How to Get Silly Putty Out of Sheets

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Silly Putty has been used by physical therapists for rehabilitative therapy of hand injuries, as a household lint picker-upper and even by Apollo astronauts to secure tools in zero gravity. Originally designed as a potential rubber substitute for use during World War II, Silly Putty found its way into our hearts as a toy loved by children of all ages.


While providing hours of fun, Silly Putty can also create hours of headaches for parents getting the gunkie putty off fabric and sheets. It stretches, it bounces and left to its own devices it will "flow" into a pool of goo on any surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife or strong metal spoon
  • Can of WD-40 lubricant
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Several cotton balls
  • Several soft and clean absorbent cloth or sponge
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Keep the fabric as cool as possible and stretch the fabric as much as you can.

  • Scrape as much Silly Putty from the sheet as you can with the back edge of the butter knife or spoon. Remove or vacuum any debris from the surface.

  • Spray the soiled area with WD-40 lubricant and let it penetrate the fabric for 3-5 minutes. Wipe the area clean with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Coat the area again with WD-40 and wipe off after several minutes to lift any remaining residue.

  • Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Blot the stained area with the cotton ball and wipe area with a clean cloth

  • Wet a sponge until damp and add a small amount of dish soap if residue remains. Rub the area until it is clean. Then allow it to air-dry.

  • Launder sheets separately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Time is of the essence, the sooner you clean up Silly Putty the better.
  • Check sheets for stains after laundering and before putting into the dryer. Once heat is applied, stains may be more difficult to get out.
  • Instead of WD-40, you can substitute mineral spirits.
  • If you do not have rubbing alcohol, try hand sanitizer.
  • If putty is really soft, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Do not use hot water or heat as it will melt the putty and it will spread, making it harder to remove.

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