How to Remove Silly Putty

It involves a lot of cursing.

Somehow, in the middle of the night, my daughter got a glob of Silly Putty adhered to her favorite fleece nightgown as well as the elastic band on the leg of her underwear. My kids bring all sorts of weird things to bed with them, but this was new. When I studied the situation in the morning, I realized it wasn’t going to be easy to come out. But eventually, it did. Sort of.

This is what I did, step by step.

1.) I cursed.

2.) But then I Googled. There were a surprising array of answers ranging from applying WD40 to Goo Gone to lighter fluid. Why yes, setting the pieces on fire would solve my problem, I suppose. The easiest suggestion, though, was to freeze the Silly Putty then scrape it off.

3.) I set the articles in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes. Once enough time elapsed, I sacrificed a butter knife and began to scrape against the fibers. I scraped and scraped. It wasn’t working.

4.) At which point, I cursed some more.

5.) Next, I tried Goo Gone, which is a magic adhesive releaser. I applied a generous amount with a cotton ball on the puttied areas, letting it set in. Then, I took the same sacrificial butter knife and scraped. After a lot of careful scraping, most of the Silly Putty was removed, though not all. The sticky remainder wouldn’t budge.

6.) I gave up.

7.) I cursed even more.

Eventually, I found a great way to remove the Silly Putty. Throw the thing away and buy new. Because even if it’s your favorite, it’s just not worth.


  1. says

    I always consult google, it’s the best. And I would have done the same thing, just throw the darn thing away. I have 2 kids that wouldn’t have noticed and my Lila notices if I throw a piece of her ‘favorite lint’ away. Cute but frustrating.
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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on February 21st, 2012

    @Marie@feedingfive, That’s funny. My kids are late noticers. They may not notice today, but a week from now they will and then throw a fit.


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