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How to remove playdough and silly putty from every surface in the house

Discover our tips on how to get putty and playdough from all types of surfaces in your house - from carpets to clothes.


By Cleanipedia Team

piles of playdough or silly putty

Playdough and silly putty may provide hours of fun for your kids, but they’re sticky and inevitably get caught up in everything. There are easy ways to limiting damage playdough or silly putty might do at home. We’ll share tips for how to get putty out of clothes and remove playdough from carpet in our step-by-step guide.

When you’re trying to remove playdough from carpet, clothes and other surfaces, water and a stiff brush is the easiest way to make sure you remove all traces.

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How to get putty and playdough out of clothes

Putty is easier than you may think to remove from clothing with these steps:

  1. Scrape away as much putty as possible with a spoon or similar blunt item.
  2. Chill the putty with ice cubes or by placing the item in the freezer.
  3. Use a soft bristled brush to scrape away the hardened putty.
  4. If a stain is left behind, use a cotton wool ball to blot it with rubbing alcohol or washing up liquid.
  5. Wash the item as normal. For kids clothes, consider using a gentle detergent like Persil Non-Bio.

If you’re wondering how to get playdough out of clothes the steps are very similar to removing putty:

  1. Remove any loose playdough.
  2. Soak the clothing in water to loosen the playdough from the fabric. We recommend doing this for around 20 – 30 minutes. 
  3. Use a soft bristled brush to scrape away any remnants.
  4. Remove leftover stains by rubbing washing up liquid into the stain.
  5. Wash the item as normal.

Steps to remove playdough and putty from carpet

Not sure how to get playdough out of carpet? Many people try sticking more playdough on top and trying to pull it up, but that doesn’t always work. Next time, try these 3 simple steps instead:

  1. Use a stiff brush to remove the playdough from your carpet fibres once its dried. Use a vacuum to collect the loose pieces.
  2. Blot any leftover stains with rubbing alcohol (or hydrogen peroxide for white carpets).
  3. Leave kitchen roll on top of the stain and let it dry before giving it one more vacuum to ensure all the residue is removed.

To learn how to get putty out of carpet you need to use a different cleaning solution than with putty:

  1. Mix one cup of water with two tablespoons of good quality detergent like Persil.
  2. Use a cotton ball to blot the area with your solution, ensuring the putty is fully covered.
  3. Leave the solution to soak for 20 minutes. Then use a damp cloth to wipe the area clean.

Health Warning

Never mix cleaning chemicals, particularly strong chemicals like hydrogen peroxide or anything containing bleach. Doing so could release a toxic gas, impact your health, or damage the item you’re trying to clean.

How to get putty and playdough off your kids!

It’s not just clothes and carpets that can become stained during playtime. When it comes to understanding how to get putty out of hair there are 3 simple steps.

  1. Rub baby oil into the hair, massaging it into the scalp and wherever the putty is.
  2. Gently comb the hair with a fine-tooth comb.
  3. Wash the hair with shampoo.

And that’s it: our step-by-step guide on how to remove playdough and putty from carpets, clothes, and your kids! Next time your kids want to get creative, you don’t have to worry about the clean up. Having trouble with getting slime out of clothes and carpets as well? We have the answers for you.

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