How To Make "Clean" Play Slime

How To Make "Clean" Play Slime

Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 23, 2010

We have yet to meet a child who isn't into slime. Icky, sticky and awesome is where fun is had and this version keeps kids and surfaces both, clean along the way. It only takes pennies to create and is liquid one moment and solid as a rock another! Did we mention it can also clean your bathtub? Take that Play-Doh!

What You Need

1 1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Tap Water
Food Coloring (optional)
Liquid Extracts (optional)
Empty Container


1. Mix: Add cornstarch and water to container of choice. Empty food containers (yogurt, sour cream, food storage containers) work great. Stir super-gently with a fork, the mixture will come together, but if you stir too quickly, the cornstarch will make things difficult (think quick-sand) and the water won't fully absorb. Mixture should be firm when mixed quickly with a fork and will crumble, while liquid when a finger is pushed slowly to the surface.

2. Stir In Additives: If you'd like, you may add in a few drops of food coloring or baking extracts to make things a little more colorful and smelly. (they may also be added to the water before mixing, but truth be told, we always forget)

3. Ready, Set, Play!: "Clean Slime" is a great outdoor or bathtub activity. If less is made (or smaller portions are used... think Dixie cup size), it's easily played with on any sealed piece of furniture. The mixture simply wipes up when finished. Our favorite place to turn kids loose with it, however, is the bathroom. Plunk a kid down in an empty bathtub and let them go to town hitting, slapping and picking up the slime to watch it melt between their fingers and return to liquid. When finished, simply rinse off!

4. Store: This mixture keeps in an airtight container forever. If it dries out, simply add a little extra water and stir to combine.

Additional Notes
This mixture can be "eyeballed" in any amount. If you'd like to only make a super small amount, simply add a few tablespoons of cornstarch and add water a few drops at a time! If it's too wet, add more cornstarch, too dry, add more water — it's as easy as that! Thinner mixtures can also be used as liquid sidewalk chalk paint!

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