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A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

Remember that day not too long ago where my day was so epically bad that I had to post about it? Yeah, the day with not one, but two potty-training accidents in an hour, spilled milk and flour, scorched dinner, and general chaos?

Remember how I ended that night with such a sweet surprise of silly putty in my back jean pocket?

Well, good news!

I got all that silly putty out, even the deeply smashed in parts, and it was ridiculously simple.

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

First off, as soon as I discovered the silly putty, I pulled out as much as I could. But of course, since I’d sat on it for a while before I found it, it was stuck pretty well.

There was a good bit of silly putty left smooshed into the fabric, and I had no idea how to get it off. I actually waited a day or two before even trying to tackle the mess because I was a little worried that it would require a lot of effort.

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

After I pulled out as much silly putty as I could by hand.

However, I also had a few pairs of Elijah’s jeans marked up with dry erase marker, so I decided to experiment on both problems at the same time.

I investigated silly putty remedies on Pinterest and Google, and I found that many solutions called for ice cubes or freezing the silly putty and/or rubbing alcohol and WD40.

*SPOILER ALERT* – None of those are the easy solution that I found!

I did try stuffing the pocket with ice cubes, and I managed to pick a few tiny pieces off after the ice froze the putty, but glancing around at my table, I spotted something else that I decided to try.

Hand sanitizer.

With its alcohol-base but thicker consistency, I had just seen it help somewhat to get dry erase markers out of Elijah’s jeans, and since so many silly putty solutions suggestion rubbing alcohol, the hand sanitizer was worth a try.

I turned the pocket inside out, with the putty-iest parts showing and squirted some sanitizer on it.

Life in Lape Haven: A Ridiculously Simple Way to Get Silly Putty Out of Fabric. When I ended up with a pocketful of putty from my 2-year-old, I found a very easy solution for getting silly putty out of the fabric.

Hand sanitizer on the pocket.

All I did was massage the gel into the putty and use my nails to scrub it in a bit. A few seconds of working it in, and the putty dissolved, leaving the jeans clean.

That was it. A few more squirts of the sanitizer and rubbing it in, and the pocket was done. All the silly putty was gone without a whole lot of effort.

After that, I just washed the jeans as I normally would.*

It was amazingly simple.

*Note: Since hand sanitizer is alcohol-based, it might stain some fabrics, such as silk. As with all cleaners, test an inconspicuous spot of the fabric first.


With boys, I’ve learned how to handle all kinds of stains:

How to Get Dry Erase Marker Out of Clothing

How to Get Grease Stains (even set-in ones) Out of Clothing

How to Get Grass Stains Out of Clothes


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Hi! I’m Kishona. I pour all my heart into creating a happy, Christ-centered home & haven for my sweet husband & our three little ninjas (or super heroes or Jedis…it depends on the day). I dabble in photography, concoct in the kitchen, and love sharing my adventures & the lessons I'm learning as I experience God's faithfulness through the joy & chaos of motherhood.

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  • That hand sanitizer trick for silly putty is amazing!! We had silly putty all over a mermaid snuggy tail. The hand sanitizer dissolved it right out with just a bit of rubbing it in…satin or “furry” didn’t matter what type of fabric. No staining. No silly putty. AMAZING!! So thankful I found you on Pinterest. We saved a mermaid’s tail from taking a dumpster dive!

  • I came home and found my favorite sherpa throw with silly putty dried hard in several places and it was A LOT of silly putty! I thought I’d have to throw it away. The clear hand sanitizer worked amazingly well! I did have to saturate it, work to take off chunks, then saturate again and work out with my finger nails and used a wipe to keep cleaning out of my nails and off the blanket, but with patience I was able to save the blanket. You do need to allow the hand sanitizer to sit for a few minutes, making it easier to scrape, so it wasn’t total magic, but compared to the other posts I read and mess of WD40, this was a miracle!!!

    • I’m so glad it saved your throw, Linda. Yes, sometimes it requires a little more waiting or effort, but I was really happy to find something simple that took care of it! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • That is an amazing tip! My kiddo cake in with putty on her jeans, her sweatshirt, and her robe. I googled solutions and found this. I told her about it and she took it outside and worked on it for about ten minutes. She came back in and had it all scraped off. I’m impressed!

