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.