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Get creative and stay safe with the latest craze to take kids by storm: homemade slime.
When it comes to this stretchy, gooey, squishy creation, the options are endless. Homemade slime can be made in a variety of colors with food coloring, glitter or liquid watercolors. Let your imagination run wild to create neon, unicorn, glitter, galaxy, metallic, tie-dye, rainbow slime, and more.
While homemade slime creation is all the rage, some of the most popular recipes call for the use of harsh chemicals. Borax and other commonly used household detergents may seem harmless, but these ingredients can be very caustic, resulting in alkaline burns. When these substances are used improperly, severe injuries such as second or third degree chemical burns may occur.
To reduce the chance of chemical burns, be mindful of the following:
The duration of skin contact with the chemical The concentration of the chemical Children have thinner skin, which can result in injuries faster than adult skin
For the safest way to enjoy this indoor activity, we recommend avoiding ingredients that could potentially irritate or burn the skin. Here are two of our favorite safe slime recipes:
1 part water
1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch
Small amount of food coloring (optional)
Start with a bowl of water and slowly mix in 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water and stir to proper consistency.
Check out this video for tips on how to create perfectly gooey oobleck!
Shampoo Glue Baby Powder Food coloring, glitter, liquid watercolors, etc.
Mix together 2 parts shampoo to 1 part baby powder until well combined In a separate bowl, mix coloring with glue Combine shampoo and baby powder mixture with colored glue Mix until slime holds together. If slime is too liquidy, add more glue (1-2 TBSP at a time) and if it’s too sticky, add more baby powder (1 TBSP at a time) Have fun!
Slime Safety Tips
After making or playing with homemade slime, thoroughly wash any chemical residue off of skin. Be aware if your child shows any symptoms of discomfort, including itching or burning. In this instance, use generous amounts of water to rinse the skin. Avoid using soap, which may break up oil and disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, allowing the chemical to penetrate deeper. For a minor burn, apply a topical ointment such as Vaseline or bacitracin, cover with a non-stick gauze, and contact your physician.
In the event of a more severe burn, call Dr.STITCH for immediate service.
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