How To Make Slime With Laundry Detergent & Glue? (3 Tested Methods)

How To Make Slime With Laundry Detergent & Glue?

You can’t go wrong with this post about making slime with household items. It’s fun, but it’s also a great way to utilize extra products in your home.

Summer vacation means more than just a long, relaxing break from the daily grind for many parents. It’s also a time to take a much-needed vacation from the endless laundry, dishwashing, cleaning, etc.

Making slime may seem gross, but it’s a great way to motivate kids and adults to learn and explore science. The ultimate slime-making ingredients, laundry detergent, and glue can create some of the coolest slimes you’ve ever made.

Here’s an awesome craft that kids will love to make with their parents and friends. Let’s explore!

How to Make Slime with Glue and Laundry Detergent?

Slime is usually made with laundry detergent and glue, and kids are always curious about how it is made. Their tiny minds are filled with several questions including:

Can I make slime with a glue stick?

Yes, but if you use a glue stick to create the mud, you’ll need to put in some extra effort. Below, I share with you a proper experiment of making grime with laundry detergent and a glue stick.

What about using glitter glue to make filth? Of course, you can use glitter glue. Glitter glue actually makes slime look more beautiful while completing your task in less time. Most probably, your child can win a prize from the school teacher.

Lastly, many kids asked which is better liquid glue or a glue stick? It’s the same thing, but with a glue stick, you’ll need to add a few extra steps.

For your ease, I have discussed all the methods to make slime in detail. Have an eye!

Method 1: How to Make Slime With Glue Stick and Laundry Detergent?

how to make slime with glue stick and laundry detergent


  • Laundry Detergent (Tide)
  • Glue Stick
  • Bowl
  • Knife/ Spoon
  • Water
  • Food Color (Optional)

These are the steps to follow:

Step 1: To make slime, add glue sticks to a small bowl. Glue sticks older than a year can be used for this purpose.

Step 2: Chop all the glue sticks using a knife or a spoon. Don’t worry, it will still be chunky even if you break it up a lot.

Step 3: Microwave your glue for at least 30 seconds if it doesn’t dissolve completely. After microwaving, you see that glue comes in a smooth liquid foam. Now you can easily make crud.

Step 4: Add a small amount of water and laundry detergent (Make sure that the detergent is liquid). If you prefer to use powder laundry detergent, first you have to make some a solution.

Step 5: Add the glue, laundry detergent, and water to a foamy consistency after the glue has somewhat broken down.

Step 6: To make your silt colorful, you can add food color into the mixture, but only add 2 or 3 drops and mix thoroughly. Glitter can help you achieve the perfect shade of shimmer.

Step 7: Let it sit for 20 minutes, and you’ll see that your crud is ready. Play with it and enjoy!

Method 2: With Laundry Detergent & Glitter Glue

Make Slime With Laundry Detergent & Glitter Glue


  • Laundry Detergent
  • Glitter Glue
  • Shaving Cream
  • Bowl or Bucket
  • Spoon/ Knife
  • Water

Take a look at the following steps:

Step 1: Take a bucket and knife first. Add glitter glue and water, mix it well. (Ensure to use a few amounts of glitter glue).

Step 2: Put glue and water into a thick mixture with a spoon. Mix in liquid laundry detergent briefly.

Step 3: You can add shaving cream to the mixture to make fluffy grime. Let it sit for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Now, mix some water into the mixture and blend until it’s combined. It is not necessary to add extra food color to the slime since the first step uses glitter glue.

Step 5: Mix the slime on the floor by using the palms of your hands. Now, it’s ready, and you can also store it in an airtight box.

Method 3: With Laundry Detergent & Liquid Glue

Liquid Glue


  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Glue
  • Food color or Glitter (Optional)
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • These are the specific steps to follow:

Step 1: Add an equal quantity of glue and water to the bucket. School glue is the most useful in this process.

Step 2: Mix the laundry detergent in the solution and blend it. Make sure to mix the detergent into the fourth part of the mixture.

Step 3: You can also use glitter or food color to make a colorful slime. Stir in 2 to 3 drops of food color and combine it with a spoon. A slime gradually forms as you mix the ingredients together.

Step 4: You should knead the dough as soon as it is warm onto a clean surface. Kneading the grime more will make it fluffy.

How to Make Slime Without Glue?

how to make slime without glue

Don’t need to worry if you don’t have glue. You can also make crud without glue. How? Let’s see!


  • Shampoo/Dish soap/Laundry Detergent
  • Bucket
  • Food color
  • Water
  • Shaving Cream
  • Spoon


  1. Add laundry detergent or shampoo to a bucket of water (whatever you want to use) before starting.
  2. Afterward, mix it well with a spoon.
  3. After the solution is mixed, add shaving cream and combine all the ingredients.
  4. Adding a few drops of food color is optional.
  5. Let the solution sit for 5 to 10 minutes to adjust.
  6. Now, put the mixture on the clean floor and knead it by using the hand kneading palms until they turn it into a fluffy texture.

Why Does Laundry Detergent Work for Slime?

For the silt recipe to have the right texture, you must activate it with an activator. One of the popular grime activators is laundry detergent, made from cornstarch, borax powder, and other ingredients.

Due to the tendency of laundry detergent to adhere to surfaces, selecting the right one is vital. In addition, a strong-smelling laundry detergent can overpower the fun of slime-making.

Simple Tips & Tricks

Experiment with different ingredients that affect the final consistency and texture of this plain or glitter silt recipe. I have found some ideas to try:

  • Make grime fluffier by adding cornstarch to your recipe.
  • If you want a different look, you could use glitter glue instead of white glue to make slime.
  • You can use a few drops of liquid soap or more kneading if your silt is too sticky.
  • You’ll need to clean up once you’ve finished applying the homemade grime.


Can I Make slime with all laundry detergent?

There is no difference in the type of detergent you use, but silt will be colored if you use it. In order to get the perfect results, match the detergent color with blue. A clear laundry detergent is also an option if you can locate it.

How to store your slime?

After playing with slime, you can store it in an airtight container and ziplock bag, then place it in the refrigerator.

Why does my slime get smaller?

The moisture in grime will evaporate over time, causing it to shrink or melt. Add some water to deflated crud to make it re-inflate. The silt needs to be thrown away after playing it for a while. If properly maintained, filth should last for a few months.

What to do if silt dries out?

If the slime begins cracking or drying out, a few add-ons can smooth it out. It is generally suggested to knead for a few minutes to fix drying grime. If your crud does not feel moist, you can use some extra ingredients such as contact lens water or moisturizer.

In Conclusion

As you can see the multiple methods of making slime with laundry detergent and glue mentioned above, all these are useful and easy to make, even for kids. Which is your preference: colorful or simple? Let us know!

About the author

Anthony Perfetti
Owner | long island laundry company

Anthony Perfetti is the owner of Long Island Laundry Company and has over 20 years experience professionally processing laundry for many customers throughout Long Island. He often contributes his knowledge to the community about the laundry service industry and laundry best practices. With this blog he will be sharing with you some interesting laundry facts he has learned along the way.

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