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How To Use Play-Doh Or Silly Putty To Clean Your Car

Remember being a kid and playing with some kind of silly putty/slime/gak? Back in the day, us 90s kids were absolutely obsessed with various slimy concoctions marketed as children's toys. Now, as an adult, I'm learning that this goopy substance can actually be pretty useful when it comes to cleaning! It's easily bought from just about any children's retailer these days, but why spend the money when you could make a big batch of it right at home for way less? It's a fun activity for the whole family, so let's get gooping!

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When you first hear that this slime can be used to clean, it seems counterintuitive. The whole appeal of the slime is that it seems oddly "gross." However, after seeing how one clever blogger used it to clean their keyboard, I started to understand how this stuff could be applied to clean those hard-to-reach areas.

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You could also use it to clean your car in places that a regular car wash/cleaning crew may not always get to. Use slime to pick up crumbs and clear smudges from little nooks and crevices.

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Making the slime at home is actually pretty straightforward.

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You'll need:

  • A measuring cup
  • A mixing bowl
  • Warm water - 1 1/2 cups
  • Borax laundry booster - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Clear/White school glue - 5 ounces
  • Food coloring of your choice

To begin, add the borax powder to one cup of your warm water and mix until everything is thoroughly dissolved.

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Next, grab a mixing bowl and mix the other half cup of warm water with the glue, and add several drops of food coloring. Blend until everything is mixed evenly. As mentioned earlier, this is a great activity to involve the kids in!

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Now, pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture. As you mix them together, you'll notice the mixture getting wet and gooey.

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Discard any excess liquid and knead the slime until it feels firm and somewhat dry.

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The more you work it and knead it, the firmer it'll feel.

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For best results, store the slime in a ziplock bag or an airtight container. Whip it out to use for cleaning as/when necessary.

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What a great idea! I'd have made this slime even if it didn't help me clean, just to relive childhood memories. But, since it does have that dual purpose, I can justify it a lot more easily to my wife!

If you can't find Borax at your store, check out the video below for an alternative recipe for DIY goop.

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