Making and playing with slime is an uber-popular pastime for both kids and tweens. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of recipes online for making slime each with different properties and textures. But what they may not tell you is this stuff is murder to remove. Slime leaves a gooey mess on clothes, carpet and furniture. Luckily, we compiled a few expert tips to help remove it from everything.
How to Remove Slime from Clothes
Clorox laundry expert Mary Gagliardi suggests putting slime stains on ice. To start, scrape off as much of the slime as possible. If the slime is wet, grab some paper towels or if it is dry, try using a spoon or butter knife. Use ice to freeze the remaining slime to scrape even more up. Pretreat the spot with liquid detergent for at least 10 minutes then soak the garment in hot water for about 30 minutes. Wash as usual and allow the article of clothing to air dry.
Or, if the slime is made with Borax (which doesn’t respond great to some cleaners) soak the stain in white distilled vinegar for 5 minutes (don’t let the vinegar dry) and then run under warm water to rinse off any slime particles. Wash as normal.
How to Remove Slime from Carpet
Water and vinegar are your best allies to combat carpet slime, according to Maeve Richmond, of Maeve’s Method. First, using a soft-bristled brush try to loosen as much of the slime from between the carpet fibers as possible. Once again, if the slime is dry reach for a butter knife to scrape it up. Add a solution of warm water and vinegar to the spot, continuing to work it in with the brush. Blot with a dry cloth; it is very important to blot, not rub, so the slime doesn’t get further embedded in the fibers. Repeat until the stain comes up. Vacuum once dry. If you don’t have vinegar on hand, club soda will work and you won’t have to rinse it afterward.
How to Remove Slime from Upholstery
Similarly to cleaning slime from carpet, the key is to try to get as much slime off the fabric as possible. Work the slime up and away (even pulling the fabric up) to avoid pushing it deeper into the woven threads.
How to Remove Slime from Walls
While it is easy enough to scrape slime from a hard surface, the dyes still may leave a lasting impression. LifeHack suggests mixing a paste of baking soda and water with a small amount of vinegar. Dab the paste directly on top of the stain and let dry. It is a good idea to protect your floor with towels and wipe up any drips right away. Once the paste is dry (about 1 – 2 hours), brush off with a paper towel.
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