Consumer Reports: Is your kids' slime safe?

Consumer Reports: Is your kids' slime safe?

The latest craze for kids is to make slime. Do-it-yourself slime recipes on YouTube show kids how to make the stuff with at-home ingredients. Some call for a combination of glue, water and borax. However, Consumer Reports says you need to take precautions when it comes to Borax.

"Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate hexahydrate is meant to be a household cleaner or an additive for your laundry," said James Dickerson. "Just because you have it around, just because it seems to be perfectly safe for those types of applications doesn't mean it should be used in anything else, particularly household slime."

This Borax product comes with a label that states "Keep out of reach of children."

"Sodium tetraborate hexahydrate or Borax is a known eye, nose and respiratory tract irritant," Dickerson said. "So we really don't want young kids, particularly young kids to be exposed to this because it's a potential hazard."

Another concern is younger children getting a hold of the slime and eating it. Consumer Reports also warns you need to wash your hands after making or even playing with the slime.

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