If your house hasn't been bitten by the slime bug, consider yourself lucky! We've cleaned it out of hair, carpets, and beds. The amount of money we've spent on baking soda and contact lens solution would blow your mind! Making slime is an awesome activity for kids of all ages, and it really encourages their naturally inquisitive nature. Plus it combines crafting with science, and there's nothing wrong with that. But, as with any kid craft, slime can get a little messy. Your first instinct may be to toss shirts and pants and dresses that got slimed, but not so fast! There are a couple of hacks you can try for getting slime out of clothes.
Before throwing away a perfectly good t-shirt and banning slime in your house, try freezing it! Remember that old trick to get gum out of clothes and hair? Well, it works the same with slime. Scrape off as much of the slime from the fabric as possible, then grab an ice cube and freeze what remains (or put the whole garment in the freezer). Once the slime is frozen, simply scrape off the hard bits, being careful not to pull or tear the fabric.
After you've gotten as much as you can, treat the stain with laundry detergent and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, place the garment in a large plastic container filled with hot water and let it soak for 30 minutes before tossing in the washing machine and running it through a regular cycle. But don't put it in the dryer! If you missed any slime, drying it can turn into a HUGE mess.
There's also a simpler (but stinkier) slime-removal hack that you may want to try. Again, remove all the excess slime you can from the garment. Then soak the slimed area in white vinegar. Let it sit for about five minutes. After it's done soaking, rinse in warm water, and wash as you normally would!
We all want to encourage our kids to learn and have fun. But that can get messy sometimes! So it's always a good idea to have a nice list of cleaning hacks on-hand, just in case. We know plenty of parents will appreciate knowing how to get slime out of their kid's clothes.