At Elmer’s, we love slime and have gotten ourselves in a few gooey situations. Below are some useful Q&A's
Is Elmer’s safe to use and non-toxic? How?
- Elmer’s School Glue is certified by the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) as non-toxic and child-friendly. Under this evaluation Elmer’s School Glue has been evaluated by a board certified toxicologist and has been determined to not cause acute or chronic health problems when used as intended. Furthermore, it is in compliance with all applicable U.S. Federal and state laws.
A common ingredient in a lot of slime recipes is Borax, which can be toxic. Are the Elmer’s slime recipes toxic?
- Elmer’s has developed new slime recipes which are safe to make at home and include commonly used household ingredients such as baking soda and contact lens solution. Containing only trace amounts of boric acid, contact lens solution can be purchased over the counter and is regulated by the FDA. Baking soda is a common safe food ingredient.
How should slime be used to maintain its safety?
- Slime should only be made under adult supervision and not by children under the age of 3. Slime should never be ingested, should be discarded if it starts to change color or odor, and consumers should always thoroughly wash their hands before and after playing with slime.
Are all of the ingredients in Elmer’s slime recipes non-toxic?
- The ingredients in the Elmer’s slime recipes posted online at Elmer’s.com/slime are commonly used household ingredients such as baking soda and contact lens solution. Containing only trace amounts of boric acid, contact lens solution can be purchased over the counter and is regulated by the FDA. Baking soda is a common ingredient in food recipes.
My slime is too sticky, can I make it less sticky/messy?
- Yes! Just add more contact solution and knead until the desired consistency.
How do I know when I can take it out of the bowl and start to knead?
- One tip is to touch the slime with your finger and see if it leaves a residue on your finger. If it doesn’t, you’re ready to take it out and knead! Also, if you feel like the mixing is getting very difficult, take it out and knead.
Can I use any kind of contact solution and baking soda?
- While most contact solutions have similar active ingredients, there are some that have different formulas which may not be as good at making slime as others. In such cases you may need to switch the brand of contact solution for the best results
- Any brand of baking soda will create slime.
My slime isn’t not forming. What could be the reason?
- First check if the baking soda has expired. If it has not, check if the contact solution has some sort of borate or boric acid in the solution.
Do all contact solutions work to make slime?
- No, only contact solutions containing borate or boric acid will create slime.
How do I keep my slime fresh and ready to play with next time?
- Storing slime in a container or re-sealable plastic bag will help prolong keep slime fresh and should be discarded if it starts to change color or odor. You should always thoroughly wash your hands before and after playing with slime.
Is there any way to revive old, hardened slime?
- Try adding water and kneading with your hands. If this doesn’t work, you will have to make a new slime.
Can slime be used on furniture or walls?
- No, slime should never be put on any furniture or walls.
How can I wash off slime residue leftover on various surfaces?
- On solid surfaces such as table tops and plastics toys, use a wet rag to clean any slime residue.
Does slime come off of clothes?
-Yes, one wash in the washing machine will get the slime made with Elmer’s recipes off of clothes.
-If food dye has been used, refer to the food dye manufacturer for removal instructions from clothing.
Which glues can I make slime with?
-Elmer’s school glues are great for making slime except for the Elmer’s Naturals and Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glues.
Can I use Glue Sticks to make slime?
-Most glue sticks do not make slime since they are a different type of glue than liquid glues.
What is Elmer's Magical Liquid?
-Magical Liquid is Elmer’s all-in-one formulation that replaces the need to use baking soda and contact solution when making slime with Elmer’s glue. Simply add this formula into your glue slowly, mix thoroughly and watch your glue transform into slime!
Does Elmer's Magical Liquid contain borax?
-No, but it does contain traces of boric acid needed to turn Elmer's glue into slime. Like all of Elmer's school glues, it is nontoxic and kid-friendly.
Is Elmer's Magical Liquid safe to use and nontoxic?
-Yes! Similar to our school glues, Elmer's Magical Liquid is certified by the Arts & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) as nontoxic and child-friendly. Under this evaluation, Elmer's School Glue has been evaluated by a board certified toxicologist and has been determined to not cause acute or chronic health problems when used as intended. Furthermore, it is in compliance with all applicable U.S. Federal and state laws.
What is the best way to make slime with Elmer's Magical Liquid?
-Try adding Elmer's Magical Liquid a little at a time and making sure to mix in between pours. You want the Magical Liquid solution to fully blend into the glue in order for slime to form. Once all the liquid has been added, make sure to use both hands to thoroughly knead the slime until you reach the consistency desired.
I've poured the amount of Elmer's Magical Liquid that the slime recipe called for but my slime isn't forming! What do I do?
-Make sure that the Elmer's Magical Liquid Solution is fully blended and well incorporated into the glue. Once both liquids are mixed into one, take the slime out and knead with both hands. It may take some time to pull, stretch, and knead before slime reaches your desired consistency.