Introduction: No Borax or Starch Flubber/slime/putty

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I've been looking for a no starch or borax flubber for a long time
Some recipes had tide, cornstarch, lotion, clear glue and other ridiculous ingredients
Today, I found a recipe on YouTube on flubber and sounded very believable
I tried it out and a total fail
I then viewed the videos comments and one said just use glue, eye drops and baking soda
I tried it out with using the same ingredients in the video and the same ingredients the comment suggested it turned out great
But it smelled horribly like bleach and it was very wet
It was also very airy and not that stretchy
So I just used the recipe the comment suggested

Step 1: Materials

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Any kind of glue (glitter glue, white glue, clear glue...)

Baking soda

Any type of eye drops

Step 2: Steps

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Grab a bowl and add in a some glue
How ever much glue you add in that is the size of the flubber
Add in a few drops of food color and mix
Add in a few drops of eye drops and mix
Then add in a pinch of baking soda and mix quickly
The baking soda foams up the glue
It will form a putty when fully mixed
Take the putty out of bowl and play with it
If it is too sticky, add a drop of eye drops

Step 3: Results

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This is a great alternative to the regular flubber with borax
I love this flubber and it is fun for kids
It also can do anything regular flubber can


rickharris (author)2016-05-16

Eye drops often contain Borasic acid (that's why it works.) Elemers glue is PVA.

The Borax or Borasic acid polymerizes the Poly Vinyl Acetate. Making it thicken.

You would get better results from Borax and it is cheaper.

calistoar (author)rickharris2016-05-21

Dear rickharris:

Actually, the borax is not the same as boric acid (not borasic) .The borax is disodium tetraborate (boric acid salt). What you say about polymerization of PVA is correct,

Wikpedia dixit: " The gelation process entails formation of a borate ester that crosslinks the chains of the PVA. Borate esters form readily by condensation of hydroxyl groups and the B-OH groups". Best regards.

rickharris (author)calistoar2017-12-14

My punctuation could be better perhaps, Borax and Boric acid will both cause the effect. I didn't intend to indicate they were the same thing.

Borax is much easier to find, although not in UK supermarkets for some reason.

calistoar (author)rickharris2017-12-14

Hi, rickharris!!
it's all ,good!!!. my comment was only a clarification. Sure, borax or boric acid is practically the same for the purposes of your instructable. your instructable is very good, what matters is the result and the intention. In my country, it's the same, borax is very easy to find, but boric acid is not so common. Best regards!!

Moodle2 (author)calistoar2016-05-23

Do you think that Wikipedia is a credible source because of it's fancy words? just wondering

rebeccaz4 (author)Moodle22017-12-13

If you think about what Wikipedia says, it makes sense. Any polymer chemist could verify this, unless you propose that every expert in the field is incorrect. Fancy wording is necessary to describe this form of chemical interaction. There is no reason to lie about this, anyhow.

rickharris (author)calistoar2016-05-22

Ah sorry it may be the way I typed it, I was hoping to indicate that the effect was similar. I assume because of the Boron connection of both chemicals it seems that most boron salts have the same effect..

However it's good to see I got the polymerization right. :-)

Lowkeytrip (author)2017-08-05

I used school glue, pinch of baking soda, lotion (for strechiness) shaving cream (for fluffiness) mixed it together then added multi-purpose contact lens soultion till it was not sticking to the sides of bowl then worked it with my hands.

The P0tat0 made it! (author)2017-06-26

I love it!!

hporter252004 made it! (author)2016-11-18

well it did not reall work it was just really watery

bevishobbs (author)hporter2520042017-05-23

like your pic

Just add more eye drops

spacepymp (author)2016-05-16

Borax is less toxic than glue

bevishobbs (author)spacepymp2017-05-23

As if your going to eat it!

supose got to be carefull of small children

ClownW (author)spacepymp2016-05-19

what glue is polyvinyl acetate and is non-toxic borax is actually mildly toxic. That's why it lost favor with Housewives over the years. Is toxicity is so low however that it remains a controversial subject. The word toxic has an inherent ambiguity to it.

Why do people say things at the top of their head just to say things? I've never understood that I would suggest you look things up on Google before you act like an expert

ur so right

bevishobbs (author)2017-05-23

First putty I've seen with no borax or starch. Will make it and post pic's of it on here soon.

futuredoc (author)2016-05-19

Wow! I've been looking all over for slime/putty that doesn't include anything like that! Thanks so much!

me too!

