Have you frantically typed “how to remove slime from clothes” into google lately? If not, there’s a good chance you will if your kids love to make slime! It’s inevitable. Slime meets clothes. Goop gets stuck to clothes. Clothing is ruined. Or is it?
If you get right on that lump of goopy slime as soon as possible, you can save your favorite shirt! Check out our best ways to remove slime from clothes using two different methods. Homemade slime recipes are a blast for kids to make with each other, but slime can get a little messy.
LEARN HOW TO GET SLIME OUT OF CLOTHES
WHAT WILL REMOVE SLIME FROM CLOTHES?
A while back we did a fun experiment with what dissolves slime for a quick chemistry activity with some leftover homemade slime. I will save that for another day since you are here to clean up the mess and learn how to remove slime from clothes!
The kids had a blast I bet! They made awesome stretchy slime that got all over everything including their favorite t-shirts. Now what? If you googled how to get slime out of clothes, you landed here. We put our own shirts to the test.
We have a few simple tips and tricks and two methods for removing slime from clothes….
DO NOT TRY TO WASH CLOTHES WITH SLIME STUCK TO THEM IN WASHING MACHINE FIRST!
In our house we do have a few simple ground rules when playing with diy slime to minimize the mess and opportunities for slimy accidents. You can download our FREE SLIME RULES SHEET by clicking on black button below image.
HOW TO REMOVE SLIME FROM CLOTHES WITH VINEGAR
One of our best ways to remove slime from clothes is with plain old white vinegar. Remember above when I mentioned our chemistry experiment with slime? We used vinegar to dissolve slime, and it’s been proven effective on both clothing and hair as well!
- Try to catch the spill as soon as possible. Dried on slime is much more challenging and time consuming to remove. Slime will stay fairly pliable most of the day, so even if you don’t catch it right away, you still have some time.
- Remove as much of the excess slime from the clothing as possible with your fingers. White glue slime is going to be more difficult to completely pick off then clear glue slime will be for you.
Grab the bottle of vinegar and get ready to put those arm muscles to use! There isn’t a magic formula to this other then pour and scrub. You can see that we have a pretty black shirt here and the color wasn’t damaged!
Note: we keep plenty of baking soda and vinegar on hand for our science experiments! It’s also a classic kitchen or pantry staple, but if you don’t have any readily available, see our second way to remove slime below.
You can go ahead and pour vinegar onto your goopy slime spot! I highly recommend doing this over a sink, outside, or even in a container, so you don’t add more mess to the situation!
Next, grab a clean scrub brush and get to work. The vinegar will help to dissolve the slime as you scrub. Depending on the level of slime mess, you may have to repeat this a few times until all the slime is removed.
Once you have removed the slime from your clothes, you can give the clothing a good rinse and toss it it in the washing machine. Wash as normal, and you will be good to go!
Slime removed! It’s not a two minute process, but you can save a favorite piece of clothing from a slime-fest aftermath.
HOW TO REMOVE SLIME FROM CLOTHES WITH DAWN DISH SOAP
As I mentioned above, we have two ways to remove slime from clothes! You just learned how to get slime out of clothes with vinegar, now check out the process using dish soap.
This slime removal process is best done in a sink where you have access to running water!
Again, you want to remove as much of the stuck on slime possible from the fabric. You can see we also have plenty of glitter going on here. It’s like a Christmas colored disaster below, but don’t worry! The shirt came out as good as new.
Grab the bottle of Dawn. Note, we haven’t tested out additional varieties of dish soap as we love Dawn for making our homemade bubble solution too.
You can squirt a generous amount of dish soap onto the slimy area and using both a steady stream of water and your hands, scrub the cloth together.
You will see the slime cleans up pretty nicely, and you can wash the shirt as usual in the washing machine afterwards. Remember not to put clothing with slime stuck on it directly into the washing machine. You don’t want chunks of slime all over your other clothes or inside of washer!
Plenty of suds and water to remove that stuck on slime from your shirt!
I hope you had some success removing slime from your clothes, or even better you never have to use any of these ideas to remove slime from clothing. However, messy play usually results in some sort of mess.
Why not be prepared with special slime shirts just for slime making time! Tweens and teens will have much more control over their slime making abilities, but be prepared that younger kids will inevitably get slime on their clothing from time to time. I’ve gotten some on mine too!
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