How to Remove Silly Putty From Soft Plastic

Silly Putty is a moldable children's toy product made by the Crayola company. It is meant to be stored in its plastic egg container, but if a child places it onto another surface like fabric or plastic, it can be extremely sticky and difficult to remove. Once Silly Putty gets stuck to a soft plastic surface, it is not a lost cause. You just have to gently dissolve the product's adhesive before you can attempt to remove it or you'll damage the plastic underneath.

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Step 1

Apply a thin coating of grease lubricant spray onto the Silly Putty on the soft plastic. Buff the spray onto the stain gently with a soft terrycloth towel.

Step 2

Dampen a cotton ball lightly with rubbing alcohol. Dab the Silly Putty stain gently with the cotton ball to dissolve the stain.

Step 3

Wet another cotton ball with clean, cool water. Wipe the stain to remove any lingering grease lubricant spray or rubbing alcohol.

Step 4

Dampen a second clean washcloth with clean, cool water and apply a small amount of liquid soap (about 1 tsp). Rub the cloth together to form a light lather, then rub the stain area gently to get rid of any stubborn pieces of Silly Putty.

Step 5

Wet a sponge with cold water and wipe away the soap, then let the soft plastic dry. Repeat the entire process an additional time if any Silly Putty remains behind.