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I used warm water on a wet rag. I put some Dawn dish soap on it and poured rubbing alcohol on the rag too. I rubbed the Silly Putty; (which was hardened) out in a few minutes. It worked great! The dog didn't complain a bit either.
Source: I used information from this site; and modified the information, making a new "recipe" to see what would happen. It worked great with no harsh toxic chemicals.
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My granddaughter put Flarp Putty in her hair. How can we remove it safely without pulling her hair out? It's all the way to the scalp.
Brenda from Marion, NC
I have never heard of Flarp! LOL!
Here is a link here with some suggestions and also the phone number of the company you could call to ask but they wont be open until Weds morn.
JA-RU (800) 231- 3470
9 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET
Monday through Friday
Some previous ThriftyFun threads on removing SILLY Putty may have some suggestions as well:
Good luck !
I know that you can remove gum from hair with peanut butter so you might try that. I don't know if it will work or not, but it's worth a try.
We just got back from a b-day party and my daughter had the flarp stuck in her hair. We initially tried olive oil, then powder to try and dry it, but it was still not coming out.
Hmmm. I put my son in the bath tub and washed his hair with shampoo. The Flarp came right out. No pain. no whining.
ya bet it works my sister just put it in my hair and as a guy, I obviously can't just cut my hair but yeah, it worked reallywell
Apple cider vinegar or just apple cider?
I do not usually post but I feel this might be helpful for others,
my 6yr old got some putty stuck in her hair as well. it took some steps to get it out..
had to first separate it from the rest of her hair.. I tried apple cider vinegar in a Ziploc bag zip-tied around the hair.. had her lay in bed and let it soak while she played her video games for an hour or so.. then combed it out, carefully pulling with my fingers and the comb... then brushed it all out... fully washed it.. brushed it again.. and DONE
the apple cider vinegar softened the putty just enough to easily comb it completely out.
My Shih Tzu puppy just got my daughter's silly putty stuck in her hair and in her paws! How can I get it out safely?
Normally I would say peanut butter but the dog would be licking it off and you don't want the silly putty ingested. I would strongly advise you to try baby oil.. It should basically work the same way.
* (If I didn't like somebody, I would give their kids silly putty for Christmas, birthday or any excuse I could think of) my bad...
Mayonaise or mineral oil. I fear baby oil might hurt the animal.
Baby oil & mineral oil are basically the same thing. Use any vegetable oil. (ie: corn oil, olive, soybean, etc.)
You can use peanut butter and then take a rag and wipe it out after you work it in real good or you can use Skin So Soft in the green bottle,regular secnt and work it in real good and wipe out,it will also kill flease and smell good
You more than likely have gotten the silly putty out by now. But for future reference to anyone who has this happen. I would use a good hair conditioner to remove the silly putty. Put on a good amount and work it around in the area making sure that it is completely covered.
DeSolvIt can be found in WalMart for this silly putty dilemma and MANY others; I discovered it years ago when (unbeknownst to me) my 4 yr old had lipstick in her pocket--clothes went thru washer AND dryer...Dry Cleaner recommended "pitch the clothes". Tried this biodegradable product: used yrs ago to clean up the Valdez oil spill withOUT hurting environment! Removes gum, grease, etc w/o harsh chemical results. (will need to wash, rinse product out of hair/fabric, etc.)
I used hand sanitizer and a fine tooth comb. it came off almost instantly. of course, if it is in a place where they can look, you might want to wash it off when you are done.
Someone please tell me how to get silly putty out of my little sister's hair.
By Lindsey from Kennett, MO
Try some peanut butter or cooking oil. rub it on the hair and then comb until it combs off. Good luck!
I got (super-duper sticky) scar putty in my hair from my Halloween costume and actually found the putty after my shower! I got it out instantly with real mayonnaise and re-washed my hair. :)
I just got home from work to discover my 5 year old hiding because she had put putty in her hair because she wanted to see how it looked in the mirror. Tried the peanut butter, the baby oil and then the cider vinegar. But none of them really worked very well. So I put a towel over her eyes - had her tilt her head back and put baking soda on the putty and then the cider vinegar. It bubbled up and when it stopped I was able to rub the putty out of her hair, then followed it up with shampoo and repeated about 3 times before all of it was gone. Her hair falls well below her shoulders so I was happy to get it out so quickly. It didn't hurt her skin at all and she was happy that I was able to take care of it so quickly.
