A combination of accident, engineering and entrepreneurship has produced one of the most successful toys ever made. In 1943, James Wright was working for General Electric under a government contract to create a replacement for synthetic rubber. By accident, Wright put boric acid in silicone oil and noticed a goo that could stretch and bounce more than rubber. He also found that he was going to copy a touched newspaper print.

Wright called the goo “nutty dough.” However, no practical use was found for this new product, and it was certainly not a replacement for rubber. In 1949, an unemployed advertising agent named Hodgson attended a party where “nut dough” was used for entertainment. Hodgson thought the walnut batter would make a great toy. He bought GE’s production rights and renamed it “Silly Putty”.

silly putty

Now let’s figure out how to get silly putty out of clothes.

Necessary materials:

Here’s what to do:

silly putty

  1. Scrape off as much dough as possible with the knife.
  2. Spray WD-40 onto any remaining batter and let stand for a few minutes.
  3. Scrape off excess Silly Putty with the knife.
  4. Spray the area again with WD-40.
  5. Clean the stain with a cotton swab.
  6. Saturate a cotton swab with alcohol and dry on any remaining stains. Rinse off the alcohol.
  7. Pour some detergent onto a damp cloth and wipe off any residue or stain.