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I’m beginning to *hate* Silly Putty.

Brendan has an egg of the stuff…ermm….I should say “*had* an egg of the stuff.” Apparently, my kid can keep track of how many snacks he’s had during the day, how many TV tokens he’s used to watch programs (he gets 3 per day), how many bites of food we make him eat of his dinner, and how many pieces of candy he may eat after dinner (2). But he cannot keep track of the egg-case around the Silly Putty.

I’ve recently had to dig it off the rubber buttons on the TV remote, scrape it out of carpeting, and tonight, the “piece de resistance” was having this naked ball of Putty meld in to the fabric of my sofa. The same sofa whose fabric content is 51% rayon and I’ve been warned by professional upholstery folks that if I use hot water on it, the covers won’t fit the cushions. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ “How did it meld with the sofa cushion covers?” you might be asking. The short answer is that I don’t know, except to say that Silly Putty is apparently quite responsive to bodily heat, especially in the form of my 5 y/o laying on it inadvertently. ๐Ÿ˜

If you think that Silly Putty’s website has anything about removal, you’d be wrong. So I let it cool and began to pick it off the cushion. And soaked the spots with lighter fluid. Happily, the “solid liquid” that Silly Putty is seemed to disintegrate with scratching and the lighter fluid. So I managed to salvage the sofa cushions, muttering about how my Mother’s Day had better not have any Silly Putty gifts in it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And now I’m off to write a new book, “101 Rescues with Lighter Fluid.” So far, it’s removed gum from Brendan’s hair, gum from his clothes, crayon from my wall, grease from laundry, band-aid residue from the sacred band-aid he wouldn’t let me remove for 4 days at a time, and now Silly Putty from my good sofa. I wonder if they sell it in the gallon size at Sam’s Club? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • http://thebabyboutiqueatwombswindow.com/blog Erica

    Yeah, my mom sent a bunch of goodies for the kids for Easter, silly putty being one of them. I still have two articles of clothing in the freezer waiting for the day when I have time to work on peeling it off.

    (I have also heard that hydrogen peroxide and some salt rubbed on silly putty will get it off, but I haven’t had time to try it yet.)