DIY Cleaning Slime

DIY Cleaning Slime

Slime isn’t only for kids, as this DIY cleaning slime demonstrates. Slime cleaning is a fun method to pick up crumbs and dirt from small spaces. Pick up the crumbs with DIY cleaning slime instead of blowing them around with compressed air.

Slime has been the subject of headlines all over the Internet about the latest electronic cleaning craze. This gooey cleaning product is marketed as a excellent method to remove dirt and lint off keyboards, modems, and other electronic devices.

Of course, the more creative members of the Internet immediately began sharing recipes for making your own. Some of these recipes have the potential to destroy your gadgets, which is alarming. I’ve found a formula that really works and doesn’t leave your keyboard covered in dripping gunk via trial and error.

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DIY Cleaning Slime With Borax

Making DIY cleaning slime may be done in two ways. Here are the ingredients for the Borax recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups hot water (distributed)
  • a quarter cup of borax as a laundry booster
  • one 4 oz. bottle white school glue (optional) food coloring

Combine 1 cup warm water and the Borax in a small mixing dish. Stir until the Borax is completely dissolved. Set aside this mixture. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup warm water, the full container of glue, and 2-3 drops of food coloring, if desired, in a bigger mixing bowl.

Stir until everything is well mixed. Stir in the Borax water to the glue mixture. Stir the ingredients until it transforms from a gooey, sticky liquid to a firmer consistency that you can knead with your hands. Make a kneading motion with your hands now for about 5 minutes. 

To use this cleaning slime, make a ball out of it first. Dab the slime ball at the places that need to be cleaned. Allowing it to sit will cause it to melt into the cracks as it heats.

DIY Cleaning Slime Without Borax

Borax is not available to everyone, and some individuals dislike it. Here’s a slime-cleaning recipe that also works without it. You’ll require:

  • 1/2 cup slime activator (Amazon Basics) or any liquid starch
  • 1 bottle of clear school glue (5 oz.)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup warm water food coloring
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the slime activator or liquid starch into the entire container of clear glue. Continue to whisk until everything is well mixed. Stir in the warm water until everything is well combined. Take the slime in your hands and knead it until it no longer adheres to your fingertips. It’s all set to go!

Between usage, keep both types of cleaning slime in an airtight container.

Texture of Cleaning Slime

Cleaning slime has a somewhat tacky yet non-sticky feel. The slime may be made into a ball in your palms and does not “melt” like slime for kids.

Where To Use Cleaning Slime

Cleaning slime is difficult to use. To clean something, knead a portion into a hard ball and then dab it with it. Allowing the slime to sit on any piece of electronics for more than a second can lead it to ooze inside, potentially ruining the device.

After making your own slime, it seems like a waste of time when you can just use a cleaning towel. It picks up dirt and lint from nooks and crannies, but if the mixture isn’t well kneaded, it might leave a residue. It was, however, a lot of fun to play with while cleaning, so it’s worth a shot. It also removed dirt from nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach with a conventional cleaning cloth.

Use your DIY cleaning slime to clean the following hard-to-reach areas:

  • Television remote and laptop keyboard
  • The case for your phone
  • The dashboard and console of your car
  • Car vents
  • All those little pores on the surface of your Bluetooth speaker!
  • Whether you’re needing earbuds or headphones
  • Cleaning slime can be used in a variety of ways. All you have to do if it becomes too dirty is chuck it away and start over!

The Cleaning Slime’s Scientific Basis

When Elmers School Glue (or generic brand School Glue) is added to a water/borax solution, the glue molecules (polyvinyl acetate) combine with the borax molecules (Na2B4O7 •10H2O) to form a highly flexible, cross-linked polymer.

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