CONSUMER REPORTS: Is your kids' slime safe?

Trending now is the latest online kids' craze -- slime. (Consumer Reports/KSNV file)

The latest online kids' craze -- slime!

The do-it-yourself project has reportedly caused glue shortages in stores, but Consumer Reports says a bigger concern is one of slime's key ingredients, Borax, a household cleaner.

Consumer Reports experts share this warning.

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 says 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," said Dickerson.

The Borax product even 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 young kids, particularly young kids, to be exposed to this because it's a potential hazard," said Dickerson.

Another concern is toddlers or younger children getting ahold of 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.

And 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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