You know how it is. Your sweet 7 went to a birthday party and came home with a bucket of slime that makes fart noises. Oh, the joy. For the kiddos anyway. Flarp is a delightful mess for a while.
It is designed to stay in the bucket so you can rub it and make it fart. The real problems come when the Flarp escapes the bucket. It can make a sticky, gooey stain that is hard to clean up.
Never fear parental warriors! We have found the answers to cleaning up escaped Flarp, and it is easier than you might think.
Generally speaking, the best method to get Flarp out of clothes is to freeze, scrape, soak, and wash. First, put ice in a plastic bag and hold it on the goo until it becomes solid, then scrape it off with a stiff spatula or butter knife. Next, treat the remaining stain with white vinegar and blot it away. Finally, wash the fabric in the washing machine.
Continue reading for more specific instructions and a variety of situations and suggestions for solving the Flarp problem.
- What Exactly is Flarp?
- Getting Flarp out of Machine Washable Fabrics
- Remove Flarp from Furniture, Carpets, and Car Seats
- Clean Flarp from Stuffed Animals
- Remove Flarp from Hair
- Remove Extreme or Stubborn Stains
- Goo Gone for Sticky Residue
- WD-40 to Loosen Slime or Putty
- Final Thoughts
What Exactly is Flarp?
Flarp is a thick slime or putty toy that makes a delightfully disgusting farting noise when you rub it. You get the best fart noises by rubbing it in the container.
It can be fun to play with as a drippy gross slime toy out of the container as well. You can buy a wide variety of colors of Flarp including fluorescent colors, glow in the dark, and glitter options.
It also comes in several sizes, like a small size that is great for party favors, all the way up to the one pound, Mega-Flarp. They even have some that come in a little toilet-shaped container.
Flarp is sticky and it can stain, so the best way to play with it is on hard surfaces and away from your favorite clothes.
Getting Flarp out of Machine Washable Fabrics
If you have played with Flarp, you know it can be a riot of giggles. Unfortunately, it can also be a sticky mess.
If it gets onto clothing, you have two problems to consider. One is getting the gooey Flarp off, and the other is removing the color stain that it leaves behind.
Freeze the Slime to Harden
If you have a Flarp stain on machine washable clothes or other small items, first, put them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
This may not work for large blankets or comforters, though, unless you have a giant freezer. In that case, get an ice pack, or put a few ice cubes in a zip-top bag.
You want to freeze the Flarp but not get it wet. Apply the ice or ice pack to the Flarp and wait for it to harden.
Scrape Off Excess Flarp
Next, use a stiff spatula or a butter knife, scrape away and discard as much of the Flarp as you can. If there is a giant pile, you may have to work in layers, freezing and scraping off parts of it.
Soak the Fabric to Remove Stain
Now that you have removed the bulk of the Flarp from the fabric, hopefully, you are down to just a color stain. The first thing you should try is plain old white vinegar.
Place the stained area in a bowl or dishpan and cover it with white vinegar. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cold water. You can repeat the soaking and rinsing until the stain is almost gone.
If the stain is stubborn, you can scrub it with a nylon scrubber or a soft toothbrush. That should help release the stain.
Wash as Usual
Finally, since we are talking about machine washable clothes or blankets, add your favorite stain remover or spot treatment and wash the garment on cold.
Let it air dry instead of using the dryer to see if the stain has been completely removed. The heat from the dryer can cause the stain to set in if it is still there.
Remove Flarp from Furniture, Carpets, and Car Seats
Machine washable fabrics are the easiest to manage, which is why we buy them for our clothes.
However, It is just as likely that our kids will play with Flarp and get it into the fabric on chairs or couches and carpets.
While not being able to throw these items into the washer is inconvenient, we can still remove Flarp stains. The method is pretty much the same.
Freeze and Scrape to Remove Excess Flarp
Take an ice pack or zip-top bag of ice and place it on the Flarp to harden it. Then, use a butter knife or spatula to scrape away any excess Flarp.
If you are working on smooth fabric, this should be reasonably easy. However, if you are working on a carpet, you may need to work in patches to get in between the fibers.
