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How to Make Clear Slime Without Contact Solution in Under 10 Minutes

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It’s tons of fun to make slime, and making clear slime can be even more fun! Making clear slime can be a bit tricky, because activators like contact lens solution and liquid laundry starch can muddy the slime and make it less transparent. But this easy recipe for clear slime will teach you how to make clear slime without contact solution in under 10 minutes! This clear slime recipe is part of our slime recipes without contact solution series.

Follow this recipe and learn how to make clear slime without contact solution in under 10 minutes! Crystal clear slime requires just 2 ingredients!

Another issue with contact solution slime recipes is that they can cause problems with the activation part of the slime, which defeats the entire point of slime and leads to disappointment and a whole lot of mess.

And you don’t want to take that chance if, like me, you’ve ever spent nearly an hour scrubbing slime out of a sofa.

P.S. Don’t be alarmed if that happens to you. Slime can be scraped straight out of cloth with some warm water, soap, and a scraping tool (I used the back side of a butter knife).

Easy Clear Slime Recipe with Borax Powder

Follow along with this easy recipe and learn how to make clear slime with just 3 ingredients!

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What Can You Use Instead of Contact Solution for Slime?

You can replace contact lens solution with one of three slime activators. The following slime activators are among our favorites:

It's easy to make transparent slime! All you need is two ingredients! In less than 5 minutes, you will have the perfect crystal clear slime!

Each of these activators produces a slime with a distinct texture. The thickest slime is made with borax powder, which also reduces slime stickiness and mess.

Liquid laundry starch makes slime that is always consistent and has the texture of classic slime or gak.

Elmer’s slime activator is a mix of borax slime and liquid laundry starch slime that works nicely with any form of glue.

Slime Shopping List to Make Clear Slime

Here is what you’ll want to have on hand before attempting to make this creative clear slime recipe!

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 to Make Homemade Activator without Contact Solution

Slime activators are the “gel” responsible for slime’s elastic texture. It gives the slime more elasticity and makes it less sticky. Contact solution is one of the most popular slime activators, however there are other options if you don’t want to use it. Here’s how to make some of our favorite slime-activating alternatives:

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  • Borax powder: Add one teaspoon of powder to 1 cup of warm water and stir.
  • 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.

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Learn How to Make Clear Slime without Contact Solution!

Follow along with our recipe to make clear slime below, but first, get our best tips and tricks for making perfectly transparent slime!

transparent slime recipe

Remember, the longer your slime rests, the clearer it will be! And make sure your hands are dirt and dye-free to keep the slime as transparent as possible!

The secret to making clear slime is to keep as much air out of the slime as possible. Sometimes letting the slime rest for a few minutes or up to one day will make your clear slime even more transparent!

But of course, that eliminates some of the fun of customizing your own slime like you can with this clear slime recipe. It’s fun to play with different additives in slime and you won’ t find that in a slime kit!

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More Slime Recipes without Contact Solution

Here are some of our favorite creative slime recipes that my kids love to make over and over.

I prepared a science lesson for slime time to make it more informative and scientific, which you can download for free by clicking the link below!

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Here’s how to make my fave clear slime recipe in a tutorial! P.S. It’s also available to print.

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How to Make Glow in the Dark Slime (without contact lens solution!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $10

You don't need any dye at all to make crystal clear slime! This clear slime recipe is a favorite with my kids and they have made it dozens of times! If you follow along with our easy slime recipe, then you will learn how to make clear slime without contact solution in less than 10 minutes!


  • Clear Elmer's glue
  • Liquid laundry starch
  • Glow in the dark paint


  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Metal fork
  • Plastic jars (for storing your slime)


  1. In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of clear glue.
  2. Add 1/4 of a cup of glow in the dark paint.
  3. Measure one cup of laundry starch.
  4. While stirring with a metal fork, gradually pour in half of the starch.
  5. Stir until fully mixed.
  6. If the slime is still sticky, add the rest of the starch and stir.
  7. The slime should form into a solid ball in the middle of the container.
  8. Pull it out and knead it gently to completely activate the slime.
  9. Let the slime sit in the sun for a few hours to strengthen its glow.
  10. 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.

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