DIY SLIME DEACTIVATOR!!! How to Soften Slimes Using These GENIUS HACKS!

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How to Soften Slime

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Slime! It's stretchy and glossy in all the right ways. It's perfect for stress relief, and it makes fun sounds. But now you've pulled your slime out of its container only to find it's hard as a rock. Fortunately, we have a few tricks up your sleeve that you can use to turn your slime like-new again.

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The easiest way to soften slime is to add a liquid agent like water, antibacterial gel, or hand lotion to it, then knead the slime with your fingers. Start out by adding just a spoonful or two of the liquid, then knead the slime until it's fully absorbed. If the consistency is still harder than you'd like, add a little more of the liquid and knead the slime again. You can also let the slime soak in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes, then microwave it in a heat-safe dish for about 10 seconds to soften it up!


Using Simple Methods to Soften Slime

  1. Add a bit of water.Sounds too simple, right? But it's true, some slimes can be revived this way. Put the slime in a bowl, and add a small amount of water to it. You likely won't need more than spoonful. Then just knead away until the slime softens.
  2. Pour in some antibacterial gel.Another way to soften slime is to add a drop or two of antibacterial gel. The brand doesn't matter. Place the slime in a bowl, and just drip the gel in. Use a spoon to stir it in as well as you can. Then you can knead it until soft. Bonus, now your slime will be bacteria-free (for a while, anyway).
    • You can add more gel if it doesn't soften on the first try.
  3. Moisten it with lotion.Lotion keeps your skin nice and soft, and it can do the same for your slime. Go figure! Just put a spoonful or two in a bowl (four or five pumps if your lotion comes with a pump). Add a splash of water, and mix the two together. Now the fun part! Throw the slime in, and squish it around a bit. Once your slime is covered in the lotion, you can take it out and knead it by hand until it's soft.
  4. Add more glue.If you used a recipe that called for glue plus Borax, laundry detergent, or liquid starch, sometimes adding a bit more glue can help the situation. Add a spoonful or so at a time, and knead it in to soften it.

Method 1 Quiz

What should you do once you add more liquid to revive your slime?

Moisturizing Slime by Heating

  1. Let the slime soak in warm water.Pour some warm water into a bowl, and place the slime in it. You can mix it around with your hands a bit. Keep it in the water for a minute or so. It may seem like it's coming apart, but it will still be fine.
  2. Microwave the slime for 10 seconds.Pull the slime out of the water, and squeeze it. You don't want all that water to come with the slime. Put it in a microwave-safe bowl and stick it in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Let it sit outside of the microwave for about a minute so you don't burn your fingers. No slime is worth burnt fingers.
  3. Add some lotion for extra softening power.Squirt in a spoonful or two of lotion. It doesn't matter what kind. If you use a good-smelling one, then your slime will smell good, too. Use your hands to mix the lotion in. High-five! You've fixed your slime.
    • If it looks too runny at the end, add a dash of activator. Activator is just whatever you used to make the slime in the first place, such as half a teaspoon of Borax dissolved in a glass of water.

Method 2 Quiz

If your slime becomes too runny, what should you add to it?

Community Q&A

  • Question
    My friend said my slime is getting hard because I played with it too much, is this true?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. I fix this by putting it into the microwave for about 5 seconds, then adding lotion. If it's sticky, add a little bit of activator.
  • Question
    What if I add too much lotion?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In my opinion, it may be slippery and start to clump because lotion is meant to spread when you use it.
  • Question
    Will the slime release any harmful fumes when I heat it in a microwave?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, not at all.
  • Question
    Will the slime blow up in the microwave?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. It will heat up and become more liquidy. I usually soften slime by putting water in it; an alternative is baby oil.
  • Question
    Will the slime make noises in the microwave?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It shouldn't if you leave it in for just 10 seconds and make sure you add water.
  • Question
    Will the slime eventually dry out?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it will eventually dry out. Just keep kneading it and it will become dry.
  • Question
    Will I have to keep adding hot water?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, you don't need to add hot water repeatedly unless it dries out again.
  • Question
    Can I add water to hard putty slime?
    Community Answer
    Yes and let it soak for 10 minutes, then put it in fridge for 5 minutes before you add the lotion.
  • Question
    My slime is soupy, how do I make it less soupy?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Add more glue or flour\cornflour and knead it. You can also use a hairdryer to blow it at a high temperature because you probably put in too much water.
  • Question
    Can you rub lotion into your slime to make it less hard?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on the type of slime. If it is hard putty slime, then you can't, but if it is butter or fluffy slime, you can.
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Clara Bell

4 days ago

"My slime was clumpy. I read this and it helped me get my slime fixed!"

Jane Fitzoman

Jul 17

"My cousin came here on a holiday and made slime. Everytime I was the slime I would remember her. However, one day,soon after she gave it to me, it dried out. I was devastated. So I went on wikiHow and it told me to add water. My slime was revived."

S. S.

Jun 20

"My mom wouldn't let me use the microwave, so I used the hand sanitizer method and it worked! Thank you!"


Jun 1

"What helped me the most was that I knew I could add lotion to the slime that didn't originally have lotion."


May 11

"Adding water and lotion helped!"

Jeff Winston

Apr 29

"It was good information even if I already knew some of it!"


Apr 28

"It works well. I used the lotion one!"

Omar Bayoumy

Nov 25, 2019

"Really, it worked. My slime is clay slime and it's hard as rock. I tried everything except for the microwave, andwhen I tried the microwave it worked. Thanks a lot wikiHow."

Vanessa Chai

Feb 8

"I was going to play with slime, but found it hard. Then I searched and tried to follow the instructions. I think itwill work."
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Vaa-Arash Rezpe

Mar 13

"My slime was really stiff after putting it in the fridge to make it last longer, and now it's soft again! Thanks,wikiHow."
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Liza Heinrich

Sep 26, 2019

"I had to do this for a school project and it helped me keep the slime from hardening! Thank you so much!"

Hosna Shi

Jan 9

"Moisten it with lotion, helped a lot, adding moisturizer made my slime very soft. Thanks for the tips!"


Feb 17

"It was a great tip to put warm water in the slime because it actually worked! Nice job!"

Julian Cosmilla

Mar 14

"The slime got soft so fast! Like 5 minutes, bam! Thank you, wikiHow."
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Sophie Flippe

Mar 5

"I always add too much activator, I have about 5 failed slimes!"
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Ava Potter

Mar 25

"It helped me because now all of my slimes are nice and soft."
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Dec 3, 2019

"Ah! I didn't get to do it yet but I still like your methods."


Oct 24, 2019

"The lotion and sanitizer tips worked wonderfully, thanks."

Patty Desa

Jan 2

"You can add shampoo, it will make it soft and stretchy."

Domenick Petrella Jr

Mar 1

"Thanks so much! it helped 1000% and totally works!"
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Jan 20

"It was the microwave tip that helped me the most."

Madeline Bondy

Mar 18

"This helped because my slime is so dense!"
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Sep 2, 2019

"When you said to put it in the microwave."


Mar 20

"It worked great. Exactly what I needed.


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