How to Get Gum Out of Your Clothing

by on November 20th, 2010
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There are a few simple methods that you can use to remove gum out of clothing. The good thing is, many of these methods do not require store bought products. Here is the most simplest way on removing gum from your clothing.

Step 1 Freeze the garment

A simple way to remove the sticky gum from your clothing is to freeze the garment. First, make certain that the gum is facing out and not in.

Then, put the clothing into a plastic freezer bag and seal it. Take the freezer bag and put it in the freezer, making sure that the position of the bag is not touching anything else.

Leave the garment in the freezer overnight. After that, when you are ready to take the clothing our of the freezer, you should quickly get a knife and use it to remove the gum. It should peel quite easily from the fabric. Handle the knife with care as you do not want the knife to damage the clothing.

If there are only small particles of gum on the clothing, you an use an ice cube to freeze the gum and peel it from the fabric. This works well to remove gum small amount of gum on fabric.

Step 2 Boil that gum out!

If you have access to boiling hot water, you should quickly drown the gum in the hot water.

Use an old toothbrush and scrub the area with the gum vigorously until all the gum comes off from the fabric. Lay the clothing out to dry and repeat if necessary.

This trick works best if the gum has not yet hardened on the fabric. It is important to only dip the area of the clothing that has gum into the water. This process should be avoided on fabrics that are dry clean only.

Step 3 Use an iron to remove the gum from the fabric

You will need to have an iron and some cardboard to complete to do this trick.

First, set the iron heat to medium.

Next, put the clothing with the sticky gum face down onto the cardboard.

Lasyly, iron the garment until the gum is sticking to the cardboard rather than the clothing fabric.

Step 4 Hairspray can also remove gum from fabric

Simply, spraying the affected area of the clothe with hairspray can make the gum brittle and easy to peel off from the fabric.

Rubbing alcohol can be used as an alternative.

Keep in mind that using hairspray or rubbing alcohol may cause the clothing to change its color. It is important to test the fabric first for color changes and whatnot when using any type of chemical to remove gum.


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