Blot the Stain to Remove It
Since we are not working with an item we can soak in a bucket, we have to be more careful with our liquids.
In this case, we will take cotton balls or a clean white cloth and blot the stain with white vinegar. Start at the center of the stain and move outward.
If the vinegar doesn’t work, or if you don’t have any vinegar in your house, you can also use rubbing alcohol or vodka.
Once the stain is gone, blot with clear water and let dry completely.
Clean Flarp from Stuffed Animals
The basic plan for removing Flarp from a stuffed animal will be the same as other fabrics.
However, it will depend on the animal as to whether you blot or machine wash.
Freeze and Scrape to Remove Excess Flarp
First, place the toy in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then gently scrape the Flarp from the fibers of the stuffed animal.
Blot or Wash the Stuffed Animal
If it is machine washable, soak the stain in vinegar and rinse with cold water. You can gently scrub the stain with a toothbrush or other small brush to help remove it.
Then wash the animal on cold and let it air dry to ensure that the stain is removed.
If the toy is not machine washable, treat it more like carpet. Use cotton balls or clean white cloths with vinegar and blot the stain gently to remove it.
Start from the middle of the stain and work outwards until the stain is gone.
Remove Flarp from Hair
If your little one were to fall asleep with the Flarp open, it could get caught up in their hair. And because it is super sticky, it is hard to get out of hair.
First, you need to make the hair slippery. Start with a handful of conditioner and massage it around where the Flarp is stuck.
Then, comb it with a large-toothed comb to remove as much Flarp as you can. Next, move to a smaller toothed comb to continue to remove the sticky goo.
If conditioner doesn’t do the trick, you might try dish soap like Dawn or Joy. They are degreaser and can help break up sticky messes.
After you have combed out as much putty as you can, you will move on to white vinegar.
Have the person lean over the edge of the tub or sink and pour white vinegar over the affected area.
If the hair is long, you might even be able to soak it in a bowl with vinegar.
After applying and soaking the vinegar, continue combing to remove any more Flarp that you can. Finally, wash the hair as usual to remove any traces of Flarp or vinegar that remain.
Remove Extreme or Stubborn Stains
If your stain is giant, dried a long time ago, or is greasy, the ways we have previously discussed may not completely remove it.
We have gathered some ideas for extreme measures you can take to try and remove these stubborn stains, although we recommend that these be the last resort.
Goo Gone for Sticky Residue
One possibility for removing Flarp is Goo Gone. It is designed to remove sticky stuff from other surfaces.
This could be a great choice if, for example, you had a Flarp spill in the car. If Flarp is on the fabric, seatbelt, buckle, and vinyl in the car, using Goo Gone on all the surfaces first would be convenient.
After you have cleaned the sticky parts of the Flarp off the multiple surfaces, you can go back with vinegar or rubbing alcohol on the fabrics to finish cleaning them.
WD-40 to Loosen Slime or Putty
One last possibility is WD-40. It will probably get your Flarp out of anything. However, it is an oil-based product, and therefore it will leave an oily residue behind that you will want to clean up.
If you need to clean a post WD-40 oil stain, start by covering the area with baking soda or cornstarch and letting it sit to absorb the oil.
Then shake off or vacuum the baking soda. Finally, use the blotting method with rubbing alcohol or vodka to remove the rest of the oily residue from the WD-40.
This may add a few more steps, but if your choice is throwing something away or using WD-40 on it, you may as well give it a try.
The basic method for removing Flarp slime from fabrics is the same regardless of the kind of fabric. You should freeze, scrape, soak, then wash.
Either apply ice packs or place the item in the freezer. Next, scrape off any excess putty. Either soak or blot the stain with vinegar or rubbing alcohol.
Finally, wash fabrics that are machine washable or blot others with a clean cloth to remove any remaining liquids.
The good news is that these methods also work well for any of these slimy, putty toys. Silly putty, slime, and Galaxy Putty are basically the same materials, so they clean up with the same methods.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nanny do it, no judgment here :)) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.