom salt in a medium bowl. Stir until most of the Epsom salt has dissolved into the water.
  2. Add the liquid glue and stir to combine. Clear glue will result in a brighter color of slime than will white glue.
    • Remember to choose non-toxic glue if small children will be involved.
  3. Add the craft paint. Stir the mixture to combine and continue stirring until the desired consistency is achieved.
    • Highlighter ink can be an alternative to craft paint. Simply pull the bottom off a highlighter and drop the ink filament into the slime mixture. Using gloves, squeeze the ink filament to get the ink out.
    • Be aware, though, that highlighter ink may only glow under a blacklight.
  4. Finished! Enjoy your glow-in-the-dark slime!

Ingredients

Borax or Liquid Starch Slime

  • 1 cup of hot water (but not boiling)
  • 4 ounces of clear liquid non-toxic glue
  • 3 tablespoons of glow-in-the-dark craft paint
  • 1/3 cup of hot water in a small separate bowl
  • 2 teaspoons of borax or liquid starch

Cornstarch Slime

  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of glow-in-the-dark craft paint

Epsom Salt Slime

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of liquid glue
  • 2-3 tablespoons of glow-in-the-dark craft paint

Fluffy Slime

  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 4 Oz of clear liquid non-toxic glue
  • 3 tablespoons of glow-in-the-dark craft paint
  • 1 cup of shaving cream
  • 2 teaspoons of borax or liquid starch OR contact lens solution

Tips

  • Slime can also make great party favors for a child’s party or serve as a fun Halloween gift.
  • For brighter slime, add several drops of food coloring. Note that using food coloring can make the slime lose some of its glow, though.
  • If the glow of the slime fades away, just let it stand in a bright room for 15 minutes or more.
  • To get rid of slime, simply put it in a zipper bag and throw it away.
  • You can turn making slime into a science experiment to teach your kids about different chemical interactions. To learn more about the interactions in slime, go here.
  • Try using the slime for creative, glowing art projects. There are a number of great ideas for inspiration online; try this list of ideas from Buzzfeed.
  • Slime will typically stay fresh for about two weeks. After that, it may begin to smell or lose consistency.

Warnings

  • Keep slime away from furniture or rugs.
  • Borax is a soap product and can be toxic, so use with care if creating slime with small children.

Things You’ll Need

  • Medium bowl
  • Bottle of clear liquid non-toxic glue
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint or highlighter ink
  • Borax, liquid starch, cornstarch, or Epsom salt
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Latex gloves (optional)
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