How to Get Gum Out of a Backpack


If you find gum stuck to the fabric of your child’s backpack, throwing it in the washing machine is unlikely to remove it. By following a few easy steps, you can remove the gum first and then tackle any remaining residue or stain left behind.

How to Get Gum Out of a Backpack
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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic knife
  • Toothbrush
  • Prewash stain remover (optional)
  • Dry cleaning solvent (optional)
  • Liquid dish soap (optional)
Step 1

Put on rubber gloves.

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Step 2

Rub the gum on the backpack with your gloved finger. Roll the gum into little bits and pull them off.

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Step 3

Put the backpack in the freezer. Keep it there for about an hour so the gum freezes.

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Step 4

Scrape against the fabric of the backpack with a plastic knife to remove the frozen gum.

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Step 5

Scrub the fabric gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any stubborn remnants.

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Step 6

Treat any remaining stain or greasy residue by sponging on dry cleaning solvent, rubbing in liquid dish soap or apply a prewash spray.

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