Homemade Cleaning Putty

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Introduction: Homemade Cleaning Putty

About: Synth chick for electro-rock band, Former Human Beings

This is a DIY squishy putty that will help you clean hard-to-reach nooks and crannies just by rolling it around in them. Watch it pick up bits of nastiness you didn't know existed. (Yes, I felt a bit ashamed when I saw what it found!) Try rolling it on things like small vents, little ridges on furniture, and many other tight spots. You'll only need a handful of items to make it, most of which you'll already have at home.

The science to binding these elements together lives inside the contact lens solution: boric acid. Make sure whatever lens solution you use has boric acid in it. It's really a cross between slime and putty, but I feel weird suggesting you clean with slime. A hard sell. ;)

Once it binds, you'll really enjoy squeezing it in your hand. This might double well as a stress reliever!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You will need:

  • 2 ounces white glue (like Elmer's)
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • contact lens solution

Step 2: Mix It Up

In a bowl, thoroughly mix together the glue, water, and baking soda. Add a small amount of contact solution and mix. Keep adding contact lens solution a few drops at a time while stirring.

Step 3: Pick It Up

When you roll it around the bowl and it starts picking up its own bits to create one blob, you're pretty much there. Knead it for a minute.

Step 4: Ready, Set, Clean!

Roll the putty around on different surfaces and watch it pick up alllll the grossness!

Step 5: Shock Shock, Horror Horror

Take a look at it and you'll see it's picked up crumbs, dust bunnies, and pieces of mechanical pencil that broke off in 1986.

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Really good instructable...I made this tonight and it worked flawlessly. It cleaned right up under the faucet as well.
Bravo Madamoiselle!

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Thank you SO much for giving it a try! It's one of my favourite cleaning items by far! Glad it worked for you :)

Sounds really handy! Can you clean the slime off after it gets covered in gunk so you can reuse it?

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It is handy! You can very carefully rinse off some of the bits, gently twist the excess water off, and let it dry. It will go back to its original consistency then you can use it again. I tend to pick off the big chunks before I bother to do that :) You will love it!

I actually have those ingredients left over from making Slime with my nieces! They're SLIME fanatics lol. I'll let you know how it turns out I never made a putty version. Great job btw!!

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Thank you! Give it a try and let us know what hidden trashes it pulls out for you! ;)

A highly practical use for the current slime trend! I might actually try this now, thank you!

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Oh yay! Please please do and let me know how it goes! :)