Chances are if you have or know children between the ages of 8 and 15, you have experienced them making and playing with slime. It is amazing how this ooey-gooey trend seemed to pop up overnight, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, other than all over your bathroom floor.
In many aspects slime is an excellent activity: There’s a cool science element, it’s a hands-on learning opportunity; slime provides sensory benefits and is a calming substance — part craft, part stress ball. It’s also most often a shared activity that does not involve electronics, other than looking up a recipe.
However, many slime recipes call for ingredients that are potentially harmful, the most prominent being borax (aka sodium borate), which if not diluted properly can lead to skin irritation or even burns. There are several other ingredients commonly used to make slime that — with regular exposure — could be worrisome to parents.