Picture of Glowing Goo using cheap, easy to get, ingredients
In this instructable I will show you how to make awesome Glowing Glow in the Dark Goo using household ingredients. Other recipes call for hard to aquire items like Poly Vinyl Alcohol and other things that are not simple for the average person (like myself) to get ahold of. It does call for Glow Powder, which although isn't common, isn't hard to get either and can easily be substituted.

You can watch the video or read the Instructions, or both.

Step 1: Assemble the Ingredients

Picture of Assemble the Ingredients
Assemble the ingredients

Ingredients List:

Borax 1 tsp

Water 1 1/2 cup

Elmers Clear 1/2 cup (4 oz container)
(or White or light blue) school glue

Glow Powder 1/2 tablespoon (optional)
(or Glow in the dark paint)

Food Coloring few drops (optional)

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ABOMB_18 months ago

super fun I used it for a demo speech for improv

crafter261 year ago
cool this is very simple and you can find everything everywere
eddo6171 year ago

I wanted to let you know that PVA is readily available at, automotive paint shops in (1) one gallon plastic jugs, and its not expensive at all, i know PVA cost a lot at hobby shops and you get a lot less too, so you might want to try your local paint supplier shops, please let me know if this worked for you

how long does the goo last

could you use glow in the dark paint instead of glow powder? if so, how much?
vey nice. i will probably make this for my halloween party this year. cool instructable!
RetroTechno4 years ago
Is this stuff toxic? I can imagine some inquisitive (or not too bright) kid eating this stuff. You might want to include a word of warning if that wouldn't go down well.
Otherwise, neat-o Instructable!
Is That Hypothetical?
Just Depends Whether Or Not You Eat Glue On A Regular Basis.
(Not Really, Glue Is Toxic Sometimes)
The borax is of more concern than the glue. Don't people use that as ant poison sometimes?
Yes, but boron is highly, highly toxic to insects compared to mammals. It disrupts their nervous system, it only takes trace amounts and the grooming or communicating they do with one another is enough to transfer those minute amounts. Works on cockroaches and silverfish too. For humans, a teaspoon full or two would be enough to cause sickness, those younger or weighing less would take less, though I doubt anyone could eat a teaspoon worth of borax due to the lousy taste.
kve233 years ago
Where can I get glow powder? Please respond!
masaya9994 years ago
i like color red...
mxthorjc4 years ago
How long does it stay good for? Do you store it in a closed container?
wobbler4 years ago
Maybe adding common household salt will stop mould growing? Just a guess.
snakeob wobbler4 years ago
mg0930mg6 years ago
Without the coloring is it like what teachers make in school. We made flubber a while back, can't remember how though.
Ya, we did this just the other day in Chem 30. We got to color it though! :D I made mine concrete grey...
Yeah we redid this instructables in our lab bio last year.
most of the good stuff is polyvinyl alcohol (which is present in Elmer's glue) and borax.
masaya9994 years ago
does any color do?
I'm not absolutely certain, but warm colors probably don't glow as well as cold.
gonzoman734 years ago
i like this. :) it looks like fun
rredmon4 years ago
Nice! I'm going to make some this weekend.
Una4 years ago
I have made goo with my kids, I did not realize you could make it glow in the dark. Think this is what I will do with my kids' classes for Halloween. Too much fun!!!
rated 5 stars!!
great.. simple and interesting
slithien4 years ago
lol borax sounds like borat
matstermind4 years ago
where did you get the glow powder?
Talik5 years ago
i tried it and it turned out really liquidy. ideas? when i whisk it reall y really reall long, it turns solid briefly
Wesley666 Talik4 years ago
More Borax...
Try adding less water, or less food coloring
ClayChip5 years ago
We had so much fun with this, it was part of our Spooktacular Halloween Party... My husband is the greatest for have found this for us, and your the greatest for posting it.
PKM6 years ago
Other recipes call for hard to aquire items like Poly Vinyl Alcohol and other things that are not simple for the average person (like myself) to get ahold of.

Polyvinyl alcohol = PVA, otherwise known as white glue- you can buy PVA glue in any craft shop and a lot of corner shops/supermarkets here. If you told the average person this recipe needs 330 cubic centimetres of dihydrogen monoxide they might not realise that means "a cup of water" :)

Final hint- keep this WELL away from carpets and upholstery: it sets into them a bit like chewing gum and is a nightmare to remove.
hairyconiption (author)  PKM6 years ago
Although I appreciate the truth in your statement, it took me quite a while to realize I could get PVA from a bottle of Elmers glue.
from what I've heard elmers is a brand of PVA ergo thhere is no extraction process nessescary
PKTraceur PKM6 years ago
Wouldnt it be BIhydrogen Monoxide? There is 2 hydrogen atoms.
PKM PKTraceur6 years ago
Hence dihydrogen- "di" is the more common prefix in chemistry to mean two. Think carbon dioxide, or DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) if you don't believe me. "Bi" is for bicycles and bipeds, "di" is for chemistry (dioxide, diazo, dimer, etc.)
PKTraceur PKM6 years ago
Thanks for explaining.
killacam6 years ago
AWESOME stuff man, used it in my science class... it works great for science expo's!!!
twighahn6 years ago
where do you get glow powder?
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