How to Make Slime With Dish Soap: 6 Recipes That Kids Will Love

By Marsha Harrison

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If you and your kids are looking for an interesting home activity, I highly recommend learning how to make slime with dish soap.

It does not matter how old your kids are since the recipes are mostly non-toxic. In any case, I would advise you to supervise your children during the experiment and while they play.

I know your kids couldn’t wait to get going so let’s jump right into the tutorial!

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Ways to Make Slime With Dish Soap

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What to prepare

Here are the three main supplies to prepare to make goo with dish soap:

  • Dish soap
  • A mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Plastic spoon

Note that additional supplies will be listed in each tutorial.

Recipe #1: Dish soap and cornstarch

Yes, you can make slime with two ingredients!

For this experiment, we will rely on the dish soap’s unique hue to color the slime.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of green dish soap and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • You can use a spoon to stir the two ingredients until the consistency is similar to a dough.
  • Does your slime feel sticky? Sprinkle a tablespoon of cornstarch into the mixture little by little. Try mixing with your hands.

With cornstarch and soap as your ingredients, the final product will be similar to Silly Putty, except that it oozes more.

Recipe #2: Dish soap, toothpaste, and a dash of salt

What I love about this dish soap slime recipe is that you can experiment with the quantities of the ingredients.

  • Blend 3 tablespoons of dish soap and 3 tablespoons of toothpaste in a mixing bowl and add some salt.
  • Using a spoon, stir the ingredients together until you achieve a doughy consistency.
  • Place it in a freezer for one hour and take it out.

Recipe #3: Dish soap, baking soda, Elmer’s glue, water, and gel food coloring

Now that I shared two recipes without glue. With dish soap and baking soda, you can make your goo fluffier.

  • Squirt half a cup of Elmer’s glue into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of dish soap then use a spoon to mix them well.
  • Pour about 3 tablespoons of water into the mixture and stir everything.
  • As you stir, you will notice that the solution will start to foam. This is the perfect time to add your gel food coloring.
  • Now, add some baking soda. It is good to start with 1 cup and stir. You should be able to hold the slime now. If not, feel free to add more!
  • Note: On a humid summer day, you may need an entire box!
  • Did you add too much baking soda? You can resolve this problem by adding more dish soap. This will help you achieve the desired consistency.

Bonus: Ways to Make Slime Without Dish Soap

Recipe #4: Glue, food coloring, and sugar

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Here’s a cool recipe to make goo with toothpaste, food coloring, and sugar.

  • Gather the supplies:
  • A 110-gram tube of toothpaste
  • Half teaspoon of sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic spoon
  • In your mixing bowl, squeeze out the toothpaste and add a drop of food coloring. Mix them until the color is nice and evenly distributed.
  • Add a third of the sugar into the mixture and stir continuously for the next two minutes.
  • As soon as you notice the mixture starts to become stretchy and gooey, you can add another ⅓ of the sugar. Keep stirring until it no longer feels sticky.

Try pressing your finger onto the goo. If it does not stick, then you’re on the right track!

  • Lastly, add whatever is left of the sugar and continue stirring. You should be able to roll it into a ball.

Recipe #5: Soap and borax

If you don’t want to make slime out of dish soap or looking for a recipe without baking soda, try using liquid borax, hand soap, Elmer’s glue, and soap dye.

  • Prepare the following supplies:
  • 1 teaspoon of borax
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of hand soap
  • ½ cup of white glue
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of borax and 1 cup of water in a bowl to create the borax solution.
  • Add the white glue, soap, and a drop of food coloring into a separate mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of liquid borax into the bowl. By now, you should see the goo forming.

If the slime feels sticky, you can add a little bit more borax solution and continue to stir.

Warning: Repeated exposure to borax may cause irritation, especially to those with sensitive skin.

If you want to make slime with borax and dish soap, just make sure to limit your children’s exposure to it.

Recipe #6: Laundry detergent, white glue, shampoo, glitter, and food coloring

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If you’re tired of the usual slime recipes with glue and soap, try a recipe with detergent!

  • Be sure to prepare the following:
  • ½ cup of white glue
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ detergent
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • Glitters
  • 1 teaspoon of shampoo
  • Combine the white glue with water in a mixing bowl. Then, add the food coloring and glitters. You can start with two drops of food coloring and 1 teaspoon of glitters.

However, feel free to add more if you think you need to make your slime more sparkly.

  • Add the detergent into the mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • After that, you can use your hands to knead into the mixture. The slime will become more firm if you spend more time kneading.

That said, you’re free to experiment so keep kneading until you are satisfied with the consistency.

  • To make your slime smell good and feel smooth, you can add some shampoo.

How to Store Your Slime and Properly Dispose of It

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You can store your slime in a Ziploc. Just be sure to get as much air out as you can before sealing it.

You can place your slime in an airtight container when you are not playing with it.

Typically, slimes do not last very long. Their average shelf life is around a week, whether you play with them or not.

At this point, molds will grow on the slime and become smelly, which makes it unsafe to play with it.

If you have to get rid of your slime, do not flush it down the drain. Rather, throw it in your trash bin.

Conclusion

Whether you are a parent or a school teacher looking for ideas on how to make slime with dish soap, your kids will surely enjoy the activity. You can choose to try out one recipe or all of the six that I shared above.

At any rate, curious children will learn a lot as they measure ingredients and mix them to produce slimes. Combining dish soap with cornstarch, or toothpaste and salt will lead to different results in colors and consistency. Hence, it’s a fun way to study math and science.

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