How To Get Slime Out Of Carpet, Fabrics, Hair, and More

by John Griffith

If you have kids, you’ve most likely been unlucky enough to have already encountered slime. And yes, while its slimy textures can be relaxing to play with, and it’s super fun, you never know where it’ll eventually end up. However, somehow it always ends up in places where you want it the least. Whether that be on the carpet, on your clothes or on the wall, it’s a hassle. But don’t worry! Slime won’t necessarily ruin your clothes and carpets, even if they have fallen victim to this sticky goo. All it takes is a bit of patience, elbow grease, some tips, tricks, and you’ll be able to get it off from your beautiful carpet soon enough. Remove yourself easily from the sticky situation with this easy guide on how to get slime out of carpet, fabrics, hair, and more!

Slime comes in many colors, designs, and consistencies 

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What Exactly is Slime?

There are multiple variations of this gooey goodness. As different types contain multiple contrasting ingredients, they can be a bit tricky to clean off of things. Within itself slime usually contains things like glue, food coloring, glitter, water, and starch. The food coloring makes it even more of a hassle. You need to make sure to treat it right in order to keep the carpets, clothes and other things from staining. Let’s take a look at some variations, so you know what strategies to pick when it comes to cleaning. On the bright side if silly putty is also an issue in your house, the following methods should work just as well for it as they will for the slime.

How to get slime out of carpet, fabrics, hair, and more

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Classic Slime

This type can be recognized by its thick texture. It’s the most common slime found in stores, and it’s very durable. The good thing about it is that it doesn’t stick to things, such as carpets. And if it dries out it can be scraped off gently.

The classic slime is thick in texture

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Butter Slime

This slime is smooth and slick. It has the texture similar to that of putty. This means it’s quite slippery, and it stretches easily. It also pops like gum. Look out for this type as it tends to stick.

Butter slime has a texture like putty

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Sugar Slime

Sugar slime contains tiny beads or decorations withing itself, which gives it a crunchy texture. It doesn’t tend to stick when it’s wet, but some variants will harden and become hard to clean.

This type of slime features a lot of decoration and pieces in it

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Cloud Slime

This type of goo is the best one. It isn’t too sticky, it’s a fluffy and soft slime, and it rolls off most surfaces. It’s like fluffy clay. If you’re looking to bring slime into your home, this is the go-to choice.

If you’re wondering what slime to buy, this is the best one

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Jelly Slime

You have seen such slime on channels like Nickelodeon, especially during the Kids Awards when they throw it over people. It’s a real disaster. This type is the hardest to remove and is a real pain when it comes to cleaning it off any types of surfaces.

Jelly slime is the hardest to clean up

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How To Get Slime Out Of Carpet Easily?

Rather sooner than later, the slime has somehow made its way into your home. Whether it’s been played with for 10 minutes or for days, it will eventually get on the carpet. Addressing the slime as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do, however that isn’t always feasible, so let’s see how to get slime out of carpet.

Address the slime as quickly as possible 

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Wet Slime

If the slime is still fresh, there are three things you can do to achieve the best results. Keep in mind to test both methods on an inconspicuous part of the carpet first. This is to make sure they don’t change the color of it.

  • Remove any excess slime. Soak the spot with a couple drops of dish soap and water. Cover it with a wet cloth. Let the solution sit for at least an hour before attempting to remove it.
  • Get rid of the surplus of slime. Soak the spot with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. This type of solution is used for many things, including cleaning boots and shoes. Just as with the dish soap cover the part with a cloth and let it sit.
  • Once again, get rid of any excess slime. Create a mixture with a ratio of 1/3 warm water and 2/3 rubbing alcohol. Dip a cloth into it and blot the area.
  • You can also try with some plain club soda. The carbonic acid acts as a gentle, dissolving cleaning agent. Apply some to the area and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Blot away and let the area dry.

After you have let the solutions sit, or you’ve blotted enough, work at the slime with a heavy-duty scrub brush for the super sticky parts. You can chip away at it with a butter knife or spoon and when the carpet is dry, use a vacuum.

Always remove the excess slime before starting to clean 

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Dried Slime

Not every time you’ll be able to get to the slime in time, and that’s completely okay. Things like this happen. There are plenty of tips on how to tackle dry slime as well. The most important thing is to remember is that you need to rehydrate it beforehand.

