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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes in 9 Steps or Less

Gum shouldn't go anywhere but the bin when you're done chewing! Read on to learn how to remove chewing gum from your clothes in no time.


How to Remove Chewing Gum

The sight of chewing gum on your clothes is an immediate stress trigger, but it doesn’t have to mean the end for your garment. Whether you’ve sat down on a chair and gotten an unpleasant surprise, or your child has returned from school with gum stuck to their uniform, there are different approaches that can be taken in order to remove chewing gum from clothes.

You don’t have to panic! There are two effective ways to rid your clothes of gum, especially with a bit of OMO Liquid.

Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes With the Freezing Method

Praised on an international scale by parents and teenagers alike, the easiest and most commonly suggested method for how to remove chewing gum from clothes is freezing. This can be done from the comfort of your own home and, most importantly, is fabric friendly, leaving no trace of chewing gum upon completion. Here’s our 9-step freezing method to remove chewing gum from clothes:

  1. Take the clothing item and place in a freezer bag, making sure that the chewing gum doesn’t stick to the bag. This method can be applied to all fabrics.

  2. Seal the bag correctly.

  3. Place the garment in your freezer.

  4. Leave the bag in the freezer for a minimum of two hours.

  5. Remove the bag from the freezer.

  6. Take your garment from the freezer bag and place it on a sturdy surface.

  7. Peel the chewing gum off the clothing as soon as possible to prevent the chewing gum from warming up and reattaching to the fabric.

  8. If you are unable to remove the chewing gum with your fingernails, apply a blunt knife or another blunt object as this will remove chewing gum from your clothes without damaging the fabric – as always, be careful when using potentially dangerous items and angle knives away from you.

  9. The chewing gum should peel off smoothly and without any force. If traces remain, hand wash the item or place in the washing machine for a final rinse.

How To Remove Gum From Clothes With Detergent

Freezing is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to removing chewing gum from clothes. Make sure that all garments are washed normally after applying the following technique, and that all products are tested on a small piece of fabric first. This is especially important for garments and Abayas made from delicate fabrics like silk and chiffon. Simply spot treat the area with a dab of OMO Liquid, allowing it to soak into and around the area afflicted with the sticky mess! Gently loosen the gum from the fabric with the side of a spoon, ensuring you never press down. Once you have removed all that you can, wash the clothing on a cool temperature and check that the stain is completely gone before drying – if there is any residue left, heat will only make it more permanent! You may need to repeat this process if there is a shadow of a stain, but it should disappear completely!

These tips should leave you with fresh, gum-free clothes and a smile on your face – just give them a try!

  • Freezing is a favourite technique for resolving gum accidents

  • You can also spot-treat with OMO Liquid to remove gum in the wash

  • You should be able to remove gum from just about any fabric

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