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How to Make Lotion Slime (the softest, stretchiest slime!)

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It’s so easy to learn how to make lotion slime! A few slime add-ins transform sticky, gooey slime into the softest, stretchiest slime ever!

We’ve made over 50 slime recipes, and each recipe has it’s own unique twist! Today’s recipe is how to make slime with lotion and baking soda.

This soft, stretchy slime is the perfect thing to make with older kids, or for younger kids who want to play with slime, but have a hard time keeping their hands clean. The lotion added to the slime makes this slime less sticky than other slimes, which makes it last longer!

It's so easy to learn how to make lotion slime! A few slime add-ins transform sticky, gooey slime into the softest, stretchiest slime ever!

How to Make Lotion Slime

This lotion slime recipe has more ingredients than some of our simpler slimes, like our best fluffy slime or liquid laundry starch slime, but the results are well worth it!

Lotion slime is my oldest daughter’s favorite slime. She prefers baking soda and lotion slime, which comes out with a texture that is similar to a fluffy cloud, but is still soft and stretchy!

Before we get to the DIY lotion slime, I want to make sure you have everything you need for slime success!

First, what you need for the lotion slime recipe.

It's so easy to make this lotion slime recipe! A few slime add-ins transform sticky, gooey slime into the softest, stretchiest slime ever!

DIY Lotion Slime Supplies

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  • Clear glue
  • Water
  • Soap colorant, food coloring, paint, or pigment
  • Baking soda
  • Contact solution
  • White glue 
  • Foaming hand wash
  • Shaving cream
  • Cornstarch
  • Vaseline lotion
  • Baking soda
  • Slime container
  • Slime charms

Get our slime guide to lean all the ins and outs of making slime!

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Why is My Slime Watery?

Watery slime usually means you messed up the ratio, but it’s usually completely fixable. If your slime is too watery, try this:

  1. Add more activator. It could be you just didn’t add enough activator!
  2. Pour off excess liquid. It could be that you added too much water or activator and need to pour off some access.

If that doesn’t work, try adding a bit more glue.

Why is My Slime Sticky?

Sticky slime usually means you don’t have enough activator. Try adding a bit more.

If that doens’t work, you may need to add something dry, like cornstarch, to help reduce how sticky your slime is. I like to add either cornstarch or shaving cream to eliminate stickiness.

How to Make Slime with Lotion and Baking Soda

Learn how to make slime with lotion and water by following this recipe for the most long-lasting slime!

Follow these steps to make your baking soda and lotion slime a success!

What is the Best Lotion for Slime?

We like to use vaseline lotion when making our lotion slime recipe. We’ve found that Vaseline lotion produces the most consistent results, and it also feels great on your hands!

This baking soda and lotion slime recipe is a hit with kids! A recipe for crazy-soft slime that you won't be able to stop touching.

Follow the recipe below to learn how to make slime with Vaseline lotion.

How to Make Lotion Slime

There are two parts to this baking soda and lotion slime. First, the clear glue part is made with lotion and water. You mix the coloring, glue, and water, then add baking soda and lotion. This is the base recipe for how to make slime with lotion and water.

Contact solution is added to activate the slime.

The second part of this lotion slime is a slime mixture with soap and lotion. It is also a slime with lotion and glue, except it has a few extra ingredients. A mixture of white glue, foaming hand soap, shaving cream, lotion, corn starch, and baking soda are mixed along with a coloring (or nothing, if you want to keep it white).

Then, contact solution is added to activate the slime.

How to Fix Slime with Too Much Borax

You may not know this, but contact solution actually contains a bit of boarx! That means if you add too much to the lotion slime, it will become breakable or turn into a stringy mess.

But you can fix it!

how to fix slime with too much borax

All you have to do to fix slime with too much borax is to rinse it with water for 30 seconds. Then, let the slime rest for 5 minutes and knead it again.

Nine times out of 10, this fixes the issue!

How to Fix Watery Slime

If your slime is too watery, there could be a few issues at play.

how to fix watery slime

First, you may not have enough glue. Pour off some of the liquid and try adding more glue and see what happens.

If it is still watery, you probably haven’t added enough activator. Try adding a bit more activator and see if that fixes the issue.

For this particular slime recipe, you can also try adding a little more baking soda or corn starch to soak up any excess moisture. Just be careful, as adding too much can make your lotion slime crumbly.

Learn how to make DIY lotion slime with these step-by-step instructions. Get perfectly soft and stretchy slime in five minutes!

The recipe below has all of the exact measurements that you need to learn how to make lotion slime.

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How to Make Lotion Slime (the softest, stretchiest slime!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: medium
Estimated Cost: $10

Lotion slime is stretchy, soft, and so much fun to play with! Learn how to make slime with glue and lotion following these step-by-step directions. In just 15 minutes, your lotion slime recipe will be ready to play with!

Materials

  • 5 oz clear glue
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Food or soap coloring
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp contact solution
  • 1 cup white glue
  • 1 cup foaming hand wash
  • 1 cup shaving cream
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp lotion
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp contact solution

Tools

  • Airtight slime container
  • Slime add-ins
  • Spoon
  • Bowl

Instructions

    1. In a container, pour 5 oz clear glue.
    2. Add 1/2 cup water and stir until the glue is completely broken down with the water.
    3. Add in your coloring. 
    4. Mix in 1/2 tsp of baking soda.  Baking soda is going to determine the thickness of your slime.
    5. Add in a little less than 1 tbsp of contact solution and mix.  It will begin to thicken instantly.  Just keep stirring! 
    6. When it pulls away from the bowl, pull it out and knead.  It may be sticky still.  Knead it for a few minutes and if necessary add a little bit more contact solution. Set aside.  
    7. In a large bowl, start your second batch of slime.  Add 1 cup of white glue. 
    8. Mix in 1 cup of foaming hand wash.  
    9. Then, add one cup of shaving cream.  Mix until it is well incorporated.  
    10. Sprinkle in ½ teaspoon each of cornstarch and lotion.  Mix together. 
    11. Add ½ tsp of baking soda, stirring after. 
    12. Finally, add 1 tbsp contact solution.  Mix until it pulls away from the bowl.  
    13. Knead the slime.  
    14. Swirl the two colors together and add your slime add-ins.
    15. Store in an airtight container.



Notes

  • You can store slime for several weeks as long as you keep it in an airtight container. If it starts to get sticky again, you can add more activator to soften it again.
  • We used black and white slime to make a zebra-themed slime, but you can add in any colors and charms that you want! Popular charms include other small toys, buttons, beads, glitter, sequins, and sprinkles!
  • If your slime gets stringy, you probably added too much activator. You can often save stringy slime by running it under cool water for a minute and then letting it sit for 5 minutes before kneading again.
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