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How to get slime out of clothes and carpet: The ultimate guide

Try our tips to remove slime from carpet and clothes to keep playtime fun for everyone.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Slime is a great way to provide endless hours of fun for kids: it's quick to make, sticky and easy to manipulate. But what happens when it gets stuck somewhere it shouldn’t – like the carpet or behind the sofa? Learning how to get slime off carpet and remove slime from clothes is vital if you don’t want the fun to stop. Try our tips below next time your kids want to play with slime.

Whether you want to learn how to remove slime from carpet or clothes, the process is very similar. Use a homemade cleaner of white vinegar and water, and work slowly to avoid damaging the fabrics and fibres.

How to get slime out of clothes

You can remove slime from clothes in 4 easy steps using a simple homemade cleaner made of warm water and white vinegar.

  1. Add two-parts white vinegar to one-part warm water. Try to make enough fluid to cover the size of the areas you’re cleaning but don’t worry if you make a little extra – white vinegar is a very versatile cleaner that can be put to plenty of other uses!

  2. Place the clothes in the sink and add the solution. Gently work the slime away from the clothing, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands. 

  3. For stubborn slime residue, rub washing up liquid into the slime. Rub the material together with the washing up liquid, covering the slime, to lift it from the clothes.

  4. Wash your clothing as normal when done. Avoid using high temperatures or drying in a tumble dryer until you’re sure all slime has been removed safely.

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How to get slime out of carpet

Using the same homemade cleaner and 5 easy steps this time, we’ll show you how to get slime out of a carpet. You’ll also need a soft-bristled brush, clean towel, and vacuum cleaner to help you remove slime from carpet fibres.

  1. Add two-parts white vinegar to one-part warm water as you did previously.

  2. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently rub the warm water and vinegar solution into the slime. This should help to loosen it from the carpet.

  3. Blot the area with a clean, dry towel. Do not rub the fibres as this can make the slime even harder to remove.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 as needed. Keep repeating until you’re sure all slime is removed.

  5. Vacuum to finish. This will pick up any loose particles of slime.

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Now you know how to remove slime from clothes and carpets, you know nothing will stand in the way of your kids’ playtime.

Key Steps

  • Use white vinegar and warm water to make an easy homemade cleaner to remove slime from clothes and carpets.

  • Use washing up liquid to remove stubborn slime from clothing. 

  • Wash clothes and vacuum carpets as normal after you’ve removed slime from them to keep them fresh.

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