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How to Remove Slime Out of Clothes

How to Remove Slime Out of Clothes

Kids and mess go hand in hand. It’s amazing how the things that make the most mess, such as slime, are always their favorites.

And as much as they love playing with this slippery stuff, it could be a major culprit to ruining their clothes. The slime adheres to the cloth in such a way that it may be impossible to remove.

But before you throw away a perfect pair of clothes, here are a few tried-and-tested methods to save them. Most of these methods have household products and are readily available in your kitchen. But if you don’t want to deal with the hassle there are a few store-bought options too.

Things to Consider

Even though the product is the same, the amount and stage of the slime could be a major deciding factor in whether or not the slime comes off.

  • Slime is completely dry.
  • Too much slime on the fabric
  • Slime had reached too deep

In such a case, you may need to apply two or three methods and some elbow grease to remove it completely.

How to Remove Slime Out of Clothes 

Once you figure out how deep the slime has gotten in your fabric you can decide which product will suit them best to remove it.

Remove With Vinegar

remove with vinegar

The most common and effective way to remove slime from your clothes is with vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar will melt the slime. You can use vinegar on both dry and wet slime. Any vinegar will work, but white vinegar is considered the best.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Vinegar
  • Scrubbing brush or toothbrush
  • Warm water

Steps to Clean

  1. Peel off as much slime as you can with the help of your thumb or a scrubbing brush
  2. If the slime has completely dried, apply some ice to the stained area.
  3. Cover the stained area with white vinegar. 
  4. Leave it for 2-3minutes but don’t let the vinegar dry out.
  5. Scrub the area for 2-3 minutes with your hand or scrubbing brush.
  6. Rinse the area with lukewarm water.
  7. Now, with the help of detergent, wash your clothes and let them dry.

Use Baking Soda

use baking soda

Baking soda is everybody’s go-to cleaner in our household. It removes stains, sanitizes, deodorizes, polishes, cuts through grease, and much more. You may not be aware that the same baking soda can be used to remove slime from your clothes as well.

NOTE: This method is advised if the stain is too strong and in an excess amount.

What You Need

  • Baking soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Ice
  • Scrubbing brush or toothbrush
  • Water

Steps to Clean

  1. Using a scrubbing brush or your hands remove as much slime as possible.
  2. Now make a thick paste with baking soda and equal parts of white vinegar, and water.
  3. Apply it generously all over the stained area until the stain is no longer visible. 
  4. Leave it for 5-7 minutes. Let the paste dry completely.
  5. With the help of a scrubbing brush or toothbrush, remove the paste.
  6. Now clean the stained area with the help of warm water
  7. Apply detergent and wash the cloth as usual.

 Use Nail Polish Remover, Rubbing Alcohol, or Acetone

Use-Nail-Polish-Remover-Rubbing-Alcohol-or-Acetone

Nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or acetone are considered the best for removing glue-based slime. 

CAUTION:  These products are slightly acidic, so it is advised to use a small amount on the fabric and see if they harm the fabric or not before applying in the large amount.

What You Need

  • Nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or acetone
  • Cotton pad
  • Water

Steps 

  1. Soak the cotton pad with nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or acetone, whichever is available.
  2. Now dab on the stain portion of the cloth.
  3. With each dab, you can see some amount of slime getting attached to the cotton ball.
  4. Repeat the process until all of the slime is removed from your clothes.
  5. Once the slime is removed, wash the cloth as usual.

Use Liquid Laundry Detergent

use-liquid-laundry-detergent.

You can use laundry detergent to remove slime from your clothes. You can use any laundry detergent, but baby detergent is best for removing slime.