  • My son decided the best place to test his new glow in the dark silly putty was under his covers at night. What a surprise to find in the morning! The hand sanitizer worked like a charm and even saved his favorite stuffed lovey. I can’t thank you enough.

  • This totally worked. My 10 year old got it all out herself. It was stuck on the couch cover which had been washed AND dried.

  • Yes it worked!!! So easy! I was holding my infant at the time so I put the sanitizer on and let it just sit. I came back to it and it was all disintegrated so I just did a little scraping and threw it in the wash! Favourite baby outfit saved!!!

  • My sister got putty on my dad’s really expensive shirts. I couldn’t find rubbing alcohol so I look for something else. I tried this and it worked!! Like really well. Thank you so much

  • I cannot believe how well this worked! I was ready to throw away my daughter’s car seat and buy a new one. She had it all over the seat and one of her favorite pairs of pants. I squeezed some sanitizer on them and the putty just disappeared! Thank you so much!

  • Thank you so much! I was worried that my grandmother’s quilt was ruined! I’m so glad I found this solution! I can’t thank you enough!

  • Thank you soooooooo much. The silly putty got stuck to one of my dresses today and it was a really pretty one. Using the hand sanitizer worked like a charm. Again thank you soooooooo much

  • Amazing! Just rescued my daughters white dress from silver putty! Dissolved it no issues then used some vanish to remove the last of the colour stain. Looks good as new. So glad I googled this or the dress would’ve been in the bin. Never would have thought hand sanitizer would be good for cleaning with lol. Took 10 minutes tops to remove putty about 2 inches diameter. Then 5 minutes giving it a rub with some vanish and a rinse – stain all gone. Thank you so much for this discovery!

  • After being woken up by my little boy with a lump of putty on the back of his pjs I panicked as am holiday with none of my usual cleaning aids! But I did have hand sanitizer and this really works!!! Will have to dig out hubbies shorts stained with purple putty when I get home to see if I can budge that… Thanks for the help!

    • Thank you so so much! I got 2 containers of putty on my fav pair of sheets. I got so nervous but then I tried hand sanitizer and boom the putty was gone!! I then realized I got more on my favorite comforter and blanket. I got all the putty out in about 10 minutes! You are my hero thanks so much!

  • Thank you so much. My son got putty in my blanket and i thought i would habe to throw it out. When I read on line about the ice and alcohol I thought oh man. But I ran across this and it worked like a charm. It can out so easy and it save my blanket. I can’t thank you enough.

    • You are quite welcome, Arian! I’m just sharing what worked for me because I know I’m not the only one with kids who find themselves with silly putty. 🙂 So glad it helped you, too!

  • This remedy is brilliant. I tried four different ways to remove the Melting a Snowman from my daughters brand new pajamas before I found your solution . The putty had managed to get everywhere!!!! This hand sanitizer tip is gold! Thank you sooo much. I showed my daughter the results and her tears were dried. Thank you so much. #sograteful (Sydney, Australia)

  • This was the best solution i have ever used! Thank you!!!! My kid apparently snuck it into bed with him last night and it was all over his sheets, favourite blanket and comforter 🙁 It really was amazing how quickly this worked 🙂

  • Totally worked for me! I too saw the post for wd40 and we have brand new carpet and my daughter got silly putty all over it. I didn’t want to put anything one the carpet that would ruin it. The hand sanitizer totally worked!!!

  • Thank you. This tip saved my sons favorite stuffed animal after he went to bed with silly putty one night. The stuffy was a present from my late father and irreplaceable. It worked so fast.

  • Thank you for saving my sofa from purple putty. Also sending a thank you from my son as your tips saved his putty which wasn’t on the sofa 😊

  • I had worked and worked to get putty off my granddaughter’s navy blue lace dress. The sanitizer took it out instantly! Only trouble is it also took out some color 🙁 But at least the putty is gone and maybe won’t show so much when it dries. As they say, “you can’t see the numbers on a racehorse”, so maybe on a moving child, the color difference won’t show.

  • Acetone FREE nail polish remover and blot. Then wash as usual. I have done this before on a soft beige bedroom carpet. Worked great. Good luck

  • This is a freaking miracle! My son got putty on the hoodie I bought him for back to school just a few days ago. Hand sanitizer just took it right out, I was completely shocked!

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