Stain Nightmare? How To Get Slime Out Of Clothes Fast

Kids love to spend their time playing! And there are so many ways to provide them with interesting ways to do so. You can make your own kinetic sand or even playdough. And what about slime? With the growing popularity of homemade slime, the number of children playing with it is certain to rise. And why is that a problem? It’s not! But some parents might get a headache just by thinking of it! While kids find it entertaining just like playing with mud, it can certainly destroy clothes

Little girl making homemade slime toy

Today, we’ll go over some crucial slime removal tips, how to prevent slime stains and a terrific cleaning solution that you probably already have in your kitchen, whether you are faced with dry or simply sticky stains.

Best methods to remove slime from clothes

So, are you ready to see all the brilliant methods that we have gathered for you? Take a look!

Method 1: Vinegar

Step 1: Make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda

Apply a small bit of vinegar mixed with baking soda to the affected spot on your clothes. The pantry’s distilled white vinegar is the one recommended here. Use enough to soak the area completely.

To prevent making a big mess, do this in the sink. It’s best if you get rid of the slime as quickly as possible. It becomes increasingly difficult to remove as it dries and hardens and you end up with some slime residues. If you don’t have vinegar, use rubbing alcohol instead.

Caked-on slime can be removed with the help of an ice cube. Before you use vinegar, apply ice to the affected area. The stain will freeze and harden, making it easier to get slime out of clothing later on with vinegar.

Step 2: Use a scrub brush to work the vinegar into the slime

Scrub with hard pressure to allow the bristles to penetrate the sludge and break it up. The vinegar’s acidity will dissolve the sludge.

Depending on the intensity of the stain, you may need to apply extra vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit for 3 to 5 minutes before beginning to scrape for harder stains. Use an old toothbrush or a towel if you don’t have a scrub brush.

Step 3: Rinse with warm water

Rinse off the vinegar in the sink once you’ve removed all of the gunge. Use your fingers to work away any slime remnants while running water over the area.

If you detect a spot you missed, repeat the vinegar scrubbing and rinse process. The clothes do not have to be entirely submerged. To clean the area, use a spray bottle loaded with water or a damp sponge.

Baking soda and vinegar

Step 4: Remove any remaining slime with dish soap

Squirt a couple of drops of dish soap on the slime to remove any remaining stickiness. Rub the fabric together to massage the dish soap into the stain.

Liquid dish soap of any sort or brand should be fine. This will also help to get rid of some of the vinegar smell. If you’re not going to wash the clothes, rinse them out before wearing them.

Step 5: Always follow your clothes’ care label instructions when washing

Put your clothes in the laundry if they can be machine washed. Take it to the dry cleaners if it needs to be dry cleaned, and hand wash it immediately if it needs to be hand-washed.

First, check the specific instructions on the care tag. If you simply got a small spot wet and want to wear your clothes right away, dab it dry with a new dry towel and you are good to go.

Close up of hand holding label with users manual of clothing item

Method 2: Laundry detergent

Step 1: Remove as much slime as possible 

Remove with your hands or tweezers as carefully as possible. Be careful not to rip or damage the clothes.

You can also put the clothes in the freezer for a few minutes as this will help freeze hard stains and will make it easier to remove them.

Never put slime-covered clothes straight into the washing machine. The stain has the potential to spread to other areas or to other clothes in the washing machine.

Step 2: Rub liquid laundry detergent into the affected area 


A modest amount of detergent should be applied to the spot. Rub the fabric together with your hands to work the liquid deep into the area. You can use any kind of liquid detergent you choose, whether it’s unscented or has brighteners. Make sure to check if it has bleach in it. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves.

Wear rubber or plastic gloves to avoid getting detergent on your hands if you have sensitive skin, or use a gentler detergent.

Step 3: Allow 10 minutes for the detergent to work

This softens any remaining slime and allows the detergent to work effectively on the stain.

To keep track of the time, use the kitchen timer or the clock app on your phone. Allow no more than 10 minutes for the detergent to soak into the clothes. It contains acid and enzymes that dissolve stains, but if left on for too long, they can harm textiles.

