How To Get Gum Out Of Clothes

Techniques on how to get gum out of clothes is easy to learn. Gum stuck on your favorite set of clothes is often difficult to remove. Use these simple techniques to remove gum from your clothing. You will find that using some common household products works well. Don't despair! Gum will not ruin your new pants or designer shirts. You will need to learn to be patient and take the time to do the task correctly. Try some of the following methods to remove gum from your clothing. You will be amazed at how many different ways there are to get gum out of clothes.

You will need:

  • Old toothbrush
  • Laundry detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Small pan
  • Butter knife or spoon
  • Cooking oil
  1. Laundry detergent. Remove or scrape the gum off the piece of clothing in question. You can use a spoon or butter knife to do this. Cover an old toothbrush with the liquid laundry detergent and rub it in well until the gum has been removed. Rinse the item of clothing with water and let dry.
  2. Vinegar. Heat the vinegar in a small pan on the stove. Remove as much of the gum you can with a butter knife or spoon. Dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and rub the spot with the toothbrush until the gum comes off. Use some laundry detergent or soap with warm water to rub the spot clean. Rinse in warm water and let dry.
  3. Cooking oil. Use what you have in the house! Rub the gum stain with a toothbrush dilled in oil. The gum will break apart and come off easily. Use a spoon or butter knife to remove the gum if necessary. Wash the oil out of fabric with warm soap, water rinse well and let dry.
  4. Put clothing items in freezer. If a small article of clothing needs to be cleaned, you can freeze it. Put the item in a plastic freezer bag and on a shelf where it won't come in contact other food items. Leave the item in the freezer for several hours—the gum will freeze. Take item out of freezer and from the plastic bag.  Scrape the gum with spoon or knife—it should come off with ease. Small ice cubes or freezer packs work well too.
  5. Boiling water. Boil water on the stove and submerge that shirt with gum in water. Using a toothbrush, rub until the gum comes off easily. Rinse and let dry. 
  6. Leather. Gently scrape off the excessive gum with spoon or butter knife. Using warm soap and water, gently remove the rest with a soft sponge. Dry carefully with a clean cloth. Polish with cream with soft cloth for leather.
  7. Delicate fabrics. It is recommended that you use alcohol to remove gum from fabrics that are delicate or fragile. Apply the alcohol with a soft sponge and let it sit for few minutes. Try using a wooden spoon or even spatula to remove the gum after you apply the agents. You can soak the area with a scented fabric softener. Wash with warm soap and water, then rinse to remove the smell this agents leave behind.
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