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Methylcellulose Ooze

Cellulose polymer gel, more commonly known as methylcellulose gel or “methocel,” is used as a thickener in many food products. It is also used in film and television to make a number of fluids including slime, blood and drool, and is an entertaining material in classrooms when teaching children about polymers, which are substances connected by long chemical bonds. Methylcellulose powder is available through food and special effects suppliers. A relatively small amount of powder can make a large quantity of gel, making it very cost effective.

What you need:

  • Methylcellulose powder. (I got mine online. If you can’t find pure¬†methylcellulose¬†powder, you can use the alternative method in my “Citrucel Slime” page).
  • Did you know? Methylcellulose was used to make the pink slime in the movie Ghostbusters 2!

    Large pot for boiling

  • Water
  • Large metal spoon to stir with
  • Stove

What to do:

  1. Add 1 gallon of water to your large pot.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Stir 5 oz. of methylcellulose powder into the boiling water with a large spoon. Add the powder slowly, allowing it to dissolve completely.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool overnight.
  5. The water and methylcellulose thicken into an oozy substance.

 

 

 

Citrucel Slime

This experiment is a lot like my “Methylcellulose Ooze” page. In fact, the active ingredient in Citrucel, (which is the main ingredient you will be using), is methylcellulose. Note: This recipe only makes a small amount of slime. For a large amount, use (and, yes, this is a lot) 4-1/2 cups of Citrucel to one gallon of water.

citrucelWhat you need:

  • Citrucel (you can find this at your local Walgreen’s)
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Microwaveable cup

What to do:

  1. First, boil about one cup of water in the microwave.
  2. Now, slowly add 3 tablespoons of Citrucel to the water while stirring quickly.
  3. Finally, let the solution cool. You can make this faster by placing the glass in a refrigerator. After about 30 minutes, the solution should turn into a sort of gunge. This is your Citrucel Slime!