So, the kids have been begging to make slime for weeks, and finally, you break down and say “yes.” But then you find out you don’t have any contact lens solution or borax powder. Does that mean you can’t make slime at all? Nope! This easy slime recipe teaches you how to make slime without contact solution or borax! This Epsom salt slime recipe is part of our slime recipes without contact solution series.
Of course, there are other activators for slime besides Epsom salt, such as baking soda, cornstarch, and even toothpaste, but this magnesium flake slime is totally unique!
So that is what sets it apart from other slime activators. And believe me, I’ve made slime using hundreds of recipes. You can see them all in this list of easy slime recipes.
How to Make Slime When You Don’t Have Contact Lens Solution
It’s not as challenging as you might think to find an alternative slime activator for borax or contact solution.
There are several options to choose from, but I’ve listed my three favorites below.
What Can You Use Instead of Contact Solution and Borax for Slime?
You can use three separate slime activators rather than contact lens solution. The following are some of our favorite slime activators:
All of these activators produces slime with a distinct texture. The thickest slime is made with borax powder, which also helps to reduce slime sticking and messiness.
Liquid laundry starch makes a consistent slime with the texture of traditional slime or gak every time.
Elmer’s slime activator is a fusion between borax slime and liquid laundry starch slime that interacts with any brand of glue.
But for this recipe, we are using Epsom salt, because it creates a unique slime that is fun to play with and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin like some borax slime recipes can.
Slime Shopping List to Make Epsom Salt Slime
Here is what you’ll want to have on hand before attempting to make this slime recipe with salt!
You will need:
The Best Materials for Making Slime
Here is what you need to make every basic slime recipe on STEAMsational!
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 Slime without Borax or Contact Solution
If you want to know how to make slime without contact solution or borax, then you can follow along with the printable directions below!
And, watch the video in this post to see additional tips and tricks to make your slime recipe turn out right.
All-in-One Slime Kits
These slime craft kits include everything you need to make slime creation even easier!
All of these slime craft ideas show up right on your doorstep in just a few days!
If you get bored of making the same slime recipes over and over…
Try Our Other Slime Recipes without Contact Solution!
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
To make slime play more educational and scientific, I created a science lesson, which you can download for free by clicking the link below!
Read the step-by-step directions on how to make slime with Epsom salt below!