What In The Slime?

Date: 10-03-2018

Many parents of children of broad ages, there was a time when our households were slime free.  In most cases this doesn't seem to the case nor does it look like it will ever go back to households being a slime free environments.

When most of us were kids, the only thing remotely close to slime was a thing sold in a either a red egg or a yellow container.  Now kids are going to Walmart, Target, and Michael's to buy gallons of Elmer's glue, to create the ultimate in gooey fun.

Creative? Sure! Fun for the kids? Yup! So what could be the problem with this? The problem is that it's only a matter of time until the slime ends up where you don't want it.  The carpet, a shirt, tangled in their hair, on a pet, or worse on a piece of furniture.

So how does one retaliate when the slime attacks the tranquil environments within the walls of our houses.

The first key to the cleanup is to know what mixture was used to make it.  Most homemade slime consist of glue, sodium tetraborate (borax), baking soda, and food coloring.

Consisting of these three items mean the slime very very very stubborn.  The glue makes the slime sticky, the borax and baking soda will make the slime resistant to regular soap, and the food coloring will tint any fabric.

Most slime will also be oily.  Not being water-soluble, means soap and water will not work, leading to this post.


When it comes to slim, white vinegar is your best friend!!

 

Clothing 

  • Remove  the excess slime from the clothing. If wet, use a paper towel or pick  it up with your hands. If dried, gently scrape off using a spoon or  butter knife. It should come off easily; don’t pull or force it off as  this could damage the fabric.
  • Soak the area in white vinegar.
  • Let it soak for 5 minutes. Don’t let the vinegar dry or evaporate.
  • Run warm water over the area. This will help rinse off any slime particles that the vinegar dislodged.
  • Wash the garment as normal. Be sure to choose the appropriate washing method for the clothing’s fabric 


Carpet 

  • Remove the  excess slime. If wet, use a paper towel or pick it up with your hands.  If dried, gently scrape off using a spoon or butter knife. It should  come off easily: don’t pull or force it off as this could damage the  carpeting.
  • Soak the area in white vinegar.
  • Let it soak for 5 minutes. Don’t let the vinegar dry or evaporate.
  • Run warm water over the area.
  • Pat and blot dry with a paper towel. Do not rub.
  • Vacuum to remove any leftover particles.


Walls 

  • Remove  the excess slime. If wet, use a paper towel or pick it up with your  hands. If dried, gently scrape off using a spoon or butter knife. It  should come off easily; don’t pull or force it off as this could rip  paint or wallpaper.
  • Mix a paste of baking soda and water.  Add a small amount of vinegar for extra cleaning power. (Vinegar will  drip down the wall on its own, so you need an exfoliating, sturdy paste  to help fight gravity while you fight stains.)
  • Stir slowly until the paste is thick. If still not thick enough, add more baking soda.
  • Place  a towel or protective covering on the floor beneath the stain. The  paste (and stain) could drip down and damage the floors underneath if  not properly protected.
  • Wearing rubber gloves, apply the paste directly on the stain. Allow the paste to sit on top of the stain.
  • Let the paste dry. Usually, this will take 1-2 hours.
  • Brush the dry paste off with a paper towel.

 

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