How To Get Silly Putty Out of Carpet

Silly Putty can provide hours of fun for your kids but can cause the adults hours of anguish if it gets into the carpet. 

How To Get Silly Putty Out of Carpet

Laundry detergent

The best way to do this is to combine 1 cup of warm water with 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent.  

Mix this solution up well and then dip cotton balls into it. Do not squeeze the excess moisture out, instead drop the wet cotton balls directly onto the silly putty in your carpet.   

Allow the cotton balls to sit on top of the putty for at least 20 minutes. Once this time has elapsed, you should remove the cotton balls and then wipe the carpet clean using a damp cloth.   

You should be able to vacuum up any remnants of silly putty left over.  

Ice and nail polish

Use a spoon or butter knife to scrape off as much of the silly putty from the carpet’s surface as possible. Once you have done this, grab an ice cube from the freezer.  

Rub the ice over the silly putty on the carpet to freeze it. It will be much easier to scrape off once it has hardened. To do this, place a few ice cubes inside a sealable ziplock bag. You should use enough ice cubes to cover the entire surface area of the silly putty on your carpet.  

Place this bag on top of the silly putty and allow it to sit for up to 3 hours to solidify. Do not rub the ice directly onto the surface of the silly putty and be sure to change out the ice regularly as it melts.  

You can now repeat the knife stage to try and chip off a little more of the silly putty.  

You should next soak a cotton ball or two in a nail polish remover containing acetone. Use these to blot the silly putty. Continue to repeat this process until all of the silly putty has lifted from the carpet fibers.  

If you do not have nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol will work as a good substitute. 

Use a clean and dry cloth to blot the moisture from the carpet’s fibers. Make sure you dab the area and not rub it.  

Stain remover

The best stain removers to use for this purpose are ones that have the word goo or gooey in the title. These have been designed to deal with substances of a similar consistency to silly putty and are likely to be the most effective.  

Take a clean microfiber cloth and pour a small amount of the stain remover onto it. Gently dab the silly putty with the cloth, taking care to cover the entire surface area with the stain removing chemicals.  

Set a timer for 15 minutes and allow the chemicals to sit on the carpet during this time.  

Grab a small bowl and mix laundry detergent with some hot water. Once the 15 minutes are up, you should get another cloth and dampen it. Dab the silly putty with the detergent cloth until it has disappeared.  

Rinse out your cloth and then place in a bowl of hot, clean water. Dab the affected area once more until no indication of a stain remains.  

What if these methods haven’t worked?

If you have tried all of these methods but to no avail, it is probably time to call in the professionals. We would also recommend contacting professional carpet cleaners if the silly putty has spread over a large area of your carpet.  

If you are trying to tackle a large stain single-handedly, we recommend combining the methods listed above. 

You should first use the nail polish method to remove the worst of the silly putty. If it is a really large stain, we suggest going straight to a chemical stain remover.  

Next, you should use the detergent method on the area. Use your cloth to blot the carpet and scrape off as much silly putty as possible. Repeat these steps until the carpet is clean. 

How can you remove silly putty from clothing?

Hand sanitizer

This is typically around 65% ethanol which will allow the silly putty to break down and evaporate quickly.

You should apply some hand sanitizer directly onto the silly putty and allow it to break down. 

We suggest performing a patch test first.  

Rubbing alcohol

Soak some cotton balls in rubbing alcohol and then place these directly onto the stain on your clothes.

As the silly putty begins to dissolve, scrape it off using a spoon or blunt knife. Follow with ice cubes and dish soap if required.  

It is a good idea to perform a spot test on your clothing before you apply rubbing alcohol liberally. This is because on some fabrics the liquid works as a mild bleach.  

White vinegar

You should make up a solution that is one part vinegar to 2 parts water. Pour this onto a cloth and gently rub the stain on your clothing.

Scrape the silly putty off the fabric and then scrub with baking soda. Vacuum up any excess.  


Pour vodka into the silly putty and use a knife to scrape off as much of the putty as you can. Rub the vodka into the stain on the fabric and then wash again using dish soap and warm water.  

Even cheap vodka will work well for this, but do not use flavored vodka. This is because the sugar and dye can alter the fabric makeup and leave it sticky.  


This should be used as a last resort for stain removal. You should only use it in a room with a lot of ventilation.

It should not be used on delicate fabrics like silk and satin as it can cause further stains in the material.  

Spray both sides of the silly putty with WD-40 and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Scrape off the silly putty and then scrub the fabric with dish soap and water.  

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