Removing Gum from Clothes

Remove Gum from Clothes

Everyone will get infuriated if they have a chewing gum stuck on their shoes or hair, well the same thing can be a trouble when your clothes face the same problem. The chewing gum on your clothes can be a terrible mess when it has been through the dryer and still there, as it will be harder to remove. However, you still can do something to deal with this gummy problem, here the steps on how to do so.

You will need:

  1. Ice cubes
  2. Butter Knifes
  3. Laundry Detergents
  4. Laundry Pretreatment


  1. First, the chewing gum can be removed when it is not sticky and a bit hard, so use a cube of ice and rub it on the gum to harden it. You can also place your affected clothes in the freezer for a few hours until the gum is hardened. But if you were in a hurry, the ice cube method will work quicker to harden the gum.
  2. Then, use a dull-bladed butter knife, letter knife or metal object without sharp edges to scrape off carefully the gum that has already hardened. Avoid using any metal or object with sharp edges such as knife or scissors blades as it most probably will rip through the fabric.
  3. Scrape off any excess of gum on your clothing. Be patient when handling with the scrapping steps as it sometimes can be harder and takes time to remove when you are facing the larger area on your clothing stained by the chewing gum. If the gum tends to be sticky after awhile, you can rub it with a cube of ice to harden it again before scrapping it. When you are confident that the gum is already removed from the clothing, rub pretreatment detergent or liquid laundry to the area affected.
  4. Leave the clothing for awhile to make the pretreatment absorb through the gum stain. Then, wash your clothing according to the type of clothing that you have. Check the clothing label to make sure you are washing it in the correct method.
  5. The other way to remove the chewing gum is by using cooking oil. Use a few drops of cooking oil and then rub the oil on the chewing gum before scrapping it with butter knife or any blunt object. Eventually, the oil will stain your clothes so rub laundry pretreatment or laundry detergent into the area where the gum has been removed. Leave it for awhile and wash the clothing accordingly.

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