How To Get Plasticine Off Clothing

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Get Plasticine Off Clothing

Plasticine is enjoyed by children all over the world and can provide hours of fun whilst also stimulating creativity. As entertaining as it can be for the little ones, those who take care of the washing might beg to differ. It sticks to clothes like glue and can be close to impossible to remove. Have you had enough? You've come to the right place! In this article, we'll show you how to get plasticine off clothing easily with super results!

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Steps to follow:

When you find plasticine on clothes, your first reaction might be to peel it off with your fingernails. Refrain from doing this as it can actually spread the plasticine and only make the problem even worse.

Instead of doing this, we suggest two simple options to get plasticine off clothing first, and then remove the remaining stains.


When the plasticine has dried, it's much easier to remove without spreading it further. Therefore, first wait for the plasticine to dry first before tackling the stain.

Once dry, use a stiff bristle brush to remove it, brushing lightly over the stain to remove all the excess clay. Then, find some detergent for washing the dishes, apply to the affected area and let it seep in for one minute before removing it with a cloth soaked in warm water and rubbing the stain gently.

Rinse with water and wash the garment in the washing machine as you would normally. If the stain does not disappear at first, add more detergent and rub again with a cloth.

How To Get Plasticine Off Clothing - Step 2

Another effective ingredient that will help you to get plasticine off clothing is surgical spirit or alcohol, the one used to disinfect wounds.

Start by stretching the garment you want to clean, making sure that it is taut. Then, dip a cotton ball in alcohol and dab it on the plasticine until well covered. Then, grab a butter knife to remove the plasticine. If it does not go completely, repeat the process.

Then wash the clothing as you usually would.

How To Get Plasticine Off Clothing - Step 3

Once you've removed the plasticine, you might notice that it has left a rather wide stain. Don't worry! there's a simple trick you can use to remove it!

Place paper towels on the stain for 5 to 10 minutes. This material will help absorb the oiliness that this material normally leaves. Then, give it a once over with an iron, making sure not to burn the paper, until the stain is removed completely.

Then you must wash the garment as you normally would.

How To Get Plasticine Off Clothing - Step 4

After following these steps, you can also apply a commercial product to remove stains and return the garment to its former condition. This will eliminate any last trace of the stain in a much easier way. For more information, take a look at our article on how to remove stains from clothes.

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