Step 4: Stir the item in a dishpan filled with hot water

The hotter the water is, the more it will react with the soap and break up the slime. To make sure the clothing is completely saturated, gently swish it around in the water.

Pour enough water into the dishpan to completely submerge the clothes. Use a plastic bucket or another large container if you don’t have a dishpan. You can also use the washer to soak your clothes. Place your clothing into the chamber and fill it halfway with water.

A bunch of clothes soaking in water

Step 5: Allow 30 minutes for the clothing to soak in the water

Check the label on your clothing to see if it can tolerate wetness. During the 30 minutes, feel free to swirl the item around in the water.

Set a timer to remind you when the half-hour has passed. It will not harm the clothing if you soak it for more than that. Additional soaking time can be beneficial for a harder stain.

Step 6: Remove the clothing from water and machine-wash it if possible

Follow the care instructions on your clothing’s label. If the clothing can’t be laundered in the machine, hand-wash it accordingly. You can wash other clothes with the slime-covered piece as long as the bulk of the slime has been removed.

Step 7: Dry

Some items can be tumble dried, while others, especially those that are more delicate, should be air-dried. If you’re not sure, the safest option is to air dry. As a general rule of thumb, clothes made of silk or wool, as well as those with embellishments, should not be tumble dried.

Method 3: Acetone and nail polish remover

Slime can be made in a variety of ways, as many kids will tell you. Some substances are more difficult to work with than others. Glue is one of the most commonly used substances in slime. The use of glue might lead to a lot of complications.

One of the finest ways for eliminating slime made of glue is to use acetone or nail polish remover. Here is how to use acetone to get get rid of slime:

Pure acetone solution in brown glass amber bottle inside a chemistry laboratory

Step 1: Remove as much as you can

First, brush away any excess slime using a delicate brush. Make sure not to damage the fabric. Use gentle motions.

Step 2: Cover with acetone

Use a cotton ball soaked in acetone to gently dab the affected region. Acetone will start to dissolve the slime and aid in the removal from your clothing item in no time.

Step 3: Wash your piece of clothing 

After you’ve used your acetone to treat the stained spot, you can wash the piece of clothing as usual. One thing to keep in mind is that acetone will most likely discolour your clothes.

While this method is promising, it’s better to use it only on white clothes and in small amounts. 

How to remove dried slime from clothes

If it seems like it’s too late for your clothes, then think again! The stain might have dried and look like a big mess, but there are some steps that you can follow and save it. Here’s what you need to do:

Dirty children's clothes are scattered on a wooden table next to washing powders

Step 1: Remove the dried slime with a knife or a sharp object

Carefully scrape as much as possible with a butter knife or the edge of a credit card and some paper towels

Step 2: Wash the item in water

Begin by placing the fabric directly under a cold-water faucet that is flowing at full force. This will assist in the removal of the slime from the cloth fibres.

Step 3: Make a cleaning solution

Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cool water.

Step 4: Soak

Allow the item to soak for at least eight hours after completely submerging it in the mixture. The dye component will be removed during this period.

Step 5: Wash your item in the washing machine

If the stain has disappeared after soaking, wash your item as usual. If it persists, make a new solution and repeat the process once more.

How to prevent slime stains

Time for some useful tips that will save you from trouble! Have a look!

  • Keep slime play in the kitchen. If kids try to smuggle some into their rooms, it will be difficult to get slime out of carpets and upholstery. The stain will be much easier to clean up in the kitchen right away.
  • Protect your surfaces. Slime can discolour your surfaces, so make sure you cover them with some protective coverings. For this, you can use an old newspaper or a plastic tablecloth. Make sure the floor is also covered.
  • Make sure your child wears old clothes or a protective apron when participating in slime play. An apron can be made out of an old men’s shirt.
  • To prevent slime out of their hair strands, tie their hair up in a ponytail or braids.

Kid Playing Hand Made Toy slime
Slime can be removed from practically any item of clothing with a little patience and a few basic DIY methods. Your clothes can be saved, whether the slime is fresh or dry. Who says slime is difficult to remove? Follow our methods and you’ll clean it like a pro!

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