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Everything you need to know about slime



Slime has been a popular science project for decades teaching children about viscosity, polymers and chemical reactions. In recent years, it has become a real cultural phenomenon, with viral how-to-videos social media take over.

While many embarked on this fun trend, some worried about how safe slime was. Was the fun worth the risk? How can you do it safely and without allergens?

Here you will find everything you need to know about the smallest craft in the world.


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What is mucus?

A surprisingly modest cultural phenomenon, slime is a mixture of household items that together form a polymeric substance that acts both solid and liquid, depending on how one plays with it. This is called non-Newtonian liquid.

Slime formation and messing with it is a great way to teach children the science principles.

Why do people love mucus?

Apart from the fun of learning science, mucus is popular for several reasons. Some find it satisfying to see mucus from solid to liquid and back again.

The squeezing between the fingers can also be a great way to reduce stress. And some people just like it because it's soft and funny to stretch.

Personally, I find it fascinating to see how basic ingredients with just a few minutes' stirring become something completely different. I also use a special type for cleaning electronics .

What are the different types of mucus?

Mucus can be produced in many different variants. Here is a selection of some of the most popular. Each of these links leads you to a video that shows how it's made.

  • Glitter Mud or Unicorn Mud: Only a basic mucus recipe with mixed glitter.
  • Cleansing mud: This is a thicker mucus that almost works
  • Fluffy Slime: This slime feels like a soft marshmallow when you crush it.
  • Popender Mucus: Styrofoam pellets or other beads that are mixed with normal mucus make this a sensual pleasure.
  • Borax-Free Slime: Some people who worry about how hard borax (a cleanser) can be on the skin opt for mucus recipes without.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Slime: Yes, it really shines in the dark and can be made at home with non-toxic items.

Ground fluffy mucus.


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How do I make mucus?

Mucus can be made with a variety of items. Slime recipes usually contain at least a few of these ingredients:

  • Borax
  • Liquid detergent
  • Contact solution
  • White school glue
  • Cornstarch
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo
  • Glitter
  • Food coloring

Um For example, to make a cleaning slurry, you need Borax detergent, warm water and white school glue. Here is the recipe . The American Chemical Society has a recipe for a more expansive mucus here. Fluffy Slime typically takes more ingredients because it has a different texture. It is also borax free.

A good basic recipe for borax-free mucus requires 120 ml white school glue, 1/2 tablespoon baking soda and 1/4 tablespoon contact solution. Put the ingredients in a bowl in the order listed and mix for a few minutes until they turn into mucus. It should be moist and stretchy, but not sticky.

Need something cooler and something simpler? With a similar recipe, you can glow in the dark. Here is the guide.

How long does slime take?

Storage in an airtight container is important. This will prevent it from drying out and last for several days. If you keep the container in the refrigerator, you can keep the mucus up to a month without drying out or forming.

Is mucus safe?

In general, yes. Some people have skin reactions to various ingredients, depending on allergies or skin sensitivity. For example, my daughter gets rashes on certain detergents so we stay away from those prescriptions.

Most importantly, you do not eat it or give it to a child who can put it in your mouth. Ingredients like saline and borax can make a person sick. [196909010] Read More : These tiny toilet paper shops are anything but crappy.

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