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My son has put silly putty in his hair, I don't know what is best to break it down to get it out, any ideas?
Kristie from Lakewood, CO
My dog ended up with silly putty in her fur. I used the hand sanitizer. It worked the best and was the least oily. It was so fast. (04/24/2008)
How to remove silly putty from African-American hair: (actually it was homemade silly putty, made from Elmer's glue and borax in a science workshop) Short answer: non-acetone nail polish remover (main ingredient is ethyl acetate).
We rubbed the homemade silly putty into pieces of fuzzy cloth and tested the various remedies recommended on the web first. We tried Vaseline, oil, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, and Goo Gone. The ethyl acetate dissolved the stuff like magic, whereas the other methods made a mess.
I was getting the breakfast dishes out this morning when I heard my 11 year old daughter scream from her bedroom upstairs. I thought maybe she had seen a spider or something, but when she came down, whimpering, it was because she had green Silly Putty matted in her long hair. Unfortunately, her younger sister, who likes to sleep with her at night, had fallen asleep with it.
Finding this page was a huge lifesaver. We used the Pam cooking spray over the sink with a comb. The only thing I would add, is that it's much more effective to pull the putty out of the hair, than the hair out of the putty. I spent about 15 minutes trying to delicately pull the strands out, and while that worked, it was taking a long time and I had three other kids to get ready to go to school. What really made things happen was when I just dug the comb in (I had to press pretty hard to get it through the putty) and then slowly pulled it down through the hair. The putty came away cleanly in pieces, and we were done in about 5 minutes after that. Good luck. (05/01/2008)
My son woke up with silly putty in his hair and olive oil took it right out. (05/23/2008)
Good grief. My daughter woke with silly putty in her hair. We are African American and Ginseng oil worked wonders. This web-site was a lifesaver at 6am. (10/23/2008)
What's up with kids falling asleep with silly putty? My 5 year old did that tonight. She woke up screaming saying she was stuck to her pillow, and sure enough it was "the putty". She has super curly hair. I used baby oil and a comb. It came out it seconds. (01/29/2009)
White vinegar will also break the Silly Putty down. (04/11/2006)
I also encountered glitter silly putty in the hair and tried the cooking spray, mostly because I'm a hair stylist, and figured that oil had to be much better for the hair than alcohol. It worked like a charm! You have to remember to start at the end of the strand and work your way up the hair with a comb and the oil to reduce any chance of the hair breaking.Thanks for the tip! (04/13/2006)
By Katia from RI.
I couldn't find any cooking spray so I opted for the rubbing alcohol with my 4 year old. It worked well, I just put a towel over her eyes and had a bowl to dip the comb in. It took about 10 minutes. (04/16/2006)
The cooking oil worked great. Acts as a lubricant so the Silly Putty won't stick to it. (05/04/2006)
After using GooGone and olive oil, I found that SKIN-SO-SOFT from Avon worked quickly and easily when my daughter wanted to braid her hair like Rapunzel and somehow thought that Silly Putty would help achieve that special look! (05/14/2006)
Thanks for all the great info. I found that alcohol disolved it but it was still sticky so I put skin so soft on a lice removal comb which worked great since my daughter had her curly hair tangled in a glob of silly putty. I rinsed the comb with hot water with each swipe until it came out clean. (06/23/2006)
PAM cooking spray, NOT PNUT butter, thats ONLY for gum, PAM COOKING SPRAY took the whole wad out of my 7 yr old's hair in about 5 min. Fine tooth comb and head over sink, spray the pam and watch silly putty dissolve while you comb thru! (07/05/2006)
Thank you for the information about using cooking spray to remove Silly Putty from hair. My 9-year-old daughter was playing with Silly Putty on the floor, got Silly Putty in her hair, and mashed it in while trying to remove it.