BrandiB45 made it! (author)2017-04-19

After spending half the day trying to make this and never getting the slime to thicken, I finally figured out the contact solution has to have boric acid in it to make it form properly. Hope this helps some of you

michealu1 (author)2017-04-09

is it optional to use eye drops please say yes

GuineaPigLover227 (author)2017-04-01

I really want to do this, but I don't know if I have any eye drops. I've tried lots of diffrent kinds of slime, but they never work, but from your pics, i think this is gonig to work pefect.

Ana2282 (author)2017-03-23

Can we not use glitter if we don't want it with glitter because I don't have glitter and it falls

lukedoginfinity made it! (author)2017-03-04

i tried to use the white elmer's glue and forgot the baking soda so always us the baking soda plus it takes ten to fifteen eye dops

Igioteno (author)lukedoginfinity2017-03-04

I'm glad you tried it :)

lukedoginfinity (author)Igioteno2017-03-06

Only one Issue. It dries super quickly and stops stretching in about 30 minutes. Do you think you could change the recipe a little so it works a little better?

TatumA2 (author)2017-02-27

I made mine and at first i was upset with it because i made another small batch in like a minute and when i went to pick it up it was hard and didn't stretch anymore. But then I started to mess around with it and made it really soft and fluffy..... Heres what i did.... 1) Mixed glue and eye drops together 2) put about 2 and a half pinches of baking soda.... This was when i was about to throw it away but then just messed around and started to add pieces at a time of play doh and kneaded for a while and then it became like fluffy slime!

Igioteno (author)TatumA22017-03-04

Thanks for sharing a new recipe for fluffy slime

mimi2chen (author)2017-03-01

Yess!!! Thanks! I have everything at home, and it's soooo simple!

Igioteno (author)mimi2chen2017-03-04

You're welcome :)

prettygurlonfleek (author)2017-03-04

i am playing with mine right now thks

I'm glad you you made it :)

Gamber1 (author)2016-08-09

I made it with kids PVA glue and Baking powder (optional food die)

briar4631 (author)2016-05-19

this does not work if this works for you please tell me the ingredients u used

Igioteno (author)briar46312016-05-20

well I used as shown in the photos glitter glue or any clear glue. I'm sorry I should have wrote clear or glitter glue. I will fix the mistake right away.

mtbike2 (author)2016-05-15

why did you want no starch and no borax? They sare em like pretty simple and common ingredients.

Also does it eventually dry out and dry up if left out?

M.C. Langer (author)mtbike2 2016-05-19

In defense of this project, not all countries are like U.S., where borax and starch are pretty common. I live in Azerbaijan. I had tried to do this kind of experiment, but finding borax here is pretty complicated.

I have to try this instructable. Looks great!

srilyk (author)M.C. Langer2016-05-19

Borax has some toxicity - I believe it's a lot harder to find it in the UK too, in any kind of weight

M.C. Langer (author)srilyk2016-05-20

Yes? Specially when I am an English speaker in a country where everything is written in Russian or Azerbaijani and have names and processes different to American ones?

Don't get me wrong. Azerbaijan is a country with great advances in some areas and every day more and more open to the world. But you can believe me when I tell you it's very hard to find traditional Alka-Seltzer in a drugstore, but very easy to find medicinal leeches.

kkinney (author)srilyk2016-05-19
Moodle2 (author)kkinney2016-05-19

where did you hear that?

mtbike2 (author)M.C. Langer2016-05-19

Thanks langer. You answered the question perfectly

M.C. Langer (author)mtbike2 2016-05-20

You are welcome!

briar4631 (author)M.C. Langer2016-05-19

when i tried this recipe it ended up into a total fail and just made the glue liquify .

tonimk86 (author)2016-05-19

Most eye drops are toxic if ingested, too, though, aren't they?

grelfod (author)kkinney2016-05-20

Please O please find another source.

Snopes has little credibility with some of us internet savvy folks ;)

funman1 (author)kkinney2016-05-19

Might want to check YOUR facts lol. @kkinney
Copied straight from your linked article..
"Pfizer's cautions to users of Visine include: "If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center RIGHT AWAY!!" In view of the above list, that advice should not be taken lightly."

tonimk86 (author)kkinney2016-05-19

The article you linked me to said this:

"The active ingredient in Visine eye drops is Tetrahydrozoline HCl 0.05%. Swallowing this substance can result in a number of nasty effects, including:
Lowering body temperature to dangerous levels
Making breathing difficult, or even halting it entirely
Blurring vision
Causing nausea and vomiting
Elevating and then dropping blood pressure
Causing seizures or tremors
Sending the ingester into a coma"

That does seem to indicate toxicity, although only in drops with that active ingredient. Perhaps just checking the active ingredients on your drops before using them to make this would be a good idea.

zimitt (author)tonimk862016-05-19

I saw this on CSI, so it must be true. ;)

But seriously, take care around children.

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