How To Make Slime Stretchy (5 Easy Tips)
Slime is amusing to make and provide hours of amusement for the kids. However, the best slime has the type of soft, stretchy consistency that makes it fun.
Find out how to make slime stretchy, why your slime might break, and how to rescue slime that’s lost its “oomph.”
It is the combination of an activator and a polymer that makes slime stretchy. Common activators include eye drops, saline solution and baking soda, liquid laundry detergent, and borax.
Table of Contents
- What Ingredient Makes Slime Stretchy?
- How To Make Slime Stretchy
- FAQs On How To Make Slime Stretchy
- Experimentation Is Key
What Ingredient Makes Slime Stretchy?
Standard slime is a non-Newtonian fluid that consists of two elements. One is called a polymer and another is called an activator (1).
Think of a polymer as strings of identical beads floating in a liquid. These strings of beads slide over each other and this allows the substance to flow. Glue is the most frequently used polymer in slime making.
Think of the activator as links that connect different strings of beads to each other. Once you introduce an activator to your polymer, the strings of beads can still flow. But, because they are linked to each other, they flow less freely (2).
If you hold the substance loosely, the strings of beads will slowly flow, like thick water, to the lowest point they can find. However, you can pick the slime up in one lump because the individual strings of beads are tangled and connected enough to hold together.
Now you have slime, a substance fluid enough to flow, but solid enough to pick up and hold.
With glue being the most common polymer when making slime, let’s look at activators. Common activators include:
- Saline solution and baking soda.
- Eye drops/eyewash.
- Liquid laundry detergent.
It is the combination of an activator and a polymer that is responsible for making slime stretchy.
Some slimes are made without borax or without even an activator. These alternatives may not behave like standard slime, but you can still play with them in much the same way.
Alternative slimes are created without an activator. They include:
- Shampoo and cornstarch slime.
- Shaving cream, glue, and baking soda slime.
- Powdered fiber slime.
- Glue and cornstarch slime.
How To Make Slime Stretchy
Here are our top tips for making stretchy slime so you can look like a hero to your child.
- Add your activator slowly: You can quickly move from sticky to overly-firm break apart slime if you add all of your activator at once. It is much more difficult to fix over activated slime.
- Use white glue: A standard white PVA glue such as Elmers, or a similar school type craft glue, gives you the best results. Clear glue doesn’t have the same chemical structure as its PVA relative.
- Take your time: It can take several minutes for the activator to work. For this reason, it is important to give your slime time to develop its stretch before playing with the ingredients.
- Add dish soap to your slime and knead it in thoroughly: This works best with budget dish soap and not the concentrated kind.
- Add water or lotion: If your slime is overactivated, one of these two ingredients can help. Add it slowly, a little at a time. Rework your slime until you determine if you need more.
This final tip is not about how to make slime soft and stretchy. Instead, it is about preventing your currently soft and stretchy slime from losing its lovely consistency.
- Protect it: Be sure to put your slime in an air-tight container when you are finished with it. This will prevent the slime from drying out and losing its stretch.
FAQs On How To Make Slime Stretchy
There are some questions that crop up often when it comes to slime. These common questions may help your novice slime creator get their formula perfected.
Why Did My Slime Break Apart?
Slime breaks apart when there is too much activator in the mix. The “strings of beads” in the slime are held together too tightly so they can no longer slide over each and flow. Instead, they stay locked together and the slime breaks apart.
How Do You Fix Slime That Breaks Apart?
The easiest way to fix slime that breaks apart is to add more water or more glue. However, there may be times when you do not have any additional glue on hand or when water doesn’t do the trick.
Luckily, there are two other main ways to fix slime that breaks apart. You can use heat or lotion.
By heating the slime, you may be able to break some of the links made by the activator, making it flow again.
To use this method, either:
- Immerse the slime in warm water and leave it to soak. Once the water is cool, knead and stretch the slime in the water. Try doing this several times in a row and the slime may become stretchy again.
- Heat the slime in a microwave-proof bowl for 90 seconds. When the slime is cool enough to touch, knead and stretch it. Again, you may have to repeat this process several times.
If you want to use lotion, here is how you’ll do it.
