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Caring for Slime

Caring for your Slime When It Arrives

Your slime leaves our shop freshly made and in excellent condition, ready for you to enjoy! We ship by Priority Mail within 24 hours of receiving your order, but your slime may still travel for several days in hot or cold conditions. As a result, it might be a little sticky or feel too hard. Here's how to fix it:

Slime Arrives Too Sticky

If your slime feels too sticky when it comes, it may just need a little TLC. 

Your slime might just need to cool down if it's been waiting in the heat to be delivered to you. Let it sit somewhere cool for an hour or two and try again.

If it still is a little sticky, try kneading it a little. Some slimes, especially butter slimes, can be a little sticky if they haven't been played with for a few days, so try squishing it around some.

If that still doesn't work, you can try a little bit of activator. Luckily, we include a small packet of activator with every package of slime. To fix sticky slime:

  1. Mix about half of the packet with about a half cup of warm water.
  2. Add ONLY a couple of drops at a time to your slime and work it in well with your fingers. If it's still too sticky, you can add another drop at at time. 
    BE CAREFUL, adding even a few drops too much activator can ruin a slime, making it hard, not stretchy, and no fun, so add carefully, just a tiny bit at a time.

Slime Arrives Too Hard

If your slime feels a little too hard when it comes, it also may need a little TLC.

Your slime may be cold and need to warm up a little if it's been traveling in cold weather. First, try letting it warm up to room temperature.

If your slime has warmed to room temperature and isn't as soft as you think it should be, it may need a little bit of lotion to soften it up.

  1. Add a little bit of hand lotion to your slime - start with just a little bit, about the size of a pea. Work it in well.
  2. If it still isn't soft enough, try adding a tiny bit more, about another pea's worth.  Again, BE CAREFUL, if you add too much lotion, it can get too sticky and greasy. You may not notice right away, but if you put it away overnight, it may feel too sticky and greasy -- problems that some activator can't fix.

Keeping Your Slime Nice

Slime can last for many months of fun play if you treat it right:

  • Keep slime in its original container - it is designed to seal tightly and keep your slime in good shape.
  • Wash your hands before and after playing with slime. Any dirt or oil on your hands can make your slime dirty and gross and eventually change its consistency. Washing your hands after you play with slime is a good habit to get into. Our slime is safe to play with, but it does contain traces of diluted borax.
  • If you drop your slime, pick it up carefully and you may be able to pull out any bits of dust or dirt that may have gotten stuck in it.
  • As you play with slime, over time, it will start to shrink as it dehydrates. This is natural, DO NOT try to add water to rehydrate your slime, it won't work.
  • The texture of your slime may change a little over time as it ages and you play with it. You can add a little bit of activator or lotion -- look above to see how much to add.

Cleaning Up Slime Accidents

It's only a matter of time until you accidentally drop slime on the carpet, your bedspread, clothes, or get it stuck in your hair. Do not fear, we can help you get it out -- BE CAREFUL -- slime and its removal may still stain or damage some surfaces.

  • We prefer to use rubbing alcohol to get slime out of fabrics. 
    • Carefully pick up any bits of slime you can with your fingers.
    • Dab a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the fabric and let it sit for a minute to work.
    • Use an old credit card or the edge of an old spoon to scrape across the stuck slime and pick those little bits up.
    • Add a little more rubbing alcohol as needed and use paper towels to scrub it up until you've removed all of it.
    • Note that the fabric may be stained a little - try upholstery cleaner, stain remover, or laundry detergent to carefully remove any remaining stains.