While there are a lot of methods you can use, the best way to successfully remove gum from your clothes is by acting fast. Listed here are several of the most efficient steps for cleaning and removing gums that are relatively easy to follow.
Effective Remover for Sticky Chewing Gum
1. Freeze it!
You want to struggle to remove a piece of gum from your clothing, put it in a Ziploc bag and stick in the freezer immediately! Make sure that the gum doesn’t make contact with the bag by placing a thick plastic cover over it. Wait a little bit of time as it takes for the gum to become rock solid and then take it out. Now, gently break/scrape off bits of the gum using a butter knife; again, you need to act quickly before the gum begins to soften. Of course, you can always put it back in the freezer and remove the remaining gum later. Once you removed as much gum as possible, pour a little stain remover over it and leave it for 20 minutes before throwing it in the washer.
2. Adhesive Remover = Gum Remover!
If you're wondering what an adhesive remover is, it comes in a spray can and is used to remove sticky residue from furniture and fabrics caused by labels or price stickers. Apart from their actual purpose, these adhesive removers have proven to be effective when removing gum from clothing. The method goes as follows. Douse the gum and affected surrounding areas with a fabric adhesive remover and leave it for about 10 minutes. Now, take an old toothbrush with semi-hard bristles and brush the gum away. Rinse out the toothbrush at intervals as the gum will start to cling to the bristles. After this step, brush the affected area with a little detergent and machine wash the clothing after that.
3. Hot Vinegar for a Sticky Mess!
We’ve heard it several times before; vinegar makes for a fantastic household cleaner. But you’ll be happy to know that it can also be used to remove gum from clothes! For this, however, you’ve got to make the vinegar nice and hot! Put a few drops of hot vinegar onto the gum first, and then dip a toothbrush into the bowl and brush at the gum to remove. This procedure can be a rather slow process and may require you to reheat the vinegar, but it is effective. Once you’re happy with the removal result, scrub the area gently with water and detergent to help remove the vinegar smell. Finish off by machine washing the clothing.