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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

Remove Chewing Gum from Clothes. If you have chewing gum stuck to your clothes, don't worry. Lady's maid Bea Knapp will show you how to get rid of it in no time.

Step 1: You will need

  • some ice
  • 1 freezer bag
  • 1 knife
  • 1 toothbrush

Step 2: Act fast

For best results, act fast. Letting the gum dry makes it much harder to get out later. Pull off as much as you can with your fingers.

Step 3: Freeze

Hardening the gum by freezing stops it sinking deeper into the fabric.

If it is a bulky garment, put some ice in a freezer bag and place it on the gum for a couple of minutes until it hardens. Or, take a single ice cube and rub it directly onto the gum until it becomes brittle.

Step 4: Scrape off the gum

Once the gum has hardened, try to scrape it off with a knife. You should be able to remove all of the gum in this way from tough fabrics like denim.

Step 5: Delicate Fabrics

For more delicate materials, like wool, pull off as much as you can, then wrap the item in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer to harden the gum. This should only take a few minutes.
Or rub an ice cube over the gum as before to harden it.
When it is brittle enough, gently pull of as much as you can with your fingers. Be careful not to pull to hard or you may damage the fabric.

Step 6: Scrub with a toothbrush

Finally, take an old toothbrush and gently scrub the area to remove any remaining traces of gum.
Bea has removed all the chewing gum from both garments using these methods, but if there is any left on yours, wash as you normally would.