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How to remove therapy putty from clothing

Updated February 21, 2017

Therapy Putty, similar to Silly Putty, is a silicone polymer clay that squishes into shapes, stretches and bounces. It has a tacky hardness to it and a wet and glossy finish. Therapy Putty is often used to strengthen hand grip and improve finger dexterity through hand exercises. It is also a great stress reliever and anger management tool. Handling Therapy Putty opens up the opportunity for accidents to happen due to the stickiness of the material. Placing the putty in a pocket or on clothing will create quite a mess. Use a few common household items to remove Therapy Putty from fabric and clothing.

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  1. Scrape off Therapy Putty using the edge of a metal spoon or dull knife.

  2. Spray lubricant, such as WD-40 or a similar car part lubricant, on the putty and allow to sit for three to five minutes. The lubricant will begin to break down the stickiness of the putty.

  3. Scrape away the Therapy Putty with the spoon or knife.

  4. Re-spray the putty with the spray lubricant and wipe away the remaining stain with cotton balls.

  5. Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and blot the putty. Re-saturate the cotton ball and blot the stain until it is completely removed.

  6. Wipe away remaining stain and residue with a soft cloth moistened with liquid dish washing soap and warm water.

  7. Tip

    Test a small area of the clothing with spray lubricant and rubbing alcohol to ensure no damage is done to the fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • Metal spoon or dull-edge knife
  • Cotton balls
  • Spray lubricant (WD-40)
  • Soft cloth
  • Liquid dish washing soap
  • Rubbing alcohol

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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