Intro: Homemade Cleaning Putty
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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Mattcais3 made it!