Introduction: Glowing Goo Using Cheap, Easy to Get, Ingredients

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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

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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)

Step 2: Borax Solution

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Ok So follow these instructions PROPERLY for the best result.

Saturated Borax Solution

1. Add 1 teaspoon of borax to 1 cup of warm water

2. Add 1/2 Table Spoon Glow Powder to Borax and water. If you don't have glow powder you can add 1/2 tablespoon Glow In The Dark Paint.

3. Mix for 30 seconds (Glow paint may require a whisk to mix properly, however glow powder will not dissolve, so don't be alarmed by powder at the bottom of the bowl)

Step 3: Poly Vinyl Alcohol Mixture

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Poly Vinyl Alcohol Mixture

1.Add 1/2 cup of glue (4 oz container) to a 1 cup measuring cup and rinse glue container with warm water to remove all of the glue. The total amount of liquid water and glue should total 1 cup.

2. Pour contents into a glass bowl and mix well with a whisk.

3. Add food coloring now if you want a consistent color, or add it as the last step if you want a little variation in the coloring. I added mine at the end so there are areas of higher and lower color concentrations. 3 drops green 3 drops yellow (you can do what you want though, in the end I added some red and my goo looked like some sorta sick organ, no pic of that though, sorry).

Hints: If you use white Elmer's glue, the goo will not be clear but will be opaque, however the texture and consistency will be the same.

Step 4: Make the GOO!!

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Make the Goo

1. Pour the Borax solution into the glass bowl of Poly Vinyl Alcohol Solution. Swish the bowl as you pour to make sure you get the glow powder which has settled on the bottom of the bowl out.

2. Mix with your hands for a moment, the goo should form almost instantly.

3. You can add food coloring now, if you didn't in the earlier steps. Adding it now will give you a nice varied coloring.

4. Pour out the small amount of extra water and play with you goo.

Step 5: Playing With It.

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Play with your goo

1. Charge your goo under a bright light, because the goo is translucent, it should allow the glow powder throughout to be charged.

2. Play with you goo.

3. You can store the goo in the fridge in ziplock bags. If it is left uncovered it will dry out, and if you don't refrigerate it, it make start to grow mold.



1995angelramos (author)2016-02-09

to hard to make

ABOMB_1 (author)2015-01-04

super fun I used it for a demo speech for improv

crafter26 (author)2014-04-22

cool this is very simple and you can find everything everywere

eddo617 (author)2014-02-22

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

smartone_2151 (author)2014-01-15

how long does the goo last

shadow flamingfeather (author)2012-08-16

could you use glow in the dark paint instead of glow powder? if so, how much?

shadow flamingfeather (author)2012-08-16

vey nice. i will probably make this for my halloween party this year. cool instructable!

RetroTechno (author)2010-10-04

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!

KnexKrazed (author)RetroTechno2010-10-17

Is That Hypothetical?
Just Depends Whether Or Not You Eat Glue On A Regular Basis.
(Not Really, Glue Is Toxic Sometimes)

TheNerdyDuo (author)KnexKrazed2011-10-28

The borax is of more concern than the glue. Don't people use that as ant poison sometimes?

daresquid (author)TheNerdyDuo2012-02-19

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.

kve23 (author)2011-09-15

Where can I get glow powder? Please respond!

masaya999 (author)2010-10-05

i like color red...

mxthorjc (author)2010-10-04

How long does it stay good for? Do you store it in a closed container?

hairyconiption (author)2008-09-30

Howdy, I added a tonne of pics, re ordered the steps so they were easier to understand, and my wife says I spelled things right.... So ya, hope you enjoy my instructable.

gloflyer (author)hairyconiption2008-10-01

I liked your instructable. Can you even give me a hint as to where glo powder can be obtained? What is it usually used for? Where did you get yours? I think t;hat it could be useful for all sorts of things.

hairyconiption (author)gloflyer2008-10-01

I bought my glow powder on e-bay, you can also get it at micheals the craft store usually.

Phade (author)hairyconiption2010-09-29

Best Glow Powder I have found:

jack45208 (author)Phade2010-10-04

Which glow powder should I buy if I want the option to change the color of the goo for different projects? At it seems like the powder comes pre-colored. Is there a generic "base" powder I should use? Thx in advance.

wobbler (author)2010-09-29

Maybe adding common household salt will stop mould growing? Just a guess.

snakeob (author)wobbler2010-10-03


mg0930mg (author)2008-11-03

Without the coloring is it like what teachers make in school. We made flubber a while back, can't remember how though.

Wesley666 (author)mg0930mg2010-09-28

Ya, we did this just the other day in Chem 30. We got to color it though! :D I made mine concrete grey...

mg0930mg (author)Wesley6662010-10-02

Yeah we redid this instructables in our lab bio last year.

astrong0 (author)mg0930mg2010-09-28

most of the good stuff is polyvinyl alcohol (which is present in Elmer's glue) and borax.

masaya999 (author)2010-10-01

does any color do?

I'm not absolutely certain, but warm colors probably don't glow as well as cold.

gonzoman73 (author)2010-10-01

i like this. :) it looks like fun

paperairplanecreator (author)2010-10-01


rredmon (author)2010-09-30

Nice! I'm going to make some this weekend.

Una (author)2010-09-30

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!!!

michaelgohjs (author)2010-09-30

rated 5 stars!!
great.. simple and interesting

slithien (author)2010-09-29

lol borax sounds like borat

matstermind (author)2010-09-29

where did you get the glow powder?

Talik (author)2010-08-06

i tried it and it turned out really liquidy. ideas? when i whisk it reall y really reall long, it turns solid briefly

Wesley666 (author)Talik2010-09-28

More Borax...

Stormed Wolf (author)Talik2010-09-28

Try adding less water, or less food coloring

ClayChip (author)2009-10-24

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.

PKM (author)2008-10-01

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)PKM2008-10-01

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 (author)PKM2008-10-07

Wouldnt it be BIhydrogen Monoxide? There is 2 hydrogen atoms.

PKM (author)PKTraceur2008-10-08

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 (author)PKM2008-10-12

Thanks for explaining.

killacam (author)2009-04-06

AWESOME stuff man, used it in my science class... it works great for science expo's!!!

twighahn (author)2008-10-07

where do you get glow powder?

kricketone (author)2008-10-01

Very nice good job

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