In a bowl, add a teaspoon of hand lotion to your slime. Use your hands to massage the lotion into the slime. Gradually add more lotion until you reach the desired consistency.
Why Is My Slime Sticky?
Sticky slime is the result of there not being enough strings of polymer linked tightly together. This can happen because there is not enough activator in the mix, or because it has not had time to take effect.
The first thing to do if your slime is sticky is to knead it more. This can give the activator more time to take effect, making your slime less sticky and more slime-like.
If this doesn’t work, and you are confident you have left it long enough, you can add more activators. However, be careful to add a tiny amount at a time, thoroughly mixing it and allowing it to work. Otherwise, you’ll end up with hard slime that breaks.
Why Does My Slime Get Hard After Playing With It?
Sometimes slime becomes hard after playing with it because it has become too dry. To fix this, knead in a little water or hand lotion.
Why Is My Homemade Slime So Rubbery?
Like hard slime, homemade slime that is rubbery has too much activator, preventing it from flowing. The solution is the same as the one above for hard slime.
What Does Baking Soda Do To Slime?
When mixed with contact lens solution, baking soda acts as an activator, causing the slime to firm up. If you use too much, your slime will become hard.
What Can Deactivate Slime?
If you want to deactivate your slime, work some lemon juice into it. This will not only make your slime softer again, it will maintain its current level of stickiness.
How Do You Make Slime Stretchy Without Lotion?
Slime can be made stretchy again by heating and kneading it, sometimes repeatedly.
Alternatively, you can try using hand sanitizer, clear hair gel, foaming hand soap, shampoo, or liquid gelatine.
Experimentation Is Key
If you gave ten kids the same ingredients, and they all followed the exact same directions, you would still end up with ten slightly different slimes. This can be part of the fun, as no two batches are identical.
However, this also means that making your slime stretchy doesn’t have a single strictly defined solution. Instead, it involves a process of trial and error. If you make this part of the fun, even fixing your slime can become entertaining.
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About the Author
Patricia Barnes is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.
How To Make Slime Stretchy Again (+video)- Fun with Mama
Stretchy slime is the goal all slime making little scientists have. The more it stretches, the softer it is, and the more popping sounds it makes, the better your slime concoction turned out. Sometimes though with time the slime dries out or we get the Slime Recipe wrong when trying to make slime less sticky, but don’t stress. You can learn how to make slime stretchy to bring back its luster, stretch, and fun.
Not sure how to make slime? Then check out my post on how to make slime without borax.
How to make slime stretchy again
Just add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and we have a gorgeous and fun to play with substance called Slime. If you haven’t already made slime yet, check out my post on How To Make Slime. (If you don’t have glue, don’t worry, you can learn How To Make Slime Without Glue too!)
My kid’s make slime all the time, it’s their favorite daily pass time. Apparently, it’s good for their mental health!
After spending all that time making slime and leaving it in a covered container, sometimes it loses that stretchy feeling. This simple slime fix is super easy and works like a charm. It will teach you how to make slime stretchy and soft too. Read on to see how to make slime more stretchy.
We recently made slime and while we were creating this recipe the slime was PERFECT. It had the right amount of stretch to it without being too sticky. But then, after a few days we took it out of the container and it wasn’t stretchy anymore.
Every time we tried to stretch it, it broke. It didn’t resemble slime. Previously, when this would happen… I would throw the slime away.
But then, I discovered that there are two pretty simple and cool tricks that you can use to make it stretchy again. I was blown away by the simplicity of how to make slime stretchy.
How to make slime stretchy
- Make sure your activator is properly mixed together before adding it in. If you are using a mix of Borax and water, sometimes the Borax powder sinks to the bottom, so you are adding more water to your slime instead of Borax. Give your activator a little bit of a shake to make sure it’s all mixed together.
- Add in your activator slowly. Sometime’s it just takes a little bit for the activator to start working so if you rush this part of the process your slime will get harder and rubbery faster.
- Keep slime in a closed container.
- Use lotion to make your slime less rubbery and if you’ve added too much activator.
- You can add a bit of hot water to also make it softer and stretchier.
Turn that slime fail into a slime success!
There are 2 ways to make slime stretchy again.
