My husband thought it would be a brilliant idea to let my daughter play with her dollar store "Silly Putty" during quiet time several months ago. Raise your hand if you think this is a good idea...anyone? Yeah.
That evening we discovered the neon green goo everywhere. On her comforter, carpet, sheets and worse of all..."taggie". Taggie is crutch and the one thing in this world we can NEEEEVER loose or throw away. And there we sat in our kitchen wondering how on Earth we were going to get out of this one.
After doing some research online (we were not the only ones frantically searching for answers on this subject...just look at Yahoo Answers) we found this article on HowStuffWorks.com. It took a whole lot of scrubbing and scraping but it TOTALLY worked!
A few things you need-
- A knife or some kind of blunt scraping tool (we used the dull side of a butter knife)
- Liquid dish soap (we used Dawn)
- WD-40 (seriously!)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs
First you'll try to remove as much of the putty as you can with your fingers and the knife. Ha! Good luck with this...we couldn't get any "extra" off. Then spray the WD-40 on the putty spots. We kind of went a little over board in desperation but you could do this in stages. "Taggie" was pretty soaked with WD-40 in those areas. Let the WD-40 work it's magic for a few minutes and then try to scrape off the putty with a knife. There will probably be a stain or a little putty left, spray with WD-40 again and let sit for a few more minutes. We only needed to do this step twice.
Scrap any left overs off and then blot with the rubbing alcohol and cotton swab. When you are happy with how things look, use the dish soap and some water to wash out the lovely smell of the WD-40. All of her stuff still smelled after that step (although not as bad) so we went ahead and threw it all into the wash on a regular cycle.
I couldn't believe it worked! And fairly quickly/easily! Anyone else know of another way to get the goo out of your kids favorite things?