Will This Spoon Hack Really Clean Your Sofa?

There's no denying that slime has taken the internet by storm over the past few years, with children rushing to pick up the latest products and entrepreneurs making serious bank selling the colorful creations, as NPR reports. Whether you love it or hate it, there's one thing everyone can agree on — it's a bit of a nightmare to clean if it gets onto fabric. It clings with such ferocity that you may find yourself tempted to give up altogether and cover the spot with a throw pillow.

Resist the urge, and don't despair! There are a few ways to remove slime from fabric, and one simple hack involves a spoon and rubbing alcohol. As Designing Idea documents, if you're dealing with wet slime that just recently plopped onto your couch, use the spoon as a tool to remove as much of the slime as possible. If the slime has already dried on, you'll still want to start by removing the slime, but as Real Simple advises, try placing some ice cubes on it. This way, the slime essentially "freezes" and is easier to chip away at with the spoon.

How to remove the slime

Once you've used your spoon to remove most of the slime, you are now left with the stubborn, stuck-on particles. To tackle those, Designing Idea suggests using the spoon to apply rubbing alcohol to the spot. The utensil helps you achieve a more targeted application. If you don't happen to have rubbing alcohol on hand, The Maids suggests using a mixture of 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water for the same slime-soaking purposes. (Although depending on how colorful the offending slime is, you may still need rubbing alcohol to deal with the stain.) With your cleaning solution of choice applied, you can then use the spoon to gently scrape the fabric to loosen the stain, before eventually dabbing it with a damp paper towel or cloth. You can also try chilling your spoon before this step to help the process along. 

Why is this hack so effective? Well, since slime is so stubborn and clings to the fibers in your upholstery, using a spoon helps ensure you're not damaging the fabric or grinding the slime further into the couch. You may have to repeat the overall process a few times if you've got a particularly large or stubborn stain, but a bit of elbow grease, rubbing alcohol, and spoon maneuvering should have your couch back in mint condition in no time.