5 Simple And Efficient Ways To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Clothes

January 16, 2019

You might think it is incredibly hard to get rid of wine or blood stains. If so, you’ve probably never had chewing gum on your closes. The first flavored gums appeared back in the 1860s. So people have had these addictive things stuck on their clothes for more than a hundred years! Unfortunately, you might encounter such problem even if you typically do not chew those gums. Someone might leave theirs on a chair or stick it to a wall. We believe everyone should know simple ways of removing chewing gums from clothes.

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How to remove chewing gum from clothes at home

There are numerous ways of removing gum from clothes, and the one you chose depends mainly on the type of fabrics and your personal preference. Let’s take a closer look at the general and most common methods.

1. Liquid laundry soap

If you have liquid laundry soap, you can try using it as the main component. Just cover the area with it and scratch with a usual toothbrush, so that the gum absorbs all the liquid. Using a blunt knife or your fingers, gently rub off the chewing gum. The final step is to simply do the laundry as usual.

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2. Iron is useful

Take a piece of cardboard and place the garment on it right where the chewing gum is. The gum should be between the garment and the cardboard. Iron the area (on medium setting) for a few minutes. The gum should transfer onto the piece of cardboard from the clothes. Do the usual laundry afterward.

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3. Freeze the gum

Take a plastic bag and put the garment into it. The point is that freezing cold can separate the gum from the clothes. Put the bag into the freezer and leave it there for a few hours. After you take the garment out, tear off the gum as quickly as possible. You can try peeling off the gum with a blunt knife. Another similar way of removing chewing gum is with the help of ice cubes.

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4. Boiling

Make sure that the garment can be washed in hot water before using this method. You need a pan of boiled water (a kettle can also work) and a knife. Submerge the area with the gum into the water. Using a knife scrape the gum off. Afterward, scrub the fabrics with a toothbrush, while it is still in the water.

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5. Almighty vinegar

Microwave a small cup of vinegar to just below a boil. Tear off as much gum as you can with your fingers. Put a toothbrush into the vinegar and then rub off the rest of the gum. You can reheat the vinegar if needed. Do the usual laundry after the procedure is done to get rid of the vinegar smell.

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Getting rid of the chewing gum can be quite challenging, yet surely possible. You don’t have to throw your clothes away every time you encounter such problem! We really hope these methods will help you and your friends coop with the chewing gum on clothes issue.

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This material is provided for informational purposes only. Some of the products and items discussed in this article may cause an allergic reaction and damage your health. Before use, consult a certified technician/specialist. The editorial board is not responsible for any harm or other consequences that may be caused by the use of the methods, products or items described in this article.

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