Contact lens solution slime
Slime is a sticky, gooey substance, popular among young kids and teenagers. It was first introduced by Mattel in 1976 as a toy for kids. It was made using a non-toxic material, making it safe for kids to play with.
Since then, many variations of slime have been introduced to kids toy sections. This includes glittery slime and slime in a range of different colours.
What is the purpose of slime?
Slime is not only used by kids to play with. It is also used for a range of therapeutic and health purposes. For example, occupational therapists use it with their patients to help develop grip strength.
Thanks to YouTube and Instagram ASMR videos, slime has also seen a huge increase in popularity for its visually appealing benefits. Others play with slime to relieve stress or anxiety.
What do you need to make slime?
Homemade slime can be made using a range of ingredients, including contact lens solution which contains boric acid. Boric acid will give slime it's stretchy quality, making it fun to squish and play with.
You can make glitter slime or coloured slime depending on your preference by simply adding food colouring and glitter. One of the visually appealing factors of ASMR slime videos is seeing the colours blend into one or swirl together, so we would definitely recommend including colour or glitter to make it extra satisfying!
Why is slime so popular?
Thanks to its calming effects and visual stimulation, slime has soared in popularity for ASMR videos on social media. Millions of viewers love watching these videos for their satisfying sounds and squidgy appeal.
Making slime is not only a fun activity for children. It also provides them with an opportunity to learn about chemistry. There are many scientific concepts that can be explored through making slime. In addition to slime being a educational for children, it is also great for sensory play in older kids and will help to develop their motor skills. Sensory play using slime is a calming activity and can help children to control their emotions.
Contact lens solution slime
If you're making contact solution slime, it is important to use a saline solution containing boric acid. We would recommend our 3-pack of ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution so you can make enough slime to be played with. This is because it contains boric ions essential in the formation of a stretchy substance when mixed with the glue.
Ingredients for slime with contact lens solution
You can make slime at home using the following slime ingredients:
- Half a cup of white glue (PVA)
- 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 cup of shaving cream
- 1 Tbsp of contact lens solution containing boric acid such as ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution
- Food colouring
- 2Tbsp water
How to make slime with contact solution
Making slime is a quick and easy process. Simply follow our step by step guide below:
- Wash hands thoroughly before getting started.
- Pour 120 ml of glue into a mixing bowl and stir in 2 Tbsp of water.
- Add the shaving cream and bicarbonate of soda, one after the other, taking care to stir in between.
- Add your desired food coloring and glitter bit by bit whilst stirring. This will ensure that you get the consistency you're after.
- Then add the contact lens solution slowly whilst stirring.
- As the slime becomes less of a liquid texture, take it out the bowl and knead it with your hands.
- You may need to add some more solution if you find it sticking to your hands.
Is borax safe for slime?
Slime is safe for kids as long as right safety precautions are taken. Here are some safety rules we recommend you follow:
- If your child has sensitive skin and develops any irritation when playing with slime then avoid making and playing with slime that contains borax or derivatives of borax.
- Follow the recipe in regards to how much of each ingredient is used and make sure you stick to more or less the same ratio's that are recommended in the recipe.
- Slime should never be consumed and if accidentally ingested, you should seek medical help immediately.
- Adult supervision is required when making slime and children should only play with the substance for limited periods of time.
Tempted to try it? Making slime is the perfect activity for children to learn more about chemistry and gain a better sensory experience compared to playing on tablets and smartphones all day. Or perhaps you want to try it for yourself to see if it is just as satisfying as it is to watch online? Get on board with the slime craze and grab some ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution today.