How to Get Gum Out of Pant Pockets

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Forgetting to remove a pack of gum from your pants pocket before throwing them in the washing machine can have disastrous consequences. Chances are the gum cements the fabric to itself, resulting in a pair of pants that is unwearable at the very least. There are a number of ways to get gum out of fabric, but the simplest method involves purposefully hardening the gum prior to removal. Reclaim your pair of pants using your freezer and a few household materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer
  • Butter knife
  • Cotton balls
  • Solvent
  • Reach into the pocket, grasp the bottom and pull it out of the pants. The gum stain should be exposed.

  • Place the pair of pants into the freezer for several hours, or overnight for better results. The gum should be hard to the touch when you remove the pants.

  • Chip away as much of the gum as possible using the blade of a butter knife.

  • Saturate several cotton balls with a solvent, such as lighter fluid, acetone or isopropyl alcohol, and press them to the remaining gum stain. Allow the solvent to penetrate the gum and loosen it for several minutes.

  • Flake off the remaining gum stain using the butter knife.

  • Push the pocket back into the pants and launder as normal, or according to the care instructions printed on the tag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Peanut butter can also be rubbed into the gum stain to remove it. Rub until the gum loosens, then peel it away from the fabric. Pretreat with a laundry stain remover, then launder as normal.

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