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Parenting Hacks: Removing Slime from Clothes Made Simple

Lots of kids like to play with slime. But it’s a nightmare for parents when slime gets stuck to kids’ clothing and just won’t seem to come out, no matter what you try. Read on to find out exactly how to get slime out of clothes with several trusted methods.


What Is Slime Made Of? Is it Possible to Get Rid Of It?

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Before we dig into the details of how to remove slime from clothes, it’s first important to look at what slime is and what it’s made of.

Slime is a gungy, gooey substance that many children like to play with. It’s particularly popular these days, as a lot of YouTubers and influencers play with it, making many kids want to buy and play with some slime of their own.

Slime comes in lots of colors and styles, and it can be made of different materials and ingredients, which can include everything from glue to glitter and food dye, too. The glue is one of the things that makes it so hard to clean away, as it bonds and sticks to fabric and surfaces.

Fortunately, if you’re wondering about “Is it possible to remove slime from clothes?” the answer is usually yes. There are cases when clothes might be really tricky to clean, but you can usually get the slime out with hard work and the right supplies.

How to Get Slime Out of Clothing

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So, how to get slime out of clothes? The first step is to check and see what type of slime you’re dealing with. As mentioned above, there are quite a few slime varieties out there, like wet slime, dry slime, and glitter slime.

It’s vital to know what kind of slime you’re cleaning, as that will impact the method you choose. The right approach for dealing with dry slime, for example, is a little different to cleaning wet slime from clothing.

Wet Slime

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First up, we have wet slime. This is easy to spot, as it feels wet to the touch. It’s also one of the easiest kinds of slime to clean away, as you can usually scrape away a lot of it before it has time to dry and set in place.

  1. The first thing to do with a wet slime situation is to wipe the slime away. You can use old rags, wipes, or even just your fingers to wipe the slime from the clothing.
  2. Apply a simple solution of vinegar to the stained area and let it sit for up to 10 minutes.
  3. After that, take a toothbrush and scrub away at the slimy area in circular movements, before rinsing the clothes. A lot of slime should come away simply with the toothbrush, and you can put the clothes in the laundry machine to finish the job.

If you notice that the stain is still there after the machine cycle, don’t panic. You can still get rid of it. Try applying some laundry stain remover or strong detergent to the stained patch, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wash it in the machine once more.

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Dry Slime

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Next, we have dry slime. This is when the slime has been allowed to sit on a surface or piece of fabric for a while, losing the wet nature it once had and drying or caking in place. Some slime types are naturally drier than others or tend to dry quickly, and they can be tricky to clean up.

  1. The most effective method found so far is to first scrape away as much slime as you can. Try using a butter knife or something similar to help with this.
  2. Then, push ice cubes into the remaining slime, or put the clothes directly in the freezer for a few hours.
  3. You may then be able to peel away the frozen slime more easily, as the cold temperatures essentially make the glue or adhesive freeze and lose its stickiness.
  4. Once you’ve peeled away as much as you can, wash the clothes in the machine to remove the rest.

Fluffy Slime

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Fluffy slime is another kind of slime that is quite popular at the moment. It’s called fluffy as it looks and feels fluffy, but it’s actually very similar to regular slime. In fact, fluffy slime usually just has shaving cream mixed in to give it that “fluffy” look.

Unfortunately, this slime is quite hard to remove from fabric and clothes. But, if you work at it, and if you catch the mess early on before the slime gets too dry, you’ll hopefully have some success.

  1. Step 1 is to scrape away as much of the slime as possible. Use your hands or some kind of scraping tool to help with this.
  2. Then, pour some vinegar on the parts that are left over and any stains you see, letting it sit and soak for up to 10 minutes.
  3. With the aid of a small brush (like a toothbrush) scrub away at the remaining bits of slime to rub them away.
  4. Once you’ve got the slime, put the clothes in the machine to deal with the stain. You may also like to use some stain remover to help with this.

Make sure all the slime is gone before you put the clothes in the dryer—the heat could make any leftover slime impossible to remove!

Glitter Slime

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Last but not least, we have glitter slime. This one is just like the name says—it’s slime with bits of glitter mixed in to make it sparkly and fun. Unfortunately, it’s not so fun to clean up after a glitter slime spillage or accident.

To deal with this, you must follow the steps outlined above. That means scraping away as much slime as you can, using vinegar and stain remover to soak away stains, and rinsing to remove any dry or caked bits of slime.

However, there’s one extra step to remove the glitter. For that, you should get a lint remover or some masking tape. Apply the tape to the clothes, bit by bit, and pull away the glitter. You may have to repeat this several times to get rid of it all.

How to Get Wet and Dried Slime Out of Carpet

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Clothing isn’t the only thing that can get “slimed”. You might also end up with slime all over your carpets and rugs. That can be particularly problematic to deal with. But, once again, if you take the right approach and put in the time, you should be able to clean it all up.

If you’re dealing with wet slime, it’s a bit easier. You can usually grab a spoon or butter knife to help you scrape away the majority of the slime before it sets and dries.

Then, mix up some rubbing alcohol and water (two parts alcohol to one part water) and apply the solution gently, via blotting, to the carpet to get rid of any stains and leftover bits of slime. Finally, use a vacuum cleaner to go over the area and suck up any little dry bits of slime left over.

For dry slime, it’s a bit harder. Again, you’ll want to scrape away as much as you can with a knife or some other scraping tool to start with. Then, get some ice cubes from the freezer and put them down on the slimy spots. Put something heavy on top to help the ice cubes stay in place if needed.

The ice will help you freeze the slime to make it much easier to peel away. After a few hours, check the carpet and peel away as much as you can. Then freeze again and repeat the process as needed. When you’re done, use a vacuum cleaner to finish up.

Summing Up: Dealing with Slime

Overall, slime may be tons of fun for little kids, but it can cause all sorts of issues for parents. Fortunately, even in the worst cases of slime spillages, there are usually ways you can clean up the mess and restore clothes or carpets to their usual state. Just remember to follow the steps above with care and teach your kids how to play with slime carefully to reduce the risk of accidents.


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What removes slime from clothes?

Vinegar can help you get slimy stains from clothes, as well as detergent and stain remover.

Will Dawn dish soap get slime out of clothes?

It can certainly help. Put a little bit of dish soap on the stained spots and scrub gently with warm water to help stains fade away.

Will hot water get slime out of clothes?

Rinsing clothes in hot water is recommended to help remove slime, but it’s best to scrape away as much as you can with other tools first.

Will apple cider vinegar get slime out of clothes?

It’s best to use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar to deal with slime stains. White vinegar won’t leave any stains, but apple cider vinegar can actually make stains worse.

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