How to Get Silly String Out of Fabric

by Robin Neorr

No one knows what Silly String is really made of. All we know that is that it is hard to get out of fabrics and impossible to get out of vinyl. In fact, if Silly String gets on your favorite vinyl boots, you are probably stuck with the stain forever.

Remove it from your clothes the second you are squirted. This is the most effective way to ensure that the Silly String does not stick and does not stain.

Pick the Silly String off your clothing once it is dried if you were not so lucky to be able to remove it as soon as you were sprayed. The only instances that this will not work are if the fabric is vinyl or you were sprayed from less then 2 feet away.

Try using paint thinner if you were sprayed from less then 2 feet away. Chances are the fabric will have absorbed some of the Silly String component and is now stained.

Test the fabric in an inconspicuous area to make sure that the paint thinner will not ruin the fabric. You can skip this step if you feel that fabric will be ruined by the paint thinner.

Pour some paint thinner on a cloth. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area that is free of any open flames.

Dab the cloth on the stain repeatedly until the stain is removed.

Let the shirt dry, then wash in the washing machine.

Dispose of the paint thinner as directed on the container.

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Items you will need

  • Cloth
  • Paint thinner
  • Gloves


  • The sooner you can get the Silly String off your fabric, the better your chances for saving the fabric.


  • Silly String ruins vinyl fabrics. It leaves a permanent stain.

About the Author

Robin Neorr has been working as a full-time freelance writer since 2007. She has written for various websites including The Frisky. Before she started her writing career, she spent 10 years in media marketing. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in communications management from John Carroll University.