How to clean a splat ball

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Sold as toys, splat balls are popular with children and are also used as stress balls by adults. Balls come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are filled with liquid so, if you throw them at a wall or window, they make a satisfying splat.

Their content and a sticky coating then allows them to reshape and "walk" down the surface. Over time, this coating will pick up dust, dirt and debris and become less effective. Balls may also stop re-shaping. If your splat ball no longer sticks or pops back to its original shape, it is time to clean it.

Fill a sink or bowl with warm water. Add a little washing-up liquid or liquid hand soap. Mix it around until you see some bubbles.

Hold the splat ball in one hand over the water. Dip the fingers of your other hand into the water and gently rub all over the surface of the ball to clean it.

Put the splat ball on a clean surface and let it air-dry. Once it is fully dry, check if it feels sticky again. If it doesn't, the coating is still dirty, and you'll need to clean it again.