Homemade Slime: More Popular Than Ever
If you have children, you’ve probably heard of “slime.” Slime has a rich history, including recognizable appearances on Nickelodeon shows from the 1990s or in Ghostbusters. However, the now popular slime is a homemade version of a toy first sold by Mattel in the winter of 1976. Mattel’s Slime was known as a “gross-out” toy for children with a mischievous streak, but it was also known as a headache for parents with clean carpets. The original Mattel Slime was neon green, cold to the touch, and made from guar gum and borax. Mattel re-released Slime for almost fifteen years, until 1990.
Slime in Popular Culture Franchises
Slime quickly invaded popular culture and became a feature of multiple different franchises aimed toward children. The first appearance of slime in a franchise occurred in the early 1980s with the release of Hordak’s Horde Slime Pit, featuring characters from the Masters of the Universe. After that, slime became a feature of multiple toys from franchises such as Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Nickelodeon game shows such as Double Dare and Figure It Out.
Slime in the 21st Century
In recent years, slime has made an enormous comeback. But this time, it’s not because of an association with a significant franchise. The most popular form of slime today is homemade. Children all over the country make and sell slime to each other, including on platforms such as Etsy.
Karina Garcia is a prime example of the extreme popularity of homemade slime. In 2014, Garcia posted a DIY slime video that became viral. Over the last five years, Garcia’s YouTube presence exploded. Garcia makes up to $200,000 a month from sponsorships and other deals. She has over six million subscribers to her YouTube channel, and she is known as the “Slime Queen” to her fans. Her parents retired, and she bought a house for her family to live in with the money she made from her slime videos.
In December of 2016, Elmer’s Glue’s sales doubled, and stores had a hard time keeping glue on the shelves due to the fad, and the craze shows no signs of stopping. Homemade slime is a social media sensation; there are over 5 million posts on Instagram tagged with #slime as slime-makers across the country show off different colors and textures in DIY videos. Some slime iterations include glitter or styrofoam beads to enhance the calming sounds of the sensory toy.
How To Get Slime Out of Your Carpet
Given the popularity of homemade slime, it may have already found its way into your home and, perhaps, your carpet. Never fear, though. Despite its stubborn appearance, slime is not a death sentence for your favorite rug or that new, plush carpet. Follow these steps to remove dried slime from your carpet:
1. Scrape Away Excess Slime From the Carpet
First, be sure that the slime is entirely dry before attempting to remove it from the carpet. If not, you may accidentally spread the slime across a larger area. Once the slime is completely dried, begin scraping it from the carpet. Start at the outside of the stain and work toward the middle. A butter knife should work well for this venture.
2. Vacuum the Carpet
After scraping as much of the slime from the carpet as possible, be sure to vacuum the area. Make sure to clean in multiple directions to suck up as much slime as possible. If the slime isn’t dry, this could damage your vacuum. A handheld vacuum may be easier to use, but an upright vacuum works fine for this step.
3. Spot-Clean the Carpet
Once you’ve exposed the slime stain, it’s time to figure out what’s going to work! Multiple cleaning solutions work to remove slime from the carpet, including vinegar, rubbing alcohol, goo remover, and citrus solvent. Some sources advise using WD-40, but we do not recommend that as it could damage your carpets and may be harmful to children or pets. After you’ve chosen your preferred cleaning solution, put on some gloves and pick an inconspicuous spot to test the cleaner. Spot-testing ensures that the cleaning solution won’t ruin your rug or carpet. Once you’ve established which cleaning solution you’ll use, you can move on to the next step.
4. Treat the Stain
Apply your chosen cleaning solution to the carpet. Rubbing alcohol and white vinegar can go directly on the rug, but if you’re using a citrus solvent or goo remover, pour the solution on a towel first before applying it to the carpet. Use just enough cleaning solution to cover the slime and wet the stain, similar to treating pet stains on carpet. If you oversaturate the stain with a cleaning solution, it may soak through and damage the backing of the carpet or rug.
5. Wait 10-15 Minutes
While you wait, check out NPR‘s take on the rise of homemade slime and its effects on social media influencers and craft stores such as Michael’s. Rest easy knowing you’re not the only person dealing with slime in your carpet. It’s essential to wait to ensure the solution has time to loosen the slime and remove the color of the stain.
6. Wipe Away the Carpet Stain and Excess Slime
After fifteen minutes, use a towel to wipe away the slime and the stain. You shouldn’t have to scrub very much. If the stain remains, repeat steps 4 and 5.
7. Rinse the Carpet with Hot Water
After you’ve removed the stain, wet an old towel with hot water. Wring it out to remove excess water, then blot the carpet with the cloth to remove the rest of the slime and cleaning solution from the carpet.
8. Dry the Carpet
After you’ve rinsed the stain with hot water, use a dry towel to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Then, allow the area to air dry completely. You can expedite this process by aiming a fan at the carpet.
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