No Borax or Starch Flubber/slime/putty

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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

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

Baking soda

Any type of eye drops

Step 2: Steps

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

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

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Gee wiz! Skimming through to find out if anyone has actually made this recipe and reviewed it is a joke! What is with people and their criticism and ‘correct terms’ and ‘possible reactions’? Just put up if it worked or not guys, who cares what big words you use and what you’ve read up on side effects? I’ve used this recipe with my kids, IT WORKED and THEY LOVED IT because it was FUN. 5 stars - eat that lol.

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.

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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.

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.


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!!

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

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.

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. :-)

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.

As if your going to eat it!

supose got to be carefull of small children

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

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

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

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is it optional to use eye drops please say yes

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.

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

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!