Call me a killjoy, but I have been avoiding the slime craze at all costs in my house.
The number one reason? The mess.
I’m not the world’s most houseproud mum but I hate things that add unnecessarily to the chaotic and messy existence that is life with 3 kids. For this reason, I’m also not a huge fan of play dough, glitter or paints either (that’s what grandma’s house is for!)
However, my kids have been begging me to let them make slime and the parts of me that are into scientific and sensory experiences are starting to waver. I might not like mess, but I do like active learning!
I particularly like the idea of making slime without borax so it’s as safe as possible. Here are some great alternative recipes. The Empowered Educator also has some creative safe slime alternatives that are even good for littlies.
Before I cave completely on this slime thing, I wanted to make sure that this stuff isn’t going to permanently turn my house into a technicoloured slime-fest. I called on my good friend Google to tell me how hard (or easy) cleaning up slime is. I was actually surprised.
The take home tips from my research are:
- Remove the excess. Scrape of as much slime off as you can before you begin any stain removal treatments. A toothbrush or soft bristled brush seems to work well to lift the slime off the surface rather than rubbing it deeper into fibres.
- Freeze slime! After you have scraped off the excess, apply icecubes in a Ziplock back to the spot to freeze the slime to help removal. (I’d be inclined to chuck the whole item in the deep freeze)
- Vinegar is your friend. A handy cleaning agent at the best of times, it seems vinegar is recommended a lot for slime removal, particularly from clothes and other fabrics.
- Make it hot. Use warm to hot water to help with stain removal as this helps dissolve the slime.
- Avoid food colouring. It seems most of the staining from slime comes from the added colours so if you, like me, are worried about technicolour mess, go for au naturel slime!
There are a zillion posts and YouTube videos for slime removal in different scenarios but this one sums up clothes, carpet and furniture quite nicely.
So, I guess there is nothing for it but to take the plunge and get slimed!