Let’s take it back to 1999 — to the days when every 20 minutes, you could see some poor soul get slimed on Nickelodeon for virtually no reason. Well, what would you say if we told you that in the wonderful and expansive world of Instagram, millennials are currently obsessing over videos of people playing with slime? This is not a drill; we are not making this up.
Slime is like bottled satisfaction: squishy, stretchy and colorful. And Instagrammers everywhere can’t get enough of it. The hashtag #slime has more than 2 million hits on the app, with some posts gaining upward of 300,000 views. Be sure to turn the volume up before watching, as the sound is half the satisfaction.
So What's the Deal on Slime?
Over the past few years, videos triggering an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or “brain orgasm,” have grown in popularity on YouTube. From fingernails tapping to hair being brushed, these videos inspire a feeling that Fusion describes as a “relaxing, pleasurable tingle” that starts at the scalp and works its way down the spine and all over your body.
And although only one research paper on the phenomenon has been published, it’s clear from Instagram’s response to the squishy sound of slime that ASMR is a sensation worth paying attention to.
Here's How to Make It
The best part of all this? Slime is so simple to make at home. If you want to be the next Instaslime-sensation, all you’ll need are a few affordable ingredients and to channel the spirit of a simpler time. While there are a few different varieties, here’s a recipe for basic glitter slime.
Here’s What You’ll Need
1/3 cup of water
1 teaspoon of borax
1 cup of water
4 to 5 ounces of clear glue
Food coloring, vase fillers, glitter (optional)
Make the borax solution by dissolving in a medium bowl one teaspoon of borax powder and a third of a cup of warm water.
Meanwhile, pour one cup of warm water into a large bowl, and then stir in the glue. Pour the borax solution into the glue solution, mixing with a spatula until the two solutions bond together and create the perfect, squishy slime.
Get creative by using your hands to add a few drops of food coloring (be sure to wear gloves!) and/or a handful of vase fillers or glitter!
If the slime starts sticking to your hands, gradually add more of the borax solution to tighten it up.
When working with borax powder, be careful not to get it onto your skin or eyes; undiluted borax can cause irritation.