How to Get Silly Putty Out of Sheets

Silly Putty has been used by physical therapists for rehabilitative therapy of hand injuries, as a household lint picker-upper and even by Apollo astronauts to secure tools in zero gravity. Originally designed as a potential rubber substitute for use during World War II, Silly Putty found its way into our hearts as a toy loved by children of all ages.

While providing hours of fun, Silly Putty can also create hours of headaches for parents getting the gunkie putty off fabric and sheets. It stretches, it bounces and left to its own devices it will "flow" into a pool of goo on any surface.

Step 1

Keep the fabric as cool as possible and stretch the fabric as much as you can.

Step 2

Scrape as much Silly Putty from the sheet as you can with the back edge of the butter knife or spoon. Remove or vacuum any debris from the surface.

Step 3

Spray the soiled area with WD-40 lubricant and let it penetrate the fabric for 3-5 minutes. Wipe the area clean with a clean, soft cloth.

Step 4

Coat the area again with WD-40 and wipe off after several minutes to lift any remaining residue.

Step 5

Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Blot the stained area with the cotton ball and wipe area with a clean cloth

Step 6

Wet a sponge until damp and add a small amount of dish soap if residue remains. Rub the area until it is clean. Then allow it to air-dry.

Step 7

Launder sheets separately.