1. Use lotion to make slime stretchy
If you were wondering how to make slime less hard, fix rubbery slime, or if you need to make your slime less sticky, lotion is the easiest answer! You can use this fix on store bought slime too!
Just add a squirt of lotion on your slime and knead it in. If you want to make your slime more stretchy, add more lotion until you get the consistency you want.
Add in a squirt of lotion.. mix and knead with your hands. Then add some more lotion and repeat. Keep doing this until it has the right amount of stretch for you. This is what I ended up with.
This method also worked with our fluffy slime recipe and butter slime recipe.
How to make slime stretchy without lotion
Don’t have lotion? Then here’s a method with something you definitely have at home, hot water!
Method 2: Put your slime in hot water to make it stretchy
In this method I took the slime and brushed it quickly against the hot water running in the tap. Do not use boiling hot water.
I would quickly place the clear slime or fluffy slime under the tap, remove it and mix. I repeated this about 6 or 7 times and then ended up with the slime you see below. It had a good amount of stretch to it
Alternatively, you can add some hot (still touchable) to a bowl. Add in your slime for a few seconds (10-15.) Then take it out. Once you take it out and it’s not too hot for your hands begin to knead it.
One of my kids favorite slime recipes is the clear slime recipe. They love looking through the clear slime. These techniques will also show you how to make clear slime stretchy too.
Experiment with it. Definitely do not throw it away. I hope you learned how to make your slime stretchy and that you give these suggestions a try.
Do you know of any other tricks on how to make slime stretchy again? Please share it in the comments below.
This post was originally published on February 2, 2018. It was updated on December 24, 2021.
How to soften slime at home?
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A popular toy for children and many teenagers — slime — has already changed its fifth decade since its birth, but is still considered one of the best fun, which, moreover, has a positive effect on health, like others activities that develop hand motor skills and calm the human psyche. Currently, many different types of slimes are known, differing mainly in color and tactile sensations, but the classic is the so-called. «Lizun», nicknamed so by the kids after the cute kind ghost — one of the heroes of the movie «Ghostbusters». However, the cool name has taken root for all types of slimes and serves as a colloquial synonym.
But let’s solve the main problem posed in the title of the article. What to do with dried slime? After all, sooner or later, any slime dries up, loses its elasticity and becomes unsuitable for games. However, you should not immediately buy a new one: there are a lot of proven, repeatedly tested ways to “reanimate” a slime, returning to it (partially or completely) its original properties.
It is worth noting that the known «folk» methods are not equivalent and do not guarantee an exceptional result for all slimes. Therefore, choose the most suitable option for you from those offered.
The first way — with water
Yes, perhaps the most trivial softener for slime is ordinary clean water at room temperature. There is nothing easier than putting a dried slime in a deep bowl and pouring a little (literally a couple of teaspoons) of water on it, then knead it well. The same effect can be achieved by simply dipping the slime in water or holding it under a tap. Soaking the slime in water for a long time is not worth it.
Another effective way is to soften the slime with glycerin. This penny remedy can be bought at the nearest pharmacy, and it is well suited for our purposes.
The use of glycerine is extremely simple: add a few drops of it to a jar of slime, stir and then knead well in your hands. The toy will be like new!
As we will see below, not every product is suitable for softening different types of slime. But not antibacterial gel: not only is it suitable for softening almost any slime, it is also recommended for its periodic cleaning (you know, hands, especially children’s hands, are a favorite habitat for all sorts of bacteria and microbes).
The method is the same — add and stir / knead; dosage — 1-2 drops of antibacterial gel for cleaning and 3-5 drops for softening.
PVA glue (polyvinyl acetate) is considered almost the best tool for solving our problem. However, we do not agree with the unconditional nature of this statement and note several limitations in the use of PVA.
First, transparent slimes, for obvious reasons, are best softened with transparent silicate glue.
Secondly, PVA is more suitable for self-made slimes, as well as their dense varieties and hendigam (the so-called «gum for hands»). The color of the slime should be matte, which will not be affected by the slight presence of the white component.
So, let’s get to work. Put the hardened slime in a plastic bag and add just a few drops of glue there; right in the package all together and knead.
