Oh no! You’ve got chewing gum stuck on your clothes! You may have tried picking some of it off your clothes on your own, but the dreaded chewing gum is difficult to remove. Thankfully, there are a lot of hints and tips to teach you how to remove gum from clothes. These include boiling, freezing, WD-40 Multi Use Product, hair spray, rubbing alcohol, and ironing.
From all of these, we recommend the use of the freezing method or WD-40.
Using the Freezing Method
If you want to remove gum from clothes, then the freezing method is one of the simplest:
First, fold the fabric or garment in a way that the area with the gum is facing outward and face-up. This means that you should be able to see the affected area once you’ve done the folding.
Now, place this folded fabric or garment into a plastic bag that can be sealed. While doing so, you should make sure that the piece of gum shouldn’t stick to the inside of the plastic bag.
Now seal the bag and place it into your freezer in order to freeze the gum. Depending on the type of the garment or the size of the gum stain, freezing times may vary. Normally, this may take about 2-3 hours.
After the prescribed amount of time has passed, take out the plastic bag and take out its contents.
Now all you need to do is get yourself a blunt knife and immediately start scraping off the gum before it begins to thaw off. If you’ve followed all these steps, you’ll notice that you can remove gum from clothes quite simply with this method.
WD-40 Multi Use Product can also be used to help remove the gum from your clothing. Before you try this, be sure to perform a discreet patch test on the item of clothing, to be sure that WD-40 does not damage the item. Then, get yourself some WD-40 and follow these 4 steps:
Get yourself a sponge or a rag and liberally pour on some WD-40.
Now, rub the affected area with the treated rag or sponge – and don’t worry, this product won’t stain your clothes. Once this has been done, wait for a couple of minutes for the WD-40 to attack the gum.
Now get your hands on a blunt knife or spatula and gently scrape or pick at the affected area to remove the gum from your clothes. You’ll find that it will begin to roll off much more easily.
Once the gum is off, all you need to do is soak the affected area with a fabric softener – preferably scented – and wash away with water and soap. When you rinse and dry your clothes, you’ll see that your little home experiment was an absolute success!
After using WD-40, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly, especially if they have come into contact with the product.