Consumer Reports: Is your kid's slime safe?

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Consumer Reports has a warning about homemade slime involving one of its key ingredients, borax, a household cleaner. (WLS)

Homemade slime is the latest online kids' craze. Consumer Reports has a warning about the do-it-yourself project involving one of slime's key ingredients, borax, a household cleaner.

Do-it-yourself slime recipes on YouTube videos show all sorts of ways you can make the slippery stuff with some at-home ingredients.

Some recipes call for a combination of school glue, water, and borax. However Consumer Reports' Chief Scientific Officer, James Dickerson said you should take some 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. 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," Dickerson said.

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. So we really don't want kids, particularly young kids, to be exposed to this because it's a potential hazard," Dickerson said.

Another concern is toddlers or younger children getting a hold of the slime or its ingredients and accidentally eating them.

For older children and adults, use common sense. Avoid direct contact with your eyes and wash your hands after making and playing with the slime.

As a reminder, it's always a good idea to store household cleaning and laundry products out of reach of children.

If Borax does come into contact with your eyes, be sure to rinse with plenty of water for 15 minutes. In case of accidental ingestion, call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or seek medical attention.

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