Hand care products
Hand lotion and cream are good products for softening hardened slimes. However, some of their features should be taken into account. So, lotion is not suitable for liquid and «glass» slimes, and cream is most effective in the case of hendigams and dense varieties of slimes.
The cream is easier — apply it on your hands and use them to knead the slime. Yes, that’s all.
To use the lotion, shape the slime into a thin cake and spread it evenly on the surface. If the slime is not very dry, knead it immediately, otherwise let it stand for 5-10 minutes beforehand.
Toothpaste is just as popular a folk remedy as PVA glue. It is very easy to use and one would recommend it as the main tool for softening any frozen slime, if not for one big “but”: it changes the structure of the slime, and the owner does not always like to play with it afterwards. As always in controversial situations, try the product on a small piece of the product to safely evaluate the result.
Citric Acid Crystals
Citric Acid can perform a real miracle even with seemingly completely dried slime. Here’s a recipe without toothpaste and glue. If you mix a few crystals into the frozen mass and then knead, you get an almost new slime! But beware: too much acid will return the toy to a state of glue and it will only be thrown away.
Well, where would we be without it… And in this case, this miracle of engineering thought can serve its indirect purpose. With its help, all types of dried slimes are “reanimated”, it is enough just to warm it up for 8-10 seconds. a toy in a deep container with a couple of teaspoons of water.
Be careful, the slime gets very hot! Let it cool down and then knead it properly.
Perhaps these are all realistic ways to soften a hardened (dried) slime and return it to its original consistency at home and without significant costs. However, there are other methods, using boric acid, shaving foam, Panthenol spray (a wound healing and burn treatment agent) or nail polish remover, but most of them require some kind of additional cost and multi-stage procedures, which not always appropriate when simpler solutions are available.
You can try any you like, but it is better not to let the slime harden, for which you should store it in a closed jar in a cool place.
HOW TO MAKE SLIME AT HOME
Slime is like gibberish! It calms when you play with it, and fights dust when you want cleanliness. Of course, you can find it in the store, but making it yourself is much more fun. We will figure out how to make slime at home without the hassle, with any ingredients.
What is slime
This is a viscous mixture that can be used as an anti-stress toy or as a house and car cleaner. Slimes clean the surface of dust, crumbs and feathers, as they “stick” to the surface. It is enough to gently shake off the dirt from the toy and it can be used further.
This mix can keep the craftsman busy for hours or even days. At the same time, when creating a slime, you can control the viscosity, shade, and even decorating components. There is no universal recipe — a unique combination of ingredients in each case gives the toy the desired consistency.
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Types of slime
Slime has hundreds of varieties. The following subspecies are more common:
General recommendations for preparation
No matter how the recipe of the toy changes, it consists of the following elements:
- foaming substance — from liquid soap to shaving foam;
- water is a binder that adds volume to the mixture and prevents it from drying out;
- glue — glues the components together;
- thickener — can be borax (sodium tetraborate), gelatin, etc.
Without these substances, slime will not come out corny. It will be either a liquid or a solid substance. But the following components are suitable for lovers of «decorations», as they can be added to the slime at your discretion:
- dyes — give the desired shade to the product;
- starch — will make the mixture less sticky;
- polystyrene beads, artificial snow, glitter, beads — add texture;
- aroma oils — anti-stress toy can become aromatherapy. Playing with it, the selected smell will fill the room.
Make a toy according to one algorithm:
- Create a pile of foam from a foaming liquid and water.
- Pour the glue and start mixing everything to a homogeneous consistency.
- Throw embellishments — from dye to beads.
- Add thickener to make the slime more runny and less sticky.
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The peculiarity of the toy lies in the variety of cooking options. There are hundreds of slime recipes on the internet. We have collected those that we have personally tested — anyone can repeat them at home. All of them are safe and within the power of even a primary school student.
Slime recipe with glue
One of the simple recipes is with PVA. Its plus is that everything you need is already at home.
- Take 150 ml of water and pour it into a plate or small saucepan.
- Pour 60-80 grams of starch into a container.
- Pour the resulting mixture into a bag.
- Add 50-70 ml PVA.
- Add dyes and aromatic oils to give the look and smell to the slime.
- Shake well and allow to solidify.