I just used the store-brand cooking spray and a fine-toothed comb to remove the Silly Putty from the hair. It worked! Thanks for this site and thanks to Google for indexing it. (09/02/2006)
By South Jersey Mom
Cooking spray took the silly putty right out of my toddlers hair in minutes! Thanks to all! (09/05/2006)
Crisco is the bomb. (09/24/2006)
You can use baby oil. Soak the hair in the oil, work into hair, then comb it out gently with a fine tooth comb. (04/29/2007)
1:00 a.m. the phone rings.....My great grandson, 2 yrs old, has a large wad of silly putty in his hair...I went to Google, found you and all the great tips, called his mommy back with the info. I'm sitting with phone in hand waiting to see how the (b)Battle of Silly Putty in Hair(/b) is going... Thank you everyone for your tips! You have probably saved his mommy's sanity! Nana Carol (05/03/2007)
By Carol Harper
I tried vegetable oil, mazola cooking spray and neither of them worked well. So, I tried HAND SANITIZER (GERMX, PURELL ect.) It came out instantly!! It was a miracle! The cooking spray, was working, slowly and I was still ripping my daughters hair. Just an FYI for all you reading this, that stuff will get almost anything out of everything w/o damage. Gum, paint, sticky stuff from stickers, anything that is gooey. I think it must be the alcohol content in it. It is my Windex....for anyone who has seen the movie Meet the Fockers. (05/19/2007)
1. Get over initial panic aroused by screaming child
2. Locate baby oil under sink, buried beneath the curlers and what-nots
3. Add generous amount of baby oil to putty
4. Work oil in hair until putty is soft
5. Take fine tooth comb and slowly comb putty out
6. Bathe child
7. Throw putty in trash
8. Drink a cup of coffee with a shot of Bailey's to calm nerves. We all know that as long as mom is happy, everyone is happy. ;-)
I had read about skin so soft, and I had a huge bottle of it (and I don't use cooking spray). After a few minutes it started to dissolve the silly putty and I was able to comb it out with one of those black combs that it seems all boys have. Two shampoos to dissolve the oil, and he's back to "normal" and not girly smelling. (07/23/2007)
Pink Silly Putty in my 9 year old boys hair-NOT good! The instant hand sanitizer and a fine took comb worked in seconds. The peanut oil did NOT work.
I feel like supermom! (07/24/2007)
Purell worked like a charm. Worked it in real good then had the little one jump in the shower. Here is a photo of her hair after the purell melted the Silly Putty.
My 10 year old girl put silly putty in her hair! I called my sister (a hair stylist) she said peanut butter should do the job. It saved my life, after I made her take a bath (it was out just getting the oil out) and i used Dawn it worked, after use regular shampoo and conditioner. (12/29/2007)
Baby oil worked for me! (01/05/2008)
PAM did the job! I covered my son's mouth and nose so as not to inhale the PAM spray. The blob has huge right at the front of his head at the scalp. I did allow for a bit of tugging and pulling just to remind him to keep silly things away from his head; by the way, he is 12! Thanks for your help. (02/11/2008)
Thanks so much for the tip on cooking spray! It worked magic in my daughter's hair this morning. She fell asleep playing with silly putty and awoke this morning to it matted to her hair. It started at the roots so I would have had to SHAVE her head in order to get it out! Thanks so much for helping me save my daughters hair and self confidence. (03/05/2008)
During nap time in my PreSchool class my own son decided to sneak silly putty and wear it as a hat! I am so thankful for this website! Handsanitzer was all I could get my hands on and it worked like a charm! Your a God send! (03/24/2008)
For little ones: Calmly cuddle with yout child in bed or somewhere relaxing. Reassure them that mom will get it out. Gently massage a few drops of baby oil on both underside and top of puddy. it will become soft like chewed chewing gum, but be slick on the hair. Gently work with little sections- stretch it to remove it. The ball of puddy lifts away from skin as you work with it. After it is removed, take a towel and buff excess oil off. (04/05/2008)
My daughter left a message on my answering machine early one morning. There were only a few minutes before my granddaughter school bus was due to arrive, and she had somehow managed to get silly putty stuck in her hair. I was in making bread, so I washed my hands, and called her back. Much to my relief, my daughter had thought to try cooking oil.It worked like a charm, and my daughter had the silly putty out, washed her hair, and had her at her bus stop in a matter of minutes.
Being a Grandmother of 23 Grandchildren, I would have recommended baby/ cooking oil. However, any sort of pure oil will safely remove silly putty safely from a child's hair. I have never tried/ used Pam, and would not recommend it. It may work, but it is still a spray. Cooking oil is a purer source of oil, and will not hurt the child, should it accidently gets into their eyes. Whatever you decide to use, I wish you all the very best of luck. (04/16/2008)