  • Soak and wring out a cloth or sponge with some warm water. Gently blot the slime to help it rehydrate and soften it. Make sure you are not rubbing it further into the carpet. Use a plucking motion with the cloth or sponge to remove the slime from the fibers. Continue with a spoon or butter knife if you deem it fit.
  • Remove any excess slime as much as you can. Place a few ice cubes on the dried residue and allow the ice to freeze the slime. Repeat the process if needed. Wait until the carpet is dry and vacuum any stray pieces.

If the slime dries, there are plenty of tips how to tackle it 

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How To Get Slime Out Of Fabric?

Getting slime on your clothes, or any pieces of fabric for that matter, can be such a pain. But don’t fret, getting some goo on them won’t destroy the fabric. All you require the right supplies and a bit of patience.

We know how to get slime out of carpet, but lets how to get it out of clothes

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Wet Slime

If you managed to find the slime stain while it’s still wet, there are a couple of things to try out. Other than knowing how to get slime out of carpet, knowing how to correctly remove it from any type of fabric will come in handy.

  • Scrape off the excess slime. Pour some white vinegar on the spot and allow it to saturate from 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Or use some rubbing alcohol, it should do the same trick as the vinegar.
  • Rub some laundry detergent and rinse it under warm water.
  • If the stain seems really stubborn, use a toothbrush to scrub the problem area. After that, rinse it with warm water.

You can use vinegar, rubbing alcohol, laundry detergent and more

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Dried Slime

Don’t worry even if the slime has already dried, you can still try out some of these methods to safely remove it

  • As per usual, remove any surplus of slime from the surface. Create a paste by mixing together the power duo of cleaning – baking soda and vinegar. Apply it to the dried slime in layers and leave it on until the paste fully dries. Wipe it away with a cloth and some warm water.
  • Scrape off the slime from the surface. If you can’t get it fully off, grab an ice cube and as we mentioned before, freeze the area. If the slime has food coloring in it, and will leave a potential stain, you need to soak the clothing or fabric in some warm water and oxygen whitening mixture. After soaking, use a stain remover if there is any remaining discoloration. Repeat if necessary.

Use the ice to rehydrate and freeze the slime

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How To Get Slime Off Couch?

If you have upholstered furniture in the house and slime has made its way onto them, here are some simple tricks to get rid of it. Keep in mind these are mainly for when the slime has already dried.

  • The ice cube and scrape method is the best when it comes to upholstery.
  • You can also use the club soda trick or some rubbing alcohol. Once the spot is wet, lift the goo with a spoon or knife, then blot dry with a clean towel.
  • After removing the slime, spray the area with an enzyme-based stain remover. Just make sure it’s safe to use on the type of affected upholstery. After you have sprayed the spot, use a damp cloth to gently blot the affected area.

Don’t worry, you can still save the couch, even after the slime

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How To Get Slime Out Of Hair?

Nobody wants slime in their hair. But if it somehow got there, don’t reach for the scissors just yet. There are other ways that can help you keep your hair intact and slime-free.

  • Use a gel based hand sanitizer. Apply it to the affected hair and rub gently. After that rinse it out. Repeat until you remove all the slime. Follow with a good shampoo and a deep conditioner that will help revitalize the hair.

Slime and hair is a bad combination

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How To Get Slime Off Wall?

Who doesn’t love some fresh slime on the wall? The answer is pretty much nobody. So, are you sitting in front of the colorful goo, wondering how to correctly remove it from your beautiful wall? Here are the tips and tricks we’ve got for you. Remember to be gentle, so you don’t get any of the paint or wallpaper off the wall alongside the slime.

  • Blot the slime off the wall with a cloth dipped in a solution of warm water and gentle dish soap.
  • If any residue remains, scrub it off with an abrasive cleaner or a baking soda and water paste. Use the scrubby side of the sponge.

Be careful when scrubbing the wall, as you don’t want to get paint off as well

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Now you know all the tips and tricks when it comes to how to get slime out of carpet, out of your hair, fibers, walls, and others. So, the next time this gooey, sticky, colorful mess enters your house you can be prepared and be confident in cleaning it!

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.