Watch Out! Some Slime for Kids Contains Dangerous Levels of Boron

Jill Holtz

December 16, 2018

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Is your child mad for Slime? Have you bought Slime for them for Christmas? Please take a moment to read this as a recent study found that some slime for kids contained dangerous levels of a chemical that can cause sickness. Watch Out! Some Slime For Kids Contains Dangerous Levels of Boron:

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Slime is still proving to be popular with kids, and will no doubt be on lots of Santa and Christmas lists this year, what with a myriad of YouTube videos popularising DIY slime-making.

However a study by Which? has found that some slime for kids products on sale have up to 4 times the EU safety limit of boron. Exposure to excessive levels of boron could cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps in the short term.

Which? tested 11 children’s slimes and found that eight exceeded the limits for boron specified in the EU safety standard for toy slime. All eight were available to buy from Amazon, some from Smyths, Argos and Hamleys.

You might also want to read How to Get Slime Off Clothes, Carpet, Sofa, Hair…

The Worst Slimes on Sale

The permitted level of boron is 300mg/kg. The Which tests found that the worst slimes on sale were respectively:

  • Toysmith Jupiter Juice containing 1,400mg/kg
  • CCINEE Pink Fluffy Slime containing 1,000mg/kg
  • Cosoro Dodolu Crystal Slime Magic Clay containing 980mg/kg.

The Best Slimes on Sale for Safety

These 3 slimes all fell within safe limits:

  • HGL Goopy Slime from The Works
  • Glam Goo Deluxe Pack from Smyths
  • Planet Slime Shop’s Hulk Green Halloween Slime from Amazon.

Amazon and Hamley’s have said they have both stopped selling the products flagged by Which? while Argos said it was investigating the findings. Smyths said it followed the “highest safety standards”.

You might also want to read Are Your Kids Mad for Squishies? Parents Warned About Toxic Toys 

What To Do if You’ve Bought Unsafe Slime

If you’ve bought one of the slimes, the advice from Which? is for your child to stop playing with it immediately.

You may be able to return the unsafe slime to the manufacturer for a refund or safe replacement using 14-day online or store returns policies.

If that’s not an option Which? says that you may be able to cite your Consumer Rights Act rights, on the basis that these products are unsafe and so of unsatisfactory quality and unfit for purpose.

Over to you now. Have you bought any of the bad slimes? Tell us in the comments below. 

Watch Out! Some Slime For Kids Contains Dangerous Levels of Boron

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Published On: December 16th, 2018 / Categories: Lifestyle / Last Updated: April 6th, 2021 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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