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Homemade Slime - Safety? The safety of homemade slime

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So, recently, there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

Here's one of the news articles:, they're mostly all about the same incident. CBS News article: 11-year-old girl's hands covered in third-degree burns after making "slime"

Homemade Slime - Safety?

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

Here's one of the news articles: they're mostly all about the same incident. CBS News article: 11-year-old girl's hands covered in third-degree burns after making "slime"

The safety of homemade slime

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So, recently, there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

Here's one of the news articles, they're mostly all about the same incident: 11-year-old girl's hands covered in third-degree burns after making "slime"

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Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

Here's one of the news articles: they're mostly all about the same incident. CBS News article: 11-year-old girl's hands covered in third-degree burns after making "slime"

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

Here's one of the news articles: they're mostly all about the same incident. CBS News article: 11-year-old girl's hands covered in third-degree burns after making "slime"

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Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmfulharmful to handle on your own.

What makes the solution corrosive enough to cause third degree burns? Was the child just exposed to itWould mixing these create a lot longer than she should have? Or did they just use super hot water so that when the child stuck her hands into the hot slime it just stuck to her hands and burned themharmful compound?

Edit: here's one of the news stories (all based on the same child)

Kid suffers third-degree burns after DIY slime project

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

What makes the solution corrosive enough to cause third degree burns? Was the child just exposed to it a lot longer than she should have? Or did they just use super hot water so that when the child stuck her hands into the hot slime it just stuck to her hands and burned them?

Edit: here's one of the news stories (all based on the same child)

Kid suffers third-degree burns after DIY slime project

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist, but I figured this may be the place to ask.

So recently there has been a lot of news going around about the homemade slime burning a child's hands and I got curious as to whether the ingredients were harmful and if the parents just didn't know any better:

  • Borax (Sodium Borate)
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Warm Water

And realized that none of these are really harmful to handle on your own.

Would mixing these create a harmful compound?

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