If you’re anything like me, you enjoy getting your hands dirty with various crafts. Everything from painting to pottery can be fun and relaxing. One of my favorite crafts to do is sculpting with clay. It’s so versatile, and it’s so much fun to see your own creation come to life.
However, there are some downsides to this hobby. You have to be very careful while sculpting, because if you’re not, clay will get everywhere. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with clay on your hands and clothes.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get clay off of your clothes after you’ve finished sculpting. Some people suggest that you should just let the clay dry, then peel it off in chunks, but this can cause damage to your clothes.
Most pottery supply stores sell special pottery wash designed specifically for getting pottery-related substances out of clothing. However, pottery wash is very expensive and can be difficult to find. Instead of buying pottery wash, you can make your own pottery wash using ingredients already in your home.
Here’s what you’ll need: baking soda, dishwashing liquid , vinegar , and water . That’s four common household items that will easily remove clay from clothes. Here’s how to do it:
First, make sure that the pottery clay is fully cured. If it’s not, then the pottery wash will dissolve the clay and damage your clothes. If you’re not sure if it’s cured, just wait a week after you finish pottery, then try to remove the clay with pottery wash. If it doesn’t come off, then your pottery is cured.
Next, mix four cups of water with one and a half teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and two tablespoons of baking soda.
No pottery supply store will carry this exact mixture, but it is very similar to pottery wash.
Now, make sure that your pottery is as dry as possible. Then, use a pottery sponge to apply the pottery wash mixture. Rub your pottery in small circles until the pottery wash starts coming off.
Finally, rinse your pottery under cold water. If there are any pottery particles left on your pottery, then apply pottery wash again.
Once you’ve finished this process, your clothes will be free of clay! Now you can sculpt to your heart’s content without having to worry about pottery-related accidents.
If you want, make this into a fun family activity. Ask your kids if they want to help you wash off the clay! It will be nice bonding time for all of you. And just think, now your kids will be excited to wear the clothes that they’ve decorated themselves!
If you’re like me, then you can’t wait to get back into the clay for more. Just remember to take the proper precautions next time! You’ll have a blast, and you won’t ever have to worry about clay on your clothes again.
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Hi, my name is Stefanie and I am a potter from USA. Clay has given me the opportunity to be creative and personalize everyday objects like cups, bowls, plates, and more.
I love working with clay because it’s so malleable. You can make anything you want out of it; there are no limits!