How to Remove Gum from Clothing

So, somehow, a piece of chewed-up gum found itself stuck to your favorite top or pair of pants. It is a dreaded feeling to think that your favorite piece of clothing is ruined over a 10 cent stick of gum but don’t be in despair, the chewing gum can be removed from your clothing and there are a few different methods of removing the gum. You can try them all and find out which method works best for you.

Boil the Gum Off

One way you can remove gum from clothing is by boiling the gum off. Boil water in a pot on the stove, carefully put the part of your garment with gum on it into the boiling water. With a knife, start to scrape the gum off of the material. You can scrape the gum with a knife or any other object that will work for you while it’s in the water or you can take it out, scrape it, dip it back in the water to melt the gum more and repeat this method until it’s gone. Just be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water, stove or steam.

Freeze and Break

Another method of removing gum from clothing is by freezing the gum and then breaking it off. Put your garment into a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for a number of hours until the gum is completely frozen. Depending on the material it is stuck to, it should relatively easily chip off of your clothes.

Iron Out the Gum

Finally, another great method of removing gum from your clothing is by ironing it. Take a piece of cardboard, newspaper or thick paper and lay your garment down with the gum directly on the cardboard or paper. Start to iron over the spot where the gum is stuck. It should start to melt into the cardboard. Move the spot with the gum around on the piece of cardboard and continue to iron over it until the gum is stuck onto the cardboard and no longer stuck to your piece of clothing.

All of these methods can be very efficient and easy ways to remove gum from your clothing. They are the three cleanest methods as well. Try them out and see which one works best for you.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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