The key disadvantage of such slimes is their short “life”. They will last for a month, and then they will begin to lose their properties and appearance. However, given the cost of the toy, it is not a problem to repeat cooking.
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How to make a slime without glue
A basic recipe, the ingredients for which are found in every home. For it you will need:
- 100-150 gr starch;
- 25-35 ml cream/lotion for hands, body or face;
- 10-15 ml soap.
Further “cooking” goes like this:
- Pour starch into a bowl (dish) and add cream.
- Knead the mass — it will be dryish.
- Pour in liquid soap — so the slime will get a viscous consistency.
Finish by dusting your palms with starch and rinsing the slime. If it turns out to be sticky, this is leveled by 1 tsp. baby oil. Other components such as dyes, flavors and beads are added at will.
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Recipe for slime without thickener (tetraborate)
Many, having seen the recipes, are surprised by the mysterious substance «boron». There is no need to be afraid of it — this is sodium tetraborate, which is in any pharmacy. In construction stores, it can be found in a loose state of «borax» or «borax». This chemical compound makes the slime viscous and elastic.
To replace the activator, you need to understand what other improvised elements will help you get a similar result:
- Naphthyzinum — medicine against acute rhinitis;
- gelatin — in «cooperation» with plasticine, they make the mixture thick and elastic;
- miscellaneous household sprays ranging from air fresheners to hair sprays;
- soda with starch.
They make slime without tetraborate, just like the classic one: except that the thickener is changed.
- 3-4 tbsp liquid soap;
- 1-2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp starch;
- 200 ml PVA glue;
- decorations optional.
Then everything is mixed and a stretchy mixture is obtained.
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How to make slime from light plasticine
Unusual option. But with him you do not need to look for either glue or boron. The shelf life of such a toy is longer. It retains its original viscosity even after several months. It is done like this:
- Pour 200-300 ml of water and gelatine into a saucepan.
- Boil the mixture and cool to 40-50°C.
- Warm up the plasticine and soften it.
- Mix gelatin and plasticine in proportions 2:1.
- Mix everything until smooth.
- Cool the mass in the refrigerator for half an hour.
That’s it. Before us is a slime in all its glory. If everything is done correctly, there will be no plasticine left on the vessel, it will become a viscous part.
Fluffy Slime Recipe
In English, «fluffy» means «fluffy» or «whipped». Under this characteristic, shaving foam is suitable. The instruction is as follows:
- Pour 100 gr of PVA into a container.
- Add a little foam — 2-3 pumps are enough. For the «fluffy» option, 4-5 clicks are possible.
- Then pour in the thickener — 50-70 ml is enough.
- Then stir the toy and knead it with your hands.
But not every house has shaving foam and lens fluid, but you want to get an air slime. Then you should work according to the following algorithm:
- Mix 40-50 ml of liquid soap or shaving gel with 100-150 ml of water.
- Make a foam mixture with a kitchen sponge. The resulting mixture should take up about 2 cups in volume.
- Pour 1-1.5 cups of PVA into the mixture. You can add dye and aroma oils if desired.
- Mix everything and add thickener. Due to this, the mass will finally stick together and begin to peel off the walls.
- Mash the slime and let it cool in the refrigerator or on the balcony (if it happens in winter).
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How to make a butter slime
Outwardly, you can hardly distinguish it from melted butter: it is just as soft and easily smeared. At the same time, it does not stick «tightly» — this makes it an assistant when cleaning equipment. It is done like this:
- Add 30-40 ml of shower gel and 80-90 g of PVA glue to the dishes.
- Mix 200-300 ml of hot water and 1 tsp of baking soda in a mug.
- Pour 10-20 ml of the resulting liquid into the original mixture.
- Add a thickener — the resulting mass will become thicker.
- Take 80-100 g of light plasticine and put it into the slime base.
- Knead until smooth.
If there is no glue and plasticine in the house, they are replaced with starch and baby oil: 4-6 tablespoons of loose and 1 teaspoon of oil. The exact number is adjusted according to the situation.
How to make cloud slime
This one crunches and crackles when squeezed. Visually resembles a thundercloud, which, when compressed, gives out «thunder».
To do this, prepare the following items:
The ingredients are mixed.