It’s easier to learn how to make butter slime without contact solution than you think! Follow along with this slime recipe that is one of our favorite easy slime recipes without contact solution.
One of the biggest problems we run into when making slime is that so many of the recipes call for contact lens solution. We aren’t contact-wearers in this house, and not every brand of contact solution will even allow slime to “gel.”
So, I always try to find slime recipes that don’t contain contact lens solution so that my kids are able to make slime without frustration or failure. And butter slime is a favorite with all of my kids, from teen to preschooler!
Another common problem that we run into with contact solution slime recipes is that they tend to be stringy and messy.
And you don’t want to risk that if you’ve ever spent over an hour scrubbing slime out of a sofa like I have.
P.S. If that ever happens to you, don’t panic. A little warm water and soap and a scraping tool (I used the back side of a butter knife) will get slime right out of fabric!
Easy Butter Slime Recipe without Contact Lens Solution!
There are tons of slime recipes out there, but butter slime is one of my kids’ all time favorite slime recipes. The soft, pillowy texture appeals to them and they love the gentle stretchiness of this butter slime recipe.
Additionally, this recipe for butter slime is less messy than many other butter slime recipes!
And if you want to make your slime experience educational, grab the free slime science lesson here!
What Can You Use Instead of Contact Solution for Slime?
There are three main slime activators that you can use in place of contact lens solution. These are:
Each of these activators make a slime with a slightly different texture. Borax powder makes the thickest slime, which also helps reduce slime stickiness and mess.
Liquid laundry starch produces a consistent slime every time and has the texture of traditional slime or gak.
Elmer’s slime activator works well with any type of glue and is a hybrid between borax slime and liquid laundry starch slime.
Slime Shopping List to Make Butter Slime
Here is what you’ll want to have on hand before attempting to make butter slime!
You can find these slime ingredients at any local store, but for me, it’s often easiest to purchase my slime supplies in bulk and have them delivered to my house.
How Do You Make Slime Without Contact Solution?
Slime activators are the “gel” responsible for the slime’s elastic texture. It makes the slime less sticky and stretchier.
One of the most popular slime activators is contact solution, but if you don’t want to use it, there are alternative options! Here’s how to make some of our favorite slime activators that aren’t contact solution:
- Liquid laundry starch: Use exactly like contact solution in your slime recipes.
- Liquid soap: Liquid soap must be frozen before it turns into a slime activator.
- Cornstarch: Mix enough cornstarch into the glue to absorb the cornstarch and make a slime texture.
- Baking soda: Add baking soda in a ratio of 1 to 1. If the slime is still too sticky, add more baking soda.
- Epsom Salt: Add one teaspoon of Epsom salt to 1 cup of warm water and stir.
Don’t Want to Hunt Down Ingredients? Try These Slime Kits!
Of course, you can also purchase ready-made slime-making kits that eliminate the need to hunt down supplies from anywhere! All of the supplies for slime show up right on your doorstep!
- Beginner slime making kit
- Unicorn slime making kit
- Ice cream slime making kit
- Mermaid slime making kit
- Neon slime making kit
But of course, that eliminates some of the fun of customizing your own slime like you can with this butter slime recipe. We turned it into My Little Pony slime with the addition of plastic My Little Pony figurines.
The yellow color reminded my kids of Fluttershy.
More Unique Slime Recipes to Try!
Here are some of our favorite creative slime recipes that my kids love to make over and over.
- Easy to Make Glitter Rainbow Slime Recipe with Clear Glue
- Easy to Make (and low mess) Circus Slime Recipe
- Glow in the Dark Fluffy Slime
- Creative Ways to Make Slime at Home
And I also prefer to make slime time a bit more educational and science-y, so I made a science lesson for it, which you can download for free using the link below!
And now, here is my favorite, tried-and-true recipe for making butter slime.
- Clear Elmer's glue
- Liquid laundry starch
- Glow in the dark paint
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Metal fork
- Plastic jars (for storing your slime)
- In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of clear glue.
- Add 1/4 of a cup of glow in the dark paint.
- Measure one cup of laundry starch.
- While stirring with a metal fork, gradually pour in half of the starch.
- Stir until fully mixed.
- If the slime is still sticky, add the rest of the starch and stir.
- The slime should form into a solid ball in the middle of the container.
- Pull it out and knead it gently to completely activate the slime.
- Let the slime sit in the sun for a few hours to strengthen its glow.
- Take the slime into a dark room and play!
If your slime is stringy or too sticky, let it rest for 5 minutes. This gives the slime activator time to fully develop and will resolve most slime issues. You can rinse off any excess water that remains after the slime rests.
Kids should wear clothes you don't mind them messing up when playing with slime in the dark.