This rubber-like material once stuck to your clothes, will refuse to come off. The trick is to treat your clothes as soon as you spot chewing gum stuck to it. Or else, the gum will penetrate deep into the fabric, and may not come off without damaging it. While it might seem difficult to remove chewing gum in its soft form, it’s easier to remove it after it has hardened.
Try this ice-cube method to rid your clothes of chewing gum stains.
Step 1: Remove with Paper
Use a paper to remove as much of the chewing gum as possible. This will keep it from penetrating deeper into the fibres of your clothing.
Step 2: Freeze the Clothing
In a biodegradable bag, drop 5-6 ice cubes. Put it on the stained portion of your clothing for 10-15 minutes. This will cause the chewing gum to harden. Alternatively, you can fold your garment, put it in a resealable bag and place it in your freezer for 1 hour.
Step 3: Scrape Off the Residue
The hardened gum will easily flake with a scraper or spoon. Gently remove the residue. Avoid touching the gum, as this can warm it up and make it difficult to remove. Get rid of the leftover traces with a firm toothbrush.
Step 4: Treat with Vinegar
Directly pour 3-4 drops of undiluted white vinegar on the affected portion of the garment. Gently brush with a firm toothbrush and wait for 10-15 minutes. Then wash as you normally do.
The chewing gum stains should be gone by now, and your restored clothing is now ready for use! Keep this cleaning guide handy.