Slime has made a major comeback for kids of all ages. This fun “goop” is great for stress relief, fidgeting, or just playing around! But behind every kid with slime is a parent praying they won’t drop it. Slime cleanup is a nightmare.
If you’ve found yourself in a slime situation—or you predict it in the near future—it’s time to prep yourself with the cleaning essentials. Luckily, slime cleanup doesn’t have to be hard—and you already have the necessary products lying around the house!
To know how to clean, you have to first understand what’s in slime. Most slimes—especially homemade slimes—are made with glue, Borax (sodium tetraborate), baking soda, and food coloring. The glue means it loves to stick and stain; the Borax and baking soda mean slime doesn’t respond to a lot of traditional cleaners, and the food coloring means you could end up with a hot pink or neon green stain in the middle of your white carpet.
n addition, most slimes have a high oil content. This means they’re not usually water-soluble, so the typical water-and-soap-scrubbing won’t do the trick.
So what will?
The short solution: white vinegar. Vinegar is the cleaning Pac Man that eats away at stain particles. (Learn more about the uses of white vinegar in The 5 Top Natural Cleaning Solutions.)
Your child fell asleep playing with slime, and it’s all over their favorite pair of PJs.
From the other room, you hear your child go silent. You rush in to see their innocently-guilty face staring up at you, as they stand over a pile of wet, goopy slime on the carpet
Pro-Tip: If you don’t have any white vinegar on hand, try club soda. Club soda is a stain removing master, and it doesn’t need to be rinsed off. Slowly drizzle a small amount of club soda on the spill and let it dry. This works on carpets or clothing.
Your troublemaker threw the slime against the wall, and now you’re left with a huge blue stain that even a Magic Eraser can’t touch.
… and say goodbye to slime stain!
Want to know how to eradicate stains from red wine, lipstick, gum, coffee, tea, crayons, and more? Check out: How To Remove Common Stains.