Let’s be honest, slime is the new fidget spinner. It’s been so popular that making slime has literally impacted Elmer’s glue production! And closer to home, my kids and I can’t pass by an Elmer’s glue bottle or a contact solution display without them singing a slime jingle they’ve heard on TV!
I thought I knew all about slime too. I can’t count how many times I’ve made Gak with Borax and I’ve been super skeptical of making slime with contact solution ever since I heard the nonsense. I was a Borax girl all the way.
Until my curiosity got the best of me and I decided, let’s just do a little contest to see what’s better. I’ll show my kids not to fall for this new fly-by-night contact solution recipe that the commercials where selling them. So I grabbed a bottle of contact solution and a ton of glitter glue and headed home to pull out my years old Borax and set up a little experiment.
Contact Solution Slime: Glime (we had to give it a name!)
I used the Elmer’s glue recipe found here
What you need: 6 oz.Elmer’s glitter glue, Contact solution (containing sodium borate in the ingredients), and baking soda
What you do:
- Pour Elmer’s glue in a bowl
- Put 1/2 Tbsp baking soda in bowl and mix thoroughly
- Put 1-1/4 Tbsp of contact solution in bowl and mix
- Knead the slime with your hands and add a squirt of contact solution if too sticky
Well that was too easy! And the results were astounding. Check out the stretch on that slime; we stretched it well over 8 feet at one point!
Slime Recipe using Borax: Gak
Ok, my preconceived contact solution ideas were shattered. But who can mess with a classic? So let’s compare by mixing up a bit of Gak with Borax. We’ve done this classic recipe before here and loved it.
But truth be told, when we used glitter glue the results literally fall apart. Allie said it sounded ‘squelchy’. Gulp. My Borax argument was also falling apart.
So I would recommend when making Borax slime use plain Elmer’s glue.
What you need: Borax, 6 oz. regular Elmer’s glue, food coloring, and warm water.
What you do:
- Empty the glue into a large mixing bowl
- Fill the empty glue bottle with warm water, swish it around, and pour the glue-water mixture in the mixing bowl
- Mix glue and warm water with a spoon
- Add food coloring
- In a separate cup, mix a teaspoon of Borax with 1/2 cup of warm water
- Slowly pour the Borax and water into the glue mixture and stir with a spoon
How did our maroon slime turn out looking like a stretchy organ? Uck.
So which slime won?
There was no comparison really. Glime won hands down. Contact solution for the win.
Why Glime over Gak?
- Gak can stretch but mostly squishes and breaks
- Glime is glittery goodness that stretches and stretches and stretches……
What’s the science in slime?
Believe it or not, Borax and contact solution are derived from the same boron compound called sodium borate. This compound is the linking agent that links the glue molecules together. The linked glue molecules trap the water (in the solution) to make the amazing slime!
As much as I love my Borax, I think I’ll be reaching for contact solution and glitter glue in the future! What is your favorite slime recipe? I’d love to hear your slime making adventures!