Slime Care/FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do your slimes contain borax?
A: Yes, all Lunchandbox slimes are made with a diluted borax activator, ranging between 1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons of borax per cup of warm water. A teaspoon of borax and instructions for making your own activator are provided with each order!

Q: What else is in your slimes?
A: Along with borax, Lunchandbox slimes are made with PVA glue, skinsafe fragrance oils, and household ingredients such as gentle soap, vegetable glycerin, mineral oil, and nut-free lotion. Some slimes may contain non-toxic craft materials as well. If you think you may have an allergy to something in our slime, please refrain from purchasing.

Q: What is your processing time?
A: Our processing time is listed at the top of our website and may be subject to change, but is generally within the 4-8 business days! A business day is defined as Monday-Friday before 5pm EST (local time). Holidays and weekends do not count as business days, but your order may be worked on during those days anyway!

We recognize that the processing time may be longer than other shops. The processing time is chosen with full awareness of the owner’s chronic hemiplegic migraines. Some days she is not able to work but strives to send things out by the processing time date. We thank you for supporting her small business and for your patience in receiving your packed-with-love slimes. We promise the wait is worth it!

Q: My slime is sticky/hard/shrunken! What can I do?
A: All these things are normal and I've put together a slime care guide for you below!

Follow these instructions for tips on lengthening the life of your slime!

Always be sure to wash your hands before and after playing with slime. Make sure to play on a clean surface to avoid debris. If you have long hair, pull it back to avoid getting hair in your slime. Always store your slime back in the airtight container (with the lid on!) when you are done playing. Otherwise it will dry up! Unless you're trying to make an iceberg slime, we don't want that.

If your slime arrives or becomes sticky, create an activator by mixing 1 teaspoon of borax into 1 cup of warm water and slowly dripping it into the slime. You don't want to add too much or the slime may become overactivated! I recommend using a spray bottle or a squirt bottle to house your activator.

Clay, slay, and butter slimes use air dry clay. Exposing them to air for too long may cause them to harden and shrink. Limit your play time in order to lengthen their life, or try adding lotion or warm water to revive them!

Wouldn't it be nice if we could control the weather? Alas, I can't and neither can you. Sometimes slime may arrive to you cold. It might even be frozen, depending on the weather and the water content in the slime. Let your slime rest until it's ready to play. That's it. I do not recommend microwaving your slime.

During warm weather, slime may arrive to you in a state that appears melted. I recommend sticking it in the fridge for 30 minutes before adding activator to avoid accidentally overactivating. If it's still sticky or melted, go on and add activator.

Slay or butter slimes use air dry clay. As such, they may inflate with play. In order to fit your slime back in its container, gently press out the air bubbles and put it back into the container piece by piece.

If you accidentally overactivate your slime, there are a few things you can do. If you have glycerin or a glycerin-based lotion, try adding some to your slime little by little. If you don't have glycerin, instead try running your slime under warm water or waiting it out a few days--all overactivated slime will eventually deactivate.

All slime dies after being played with consistently. This could be a few days. It could be a few months. It depends on the type of slime and how often you've been squishing. Overplayed slime may shrink, become hard, or both. Try running it under hot or warm water and kneading the water into it to revive it. You can also try adding a simple base slime to get it back to its original size, though doing so may change the texture.