The How-to Guide to Removing Chewing Gum from Clothes

Do you have chewing gum stuck on your clothes? It happens to us all! That is pretty gross and quite challenging to get off! Chewing gum stuck to your clothes should be removed as quickly as possible to avoid damage to the fabric. It demands a lot of patience as you need to be extra careful when removing the chewing gum.

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There are several tricks to remove chewing gums from your clothes. We have gathered some helpful ways to get chewing gums off your clothes. Follow this how-to guide for the best results!

Freeze it!

The freezing method is one of the most suggested ways to remove stuck chewing gum from clothes. Extracting fresh chewing gum off your clothes could be tricky and will cause even more mess. Freezing your clothes will make the chewing gum harder and easy to remove.

The Freezing Method Steps:

  1. Put the folded clothing in a ziplock bag. Be sure that the chewing gum area is facing upward to avoid getting the other areas of your clothing messy.

Place a small container to cover the chewing gum area to avoid the stains from spreading.

  1. Deep freeze the clothing for 3 to 4 hours to solidify the chewing gum. The harder the chewing gum, the easier to remove.

  1. Once the gum has solidified, remove it quickly by hand or using a butter knife. Do not scrape the cloth to avoid damage and remove the gum before it softens.

What if the gum does not come off? Please put it back in the freezer and wait until it solidifies.

  1. Apply a fabric stain remover on the area after you remove the gum. Give it a gentle rub before throwing it in the washer.

Using hot water in your washer can thoroughly remove the chewing gum on your clothes.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol dissolves the polymers in the gum, making it is easy to remove. It is safe for use because it does not penetrate through the fabric and evaporates immediately.

Steps to Removing Chewing Gum Using Rubbing Alcohol

  1. Pour a limited amount of rubbing alcohol on to a sponge and dab it on the gum area. Hold it over the gum area but do not soak it.

  1. Slowly peel the gum off the fabric. You can use a spatula to help you remove the chewing gum quicker. Place the sponge on top of the gum while removing it.

Use a dropper at the base of the gum to help it come off quickly.

  1. Give it a few minutes to soak and for the rubbing alcohol to take effect. Use a butter knife to remove the remaining bits of chewing gum.

  1. Use a fabric stain remover to soak the gum area before placing it in your washer. Do this for at least 10 minutes.

Label Remover

Label remover is not only for removing sticky residue on your clothes, carpet or furniture. You can also use it to remove chewing gum stains from your clothes. Be sure to choose a specifically made label remover that is for fabrics.

Steps to Removing Chewing Gum Using a Label Remover

  1. Spray the gum area. Leave it for a few minutes to take effect.

  1. Use talcum powder to cover the stickiness of the gum area.

  1. Use a butter knife to remove the chewing gum off the fabric. Dip it in a powder to avoid stickiness.

Use more powder if the knife gets sticky and continue the process.

  1. Remove the chewing gum gently. Keep doing 1, 2 and 3 until the gum comes off.

  1. Use a liquid detergent to remove the stain. Gently scrub the area using a toothbrush.

Do not forget to rinse the cloth before washing it.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most effective home remedies for removing chewing gum on your clothes. It solidifies the gum quicker, making it easy to remove.

Steps to Removing Chewing Gum Using White Vinegar

  1. Heat the white vinegar in a stove. It does not need to be super hot!

  1. Pour some white vinegar on to the gum area and soak it for a few minutes.

  1. Use a toothbrush to remove the gum from the fabric. Continue dipping the toothbrush into the vinegar and scrubbing it on the gum until it detaches from the material.

Reheat the vinegar if it has cooled down and continue with the process.

  1. Wash the fabric.

Vinegar has a strong smell. Use enough detergent to get the smell off your clothes!

It’s gross and disgusting when you accidentally sit on a piece of chewing gum. The good thing is… there are a few hacks that you can try to remove the gum from your clothes quickly.

So, don’t be a victim of chewing gum stains, go on and explore the different tricks to removing chewing gums from your clothes!