My two youngest girls, ages 7 and 9, are obsessed with slime. Actually, I think most children I know are obsessed with slime – and for good reason – it’s pretty darn cool. So we thought it would be fun to come up with an essential oil slime recipe.
We spent hours researching trying to figure out which recipes we wanted to try because we’ve tried some in the past and they haven’t all turned out very well. But the biggest problem I found with the ingredients in a lot of the recipes.
Watch this video to see how easy and fun it is to make this slim – and how super stretch it is! (Hint – it’s so easy my 7-year-old daughter made it.)
Borax is commonly used and I’ve never boughten the stuff and don’t really want to. It’s really strong and I would never use it for anything else and don’t want it in my house and don’t really want it near my children.
So a common substitution to that is liquid starch and I have no idea where to buy that, although I haven’t been down the “normal” laundry and soap aisle at a grocery store for at least 10 years, but liquid starch is really strong and stinky and I don’t want that in my house either.
So some other people use laundry detergent and I wasn’t about to waste my precious doTERRA laundry detergent on trying to make slime because I really doubt it would work since it doesn’t have nearly the same ingredients as “regular” laundry detergent.
And I’m not about ready to buy regular laundry detergent – I mean, what else would I use it for besides slime? That stuff is beyond useless on clothes. The residue it used to leave on my clothes was terrible.
Then I ran across some slime recipes using contact solution. That’s interesting. We happen to have a huge container of contacts solution we bought at Costco and my daughter never uses it cause she always forgets to put her contacts in and my husband can’t wear contacts anymore.
And now that I discovered my daughter doesn’t wear her contacts anymore, I’ll start reminding her to wear them, the point is that I will actually buy more contact solution in the future and it doesn’t smell or burn your hands or anything like that. It’s probably not the cheapest thing ever though.
And it still is a chemical and should be used with caution and an adult should always supervise the making of slime and no young children who put anything in their mouth should be near the stuff.
But it sure makes some awesome slime. My girls say it’s the best slime ever. And the coolest part is that the essential oils actually make the slime better! True story. It makes the slime less sticky and more stretchy, not to mention better smelling and healthy for you if you absorb some.
Tips and Tricks for Making This Super Stretchy Essential Oil Slime Recipe
- An easy, fun variation is to add one of the small tubes of glitter glue for instant color and glitter with less mess, or you could just use the larger glitter glue bottles instead of the white glue.
- As long as the glue has PVA in it, it should work. I’ve heard that cheap glues, like in some dollars store don’t always work. We used the Amazon Basics glue linked to in the recipe and buy a gallon at a time.
- If you add shaving cream before the contact lens solution it makes it very fluffy.
- To make it marbled, make two batches or more and mix the batches together when you are all done.
- If it has a weird consistency a few days after you make it, try adding a little lotion and just give it some time and work it a little before getting too disappointed.
- I’ve read that adding a few Tablespoons of water will make it more stretchy.
- We found when made properly, this is not sticky and will stretch across the room without breaking. It’s tons of fun. But let’s just say you leave the house to watch a play for a few hours with your younger daughters and your 13-year-old son is left alone in the house while your husband is cleaning the garage and isn’t really supervising your son making slime with his friend and this son doesn’t exactly make the slime correctly and it is extra sticky, then it can be really sticky and can totally stick on clothes. So you may want to avoid that situation. Otherwise, we tested properly made slime and it doesn’t stick to clothes.
- We store our slime in these airtight containers because they are inexpensive, not breakable and I always have lots on hand to freeze my leftover food in to reheat on those nights when I don’t feel like cooking (isn’t that every night?)
- If you can keep your children from adding 20 extra drops of essential oils (yes, seriously), dropping it in the dirt, adding 10 extra drops of food coloring, etc. it can last at least a week in an airtight container. My son likes to make slime and then barely look at it, except to brag how awesome his still looks and he can get his to last for several weeks before it’s unusable.
Super Stretchy Essential Oil Slime Recipe
This super stretchy essential oil slime recipe is fun and easy to make with glue, contact lens solution, baking soda, essential oils and food coloring. It will stretch across the room without breaking and isn’t sticky!
- Get a bowl that’s about 2 cups.
- Put the glue in the bowl.
- Sprinkle glue with baking soda.
- Mix completely with a spoon.
- Add food coloring and essential oils and mix it in completely.
- Start adding a few drops of the contact solution and mix with the spoon. Just do it a few drops at a time.
- Continue adding a few drops, mixing it thoroughly. Repeat until it starts to pull into a stringy ball.
- Put some contact solution on your hands.
- Pick up the slime and start kneading and mixing it with your hands. It will be sticky, but only through working it will you get the best, stretchy slime. Work it really well. It will change into a better slime consistency as you work it.
- If it is still sticky after a few minutes of kneading, add one or two drops of buffered saline. Continue working it in. Don’t add too much or you will start to lose the stretchy properties and it will become more prone to breaking. If you find your slime is breaking, you are adding too much saline.
- Have fun playing with it for hours!
- Store it in an airtight container
I am sure this is toxic when ingested. Make sure to supervise children while playing. In this recipe, you cannot omit any ingredients.
If you have sensitive skin, wear gloves while playing with the slime. Always wash hands before and after use. If you notice any skin irritation discontinue use immediately.
The amount of contact lens solution is a total guess and the amount you need will depend on many factors.