How to Remove Therapy Putty From Clothing

Therapy Putty, similar to Silly Putty, is a silicone polymer clay that squishes into shapes, stretches and bounces. It has a tacky hardness to it and a wet and glossy finish. Therapy Putty is often used to strengthen hand grip and improve finger dexterity through hand exercises. It is also a great stress reliever and anger management tool. Handling Therapy Putty opens up the opportunity for accidents to happen due to the stickiness of the material. Placing the putty in a pocket or on clothing will create quite a mess. Use a few common household items to remove Therapy Putty from fabric and clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal spoon or dull-edge knife
  • Cotton balls
  • Spray lubricant (WD-40)
  • Soft cloth
  • Liquid dish washing soap
  • Rubbing alcohol

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Step 1

Scrape off Therapy Putty using the edge of a metal spoon or dull knife.

Step 2

Spray lubricant, such as WD-40 or a similar car part lubricant, on the putty and allow to sit for three to five minutes. The lubricant will begin to break down the stickiness of the putty.

Step 3

Scrape away the Therapy Putty with the spoon or knife.

Step 4

Re-spray the putty with the spray lubricant and wipe away the remaining stain with cotton balls.

Step 5

Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and blot the putty. Re-saturate the cotton ball and blot the stain until it is completely removed.

Step 6

Wipe away remaining stain and residue with a soft cloth moistened with liquid dish washing soap and warm water.


  • Test a small area of the clothing with spray lubricant and rubbing alcohol to ensure no damage is done to the fabric.


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