Two easy ways to remove chewing gum from your clothes. Depending on the material you can use one of the following.
How to remove chewing gum from clothes – freeze!
This is great for fairly flat textured material like cotton or denim. Or chunky knitted garments with lots of space between the fibres.
As soon as the chewing gum gets stuck onto your clothes, don’t rub or pick at it – just pop the item of clothing into the freezer as soon as you can and leave it for around an hour or so. Once you take the item out of the freezer the gum will have frozen solid and so it’s fairly easy to just snap it from the clothing.
How to remove chewing gum from clothes – vinegar!
This is best used on fine woollen knits or where the gum has been rubbed into the fabric rather than just pressed onto it.
Warm up about a quarter cup of white vinegar – you don’t need to be getting out saucepans just whack it in the microwave for around 20 seconds so it’s hand hot.
Soak the gum with the vinegar and leave for around 30 minutes. After this time the vinegar should have dissolved a lot of the gum and certainly removed the stickiness. Pull away as much as you can by hand then re-soak the gum stain again in warm vinegar. Using your fingers rub it into the material the roll off the gum. Turn garment inside out and treat gum stain from the reverse side also.
Always do a small patch test with the hot vinegar in an insignificant place on the garment to check for colour run – but to be honest if you’ve got chewing gum stuck to it then the item is pretty much ruined anyway so I’m always happy to go straight ahead and remove with vinegar.
After removing the gum just wash the garment as per the washing instructions and hopefully the gum stain will be completely removed or scarcely noticeable.
Laundry hacks are all part of a good housework routine.