MYO Cleaning Slime

Make your own awesome DIY cleaning slime! This easy cleaning slime recipe is useful to clean out the nastiest of hard to reach areas including keyboards (between the keys), car vents, and more!

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Clean those hard to reach places with this fabulous homemade cleaning slime recipe! This simple recipe catches dirt and grime from hard to reach areas such as keyboards, mobile phones, printers, and vents. It dries out quickly, so be sure to store it in a sealed container.

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A quick note about the ingredients- Borax is a laundry booster and can be found in the detergent aisle of most major grocery stores.

How to Make Cleaning Slime for phones

Cleaning Slime Texture

The texture of cleaning slime is slightly tacky, but not sticky. The slime can be formed into a ball in the palms of your hand and doesn’t “melt” like kids playing slime.

What to Clean with Homemade Cleaning Slime

Aside from being excellent for cleaning the hard to reach areas between the keys of your computer keyboards, this slime is handy for lots of nooks and crannies. Use it to remove the gunk that accumulates on the underside of your computer mouse. If you have an older mouse, use the cleaning slime to clean the ball of the mouse as well.

DIY Cleaning Slime for Keyboards

The slime works amazingly well at pulling grime from surfaces. You can see from the photo above that the keyboard doesn’t look all that dirty. However, when we pull back the slime you can see the nasty debris that has made its way between the keys. Crumbs, pet hair, people hair, dust, you name it!

DIY Cleaning Slime Proof

DIY Cleaning slime is perfect for hard to reach areas such as the corners of vehicles console, as well as the air vents.

We’ve used it to clean the junk out of the charging ports of various electronics, including my phone. In my experience, the slime is particularly handy if you accidentally drop your phone in the sand or dirt. It pulls the debris gently from the ports.

Remove dust and dirt that has accumulated on your Blu-ray players, DVR, and stereo systems where you wouldn’t necessarily want to vacuum. These items can overheat when dust accumulates and reduces the airflow needed for keeping the unit running smoothly.

The Science behind the Cleaning Slime

Adding Elmers School glue (or generic brand School Glue) to a water/borax solution causes a chemical reaction between the glue molecules (polyvinyl acetate) and the borax molecules (Na2B4O7 •10H2O) to produce a highly flexible, cross-linked polymer

 

This DIY recipe was featured in Woman’s World Magazine, April 13, 2020 Issue.

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43 Comments

  1. i have everything i need to make this. will let you know how it works for me. four keyboards and lots of hard to get to spaces.

    thanks.

  2. this sounds like a form of silly putty and seems like it will do an amazing job for cleaning the nasty little corners in the non removable section of the console in my car! thank you for sharing it!

  3. how long does it last and can you keep it a jar till the next time you need it. there is only me so i don’t have that many cracks and crevices to clean or keyboards.

  4. this sounds like a very interesting recipe and one i need to try. after reading the reply’s in this thread, i will try it and use it in my car. thanks!

    Love shower

  5. couldn’t sleep tonight and kn reading e-mails i discovered budget 101. Now I am so involved I think it will be some time before I’ll be able to get off, Have really enjoyed the post I’ve read so far. I can’t wait to try several of them tomorrow.

  6. i was so wanting to make this for my husband for christmas! guess what he’s getting for valentine’s day! (he’s a computer guy so he’ll love it!)

  7. i am wondering how long it will stay good in a sealed jar. i would love to make and take to work to clean the vents on my semi.

  8. dengit, i don’t have any gluuuuuuuue around.
    < adds it to my list:
    [ ] white vinegar
    [ ] big box of baking soda
    [ ] huuge bottle of hydrogen peroxide

  9. used to make this for daycare kids-called it flubber.
    make sure to pour liquid mixture into glue slowly and keep stirring!

  10. looking forward to trying this – i can think of so many places to use it, and i actually already have the ingredients on hand. thanks so much for sharing this!
    b

  11. Thank you. I have purchased this kind of thing before and it is expensive. I am looking forward to replacing it for a lot less.

  12. this looks like fun, cant wait to try it my vents and keyboard are quite nasty at this moment!
    is it reusable? can you throw it in a ziploc bag and store it?

  13. this sounds great. i will make some soon. i have also tried using used post-it notes to stick between keys on my keyboard.

    picks up more things than a vacuum.

  14. I’ve made this before and love it…it’s a hit at work too! Does anyone have any suggestions for fully diluting the borax….mine stays a bit chunky and I don’t think it should…. I’ve even put the powder in my bullet before adding water….no good…still crunchy.

    🙁 it eventually mixes is…but it’s frustrating till then.

    • I’ve made this before and love it…it’s a hit at work too! Does anyone have any suggestions for fully diluting the borax….mine stays a bit chunky and I don’t think it should…. I’ve even put the powder in my bullet before adding water….no good…still crunchy.

      🙁 it eventually mixes is…but it’s frustrating till then.

      Sorry – not an answer, but I’m having the same problem. Curious to see if anyone has any solutions…

  15. I’ve been wanting this to be a homeschool thing the kids and I make. I might do this this week and see if I can trick them into cleaning. *insert maniacal laugh*

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