How to Remove Gum from Clothing

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While not as nasty as chewing gum in the hair, chewing gum on your clothes can be an icky mess--especially if it has been through the dryer. Fortunately, it's easy to fix this problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry Pretreatment
  • Butter Knives
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Harden the gum by rubbing it with a cube of ice. You could also put the clothing item in the freezer for a few hours until it hardens. If you're in a hurry the ice cube will work quicker.

  • Scrape off what you can with a dull-bladed butter knife or another metal object without sharp edges that will rip through the fabric.

  • Rub the area with a pre-treatment enzyme product or liquid laundry detergent. Some claim WD-40 or cooking oil does wonders if you rub it on the chewing gum. If you go that route make sure you wash the clothing item right away after to avoid stains.

  • Launder as usual.

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