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How to Remove Slug Mucus

Updated February 21, 2017

Slugs are a common slimy creature found in the garden. The slug is able to move across a surface by producing a slippery, thick mucus from its pedal gland. It can also lower itself from high objects with a thin trail of mucus it excretes from its tail-pit. Slug mucus on your hands or clothing can be unpleasant owing to its unusual texture, but it can easily be removed with some basic household items.

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  1. Get rid of slug slime from your hands by leaving them to air-dry. The mucus hardens so it can then be easily brushed or rubbed off between your hands.

  2. Wash your hands thoroughly in hot water and soap, and then use a nail brush to remove any remaining slug mucus.

  3. Remove the mucus from carpet or fabric by pouring enough white wine on the trail to make it soggy. Then, leave the wine to soak the stain for ten minutes.

  4. Use a dry sponge to mop up the white wine, while gently rubbing the trail the slug has left on the carpet or fabric.

  5. Clean up the remaining wine and mucus using hot soapy water. Pat the fabric dry using paper towels. If you are removing the mucus from clothing, put them in a hot wash with washing detergent.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hot soapy water
  • Nail brush
  • White wine
  • Dry sponge
  • Paper towels

About the Author

Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.

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