Learn how to make slime without glue or borax. I keep thinking the slime craze will end soon but it seems to keep on going! Luckily, this is an easy, cheap craft you can make with your kids and provides hours of fun.

In fact, many recipes only take a couple of ingredients that you probably already have at home. There are so many variations to try using cornstarch, shampoo and toothpaste, even gummy bears! For more gooey fun, try this Newtonian fluid called oobleck, or create your own moonsand.

How to Make Slime Without Glue

how to make slime without glue

Two-Ingredient Slime Recipe Without Glue

This is a super simple, glue-free slime recipe! You only need two ingredients. We don’t use shaving cream or baking soda like traditional slime recipes. Make slime with shampoo, salt and these supplies. You’ll see there is no borax, no cornstarch, no contact solution or even liquid starch.

  • salt
  • 3-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner/Body wash (the thicker the better)
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • freezer

How to Make Slime With Shampoo

First, measure about 1/4 cup 3-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash into a bowl.  Next, add in 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir well.

You will see it forming into a ball. Just put it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Then remove from the freezer—and begin playing!

slime without glue

Slime Without Glue Tips

  • It looks “gross,” but this slime smells amazing!
  • It does start to disintegrate a bit when you are playing with it. But it would be super fun bath-time slime. As it breaks down, it makes a bubble bath instead of a mess.
  • If the slime is too sticky, add a few more grains of salt. It doesn’t take much.
  • If your hands are really hot, this slime tends to melt quickly.
  • No need for food coloring, since the shampoo gives it a nice color.

This is not a stretchy or fluffy slime. It is more of a bouncy, jiggly slime.  Check out the slime video to see the consistency of the slime without glue.

Edible Slime

How about a DIY slime without glue that is edible and yummy? The best part of this recipe is that it uses gummy bears! Delish!

To make this slime, just empty one package of gummy bears into a microwave safe mixing bowl. We found glass is the easiest to clean up. Melt gummy bears for about 10-15 seconds until they lose their shape.

Next, stir in 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and mix well.  Stir and knead in powdered sugar and cornstarch in equal amounts, until it forms a slimy consistency.

The more you add, the less sticky the slime will be—but also the more you add, the thicker and less stretchy it will be. Try adding in a tiny bit of oil (about 1 teaspoon) for a super stretchy slime. This is for sure a type of slime your kids will love.

More DIY Slimes!

We are all about how to make slime at our house. Here are some of our faves.

How to make slime! All the tips and tricks to make borax-free, safe slime using school glue and liquid starch.

how to make gak (borax free)

Glow in the dark slime!  This one is super fun to play with in a dark room. This is a perfect activity for a sleepover or Halloween party!


Butter Slime! Adding just a bit of modeling clay makes this super stretchy slime holds its shape. Use yellow clay and it looks just like butter!

easy three ingredient butter slime

Borax Free Fluffy Slime Recipe! This is probably the recipe we go back to most often. The girls find this one so satisfying.

kids playing with slime

Clear Slime! This one takes a few days for the bubbles to settle down and become clear. Too cool!

clear slime

You might also like this magnetic slime. How wild is that?!


Don’t forget to check out the oobleck I mentioned above.  You mix about a cup of cornstarch with a 1/2 cup of water and mix. Trust me, this concoction is beyond entertaining. Be sure to check out how to make oobleck. I have a fun little video to show you what it is about.

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  1. Sydnee, don’t forget to put it in the freezer this is an important step. Also, run your hands under cold water before playing with it. The heat from your hands tends to melt this slime. It is a great slime to play in the bathtub or shower since it does disintegrate as you play with it it.

  2. The slime never works i did it and it turned out to a wast my shampoo and salt

  3. making slime is amazing we have been selling slime at school and we have made over 100$ dollars in slime it is s fun I like the recipes are awesome I have been looking at recipes everyday and trying to find a lot of recipes and slime thanks so much love:javiana lyle

  4. It absolutely works! Because every time I use toothpaste, it seems to act up or not work and than you have to want more times.

  5. We love your recipes on how to make oobleck, slime, and more! We even created our own slime channel called: SlimeMagical!!!

  6. My kids can play with this stuff all day! They’re going to love the edible gummy bear slime!

  7. We will definitely be trying this! I didn’t even know this was possible. Thanks for sharing!

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