What You Need

  • Liquid detergent (preferably used for washing baby clothes)
  • Tweezers 
  • Warm water
  • Ice cubes (if slime has dried onto clothes) 

Steps to Clean

  1. First, scrape off as much slime as possible with the help of tweezers or your hand.
  2. Place some ice or put the cloth in the freezer for 2-3 minutes if the slime has dried up completely.
  3. Peel off the slime it will be easier to remove it now
  4. After peeling off now pour a small amount of liquid detergent onto the stained area.
  5. Let the detergent remain for 10 minutes. Now rub the stained area with your hands.
  6. Soak the cloth in hot water. And wash it away. 
  7. Repeat the process, if the slime is too deep and requires more cleaning.
  8. Once the slime disappears, wash the cloth as usual. 

Use Liquid Dish Soap or Hand Soap

Use Liquid Dish Soap or Hand Soap

Dish soap and hot water are easy and quick fixes to remove stains from the kitchen as well as clothes. The non-concentrated form of dish soap is considered best for removing slime from your clothes. However, if you only have concentrated dish soap, you can simply add some water to it and use it.

 You can even replace dish soap with hand soap if dish soap is not available. Clear hand soap is the best option though. This method is suitable if the slime is wet. 

What Do You Need

  • Non-concentrated dish soap
  • water

Steps to Clean

  1. Pour dish soap on the stained area.
  2. Let the dish soap remain there for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Now rub the area where there is slime profusely under the running water 
  4. Repeat the process until the slime is out of your cloth completely.
  5. Once you no longer see the slime on your clothes, wash the clothes with laundry detergent and clean water.
  6. Let them dry up.

Use Club Soda

use club soda

Club soda is probably the oldest cleaning agent and we all have used this at least once to soothe an upset tummy. But did you know the carbonation and sodium in Club Soda makes it the best cleanser for your household too? And the same can be used to remove slime from your clothes as well.

What You Need

  • Club soda
  • Salt
  • scrubbing brush or toothbrush
  • laundry detergent
  • water

Steps to Clean

  1. Remove as much slime as you can with the help of a scrubbing brush or toothbrush.
  2. Mix two cups of club soda with one tablespoon of salt.
  3. Apply the mixture on the stained area, and start rubbing with your hand or scrubbing brush.
  4. Repeat it until the slime is completely out of clothes.
  5. Make sure you wash your cloth with clean warm water separately and let it air dry.

Windex

windex

Yes, the same Windex which is used for cleaning windows is another best alternative for cleaning slime. Windex is used to remove sticky things.  

CAUTION: Windex is not suitable for all types of clothes. So we advise patching the test before applying.

What Do You Need

  • Windex
  • Detergent
  • Water

Steps to Clean

  1. Start by pouring some Windex on the stained area
  2. Remove as much slime as possible with the help of a scrubbing brush or your hands.
  3. Once all the slime gets out of the cloth, rinse it with clean, warm water.
  4.  And wash it with the help of laundry detergent as usual.

Other Slime Removing Products

Other Slime Removing Products

And if none of the above methods works or if it is too much work you can simply buy some readily available products to remove slime.

WARNING: Always check the back label to see if it’s suitable for your fabric or not.

What You Need

  • Any slime removing products 
  • Detergent
  • Water

Steps to Clean

  1. You can apply these products to the stained area and rub them in. 
  2. Rinse with clean water
  3. Repeat the process, if the slime is not off of your cloth. 
  4. Remember to wash your clothes with laundry detergent and clean water separately later.

NOTE: There are many other slimes removing chemicals available on the market, but they are not suitable for all types of fabric. You need to be sure if those chemicals can withstand your fabric before you apply them. As a result, the above-mentioned homemade products are simple and safe to use to remove slime from your clothes.

Can You Remove a Dry Slime Stains Out of Clothes?

Sometimes wet slime is hard to remove as it depends upon what it is made up of. If you have tried all the methods and none seems to help, then the only option you are left with is to let the slime dry first. As the dried slime is easy to flake off.

You can use your nails, tweezers, toothbrush, or scrubbing brush to remove the dried slime from the cloth. It is just like removing gum from your clothes. 

Once the slime is out of clothes, use vinegar, nail polish remover, baking soda, and laundry detergent to remove the remaining stains as mentioned above. But do not forget to wash the cloth separately with clean water when you apply these items.