The manufacturer of Silly Putty recommends using WD-40 to remove silly putty from clothing, furniture and carpeting. WD-40 may do the trick, but it leaves a smelly and oily residue and is made from harsh chemicals and aerosol fumes that you probably do not want coming into contact with your hair or skin. Luckily, there are a number of simple methods to remove Silly Putty from hair, and most likely you already have more than one of the ingredients needed.

Things You'll Need


Use hand sanitizer and a comb. Silly Putty is made from silicone, which the hand sanitizer will gently dissolve. Massage the hand sanitizer into the putty and surrounding hair and allow to set for five or ten minutes before gently removing with a fine-tooth comb. Rinse the hand sanitizer from your hair as soon as possible, as it contains alcohol, which can quickly damage hair.

Apply a small amount of baby oil to the Silly Putty, another product that will quickly dissolve the silicone in Silly Putty. Massage the oil into the putty and hair and allow the baby oil to set for five or ten minutes before applying a bit of hot water and removing the putty with a fine-tooth comb. Baby oil should be used sparingly, as it can leave a greasy build-up in your hair. Cold cream or petroleum jelly will work just as well as baby oil.

Protect your face and eyes with a towel or bandana and apply cooking spray to the putty and hair. Massage the cooking spray into the Silly Putty and allow to set in your hair for about 15 minutes. Work out the putty with a fine-tooth comb. Cooking spray is not good for your hair, so shampoo as soon as possible.

Condition your hair while removing silly putty by using mayonnaise or olive oil, two products that will effectively cut silicone while actually nourishing your hair. Massage the mayonnaise or olive oil into the putty and surrounding hair. Allow the product to set for about 15 minutes before wrapping the area with a soft terrycloth towel and pulling gently towards the tips of your hair. The majority of putty should slide right out; however, you may use a fine-tooth comb to remove any remaining putty.

Tips

  • You can use any of these tricks to safely and effectively remove Silly Putty from carpeting, furniture and clothing.

  • If any of the products above have left an odor in your hair, apply a baking soda and water paste to the area, massaging gently for a few minutes, before shampooing as normal.