How to Get Gum Out of Bed Sheets

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Accidentally falling asleep while chewing gum and then waking up to gum stuck in the sheets can be annoying. Gum will often not come out with a normal wash in the washing machine, and it leaves sheets sticky and dirty-looking. Luckily, it is possible to remove gum from sheets or other fabric using WD-40, a common rust-removing and lubricating product, in just a few easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • WD-40
  • Toothbrush
  • Laundry soap

How to Get Gum Out of Bed Sheets

  • Buy WD-40. It is relatively cheap (usually $3 to $5) and can be found at most hardware and home improvement stores.

  • Spray WD-40 on the gum spots. Make sure to spray enough WD-40 on the gum spots so that they are completely covered in the liquid.

  • Let the WD-40 set on the sheets and soak into the gum spots for several minutes.

  • Using a toothbrush, rub the gum off of the bed sheets. The WD-40 will unstick the gum from the sheets and a toothbrush will remove it from the fabric easily.

  • After the gum is removed from the sheets, they will still have some WD-40 on them. To remove the chemical smell of the WD-40 and get sheets clean enough to use again, wash them in the washing machine with detergent as you normally would.

Tips & Warnings

  • WD-40 has a strong odor and unhealthy fumes. According to the WD-40 safety information on the product's website, it is important to use the product in a well-ventilated area. The WD-40 safety information also suggests avoiding skin contact, eye contact and ingestion, as well as keeping the product way from flames.

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