Handy Home Hints

Make cleaning fun with DIY cleaning slime!

If you’ve ever struggled to clean the cup holder in your car, or those tricky corners in your home – have we got the solution for you!

February 12, 2024

And when we say ‘solution’ we mean a non-Newtonian fluid! All you need is a bit of chemistry to clean those hard-to-reach areas!

Non-Newtonian fluids change its viscosity under stress or force. When pressed against surfaces, cleaning slime flows into tiny spaces and picks up dirt. When lifted, it becomes thicker, trapping dirt inside.It’s a great way to clean crumbs and bits out of tight and hard-to-reach places (and you can have some fun playing with it while you clean). It can be stored in an airtight container to be used again.

You can also colour your cleaning slime with a couple of drops of food colouring – just add it at the start when mixing - it won’t make any difference to its cleaning abilities, but it will look nice!

You will need

150 ml clear glue - we used Kmart's clear craft glue but you can use any brand as long as it's clear (not white)

Half a teaspoon sodium bicarbonate

One and a half tablespoons of multi purpose contact lens solution


  1. Add the glue and sodium bicarbonate to a bowl and mix thoroughly.

  2. Add the contact solution and mix.

  3. Then knead with your hands until it forms a blob.

  4. The more you knead, the less sticky it will become.

  5. If it won't form a blob, add a little more contact lens solution and knead again.

This cleaning slime doesn't store that well (it can go a bit rubbery) but this recipe is so simple, you can whip up another batch in no time at all!

It’s great for cleaning places such as:
  • Car cup holders

  • Car vents

  • Sliding door tracks

  • Window tracks

  • Air ducts
  • Nooks and crannies around your home

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