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How to Remove Gum From Clothing

 So, you’ve got gum all over your clothes! You’ve tried to pick off as much as you can, but there’s still some left. Luckily, there are many items and techniques that you can use to remove gum from clothing, including freezing, ironing, boiling, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, label remover, duct tape, laundry soap, hair spray, orange oil, and WD-40. Below we will explain how:
 
 

1. Freezing

1. Fold the garment so that the gum is facing outwards. You should be able to see the gum.
2. Place the garment into a plastic sealable bag. Make sure that the gum does not stick to the bag. If you don’t know how to stop the gum from sticking to the bag, place the garment on top of the bag instead.
3. Seal the bag and place in the freezer for several hours. You want the gum to freeze, and this should take roughly 2-3 hours.
4. Remove the garment from the freezer. Open the bag and take out the contents.
5. Peel the gum off as quickly as possible. Use a blunt knife to avoid cutting the fabric. Do not allow the gum to thaw out, as the freezing solidifies it and makes it easier to scrape off.

2. Boiling

1. Submerge the gum in very hot water.
2. While submerged, scrape off the gum with a knife, toothbrush, or putty knife.
3. Scrub the fabric while still immersed in boiling water.
4. Let the garment dry, and repeat if necessary.

3. Rubbing Alcohol

1. Use rubbing alcohol for delicate fabrics. Rubbing alcohol will not stain or remove colors from your fabrics.
2. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a rag or sponge.
3. Rub the gum with the sponge or rag. Wait a couple of minutes so that the alcohol can take effect.
4. Using a spatula, gently attack the gum.
5. Soak the area with scented fabric softener, if desired, and wash with soap and water. Rinse and dry.

4. Ironing

1. Place the garment on top of some cardboard so that the gum is between the fabric and the cardboard.
2. Iron the affected areas on a medium setting. The gum should transfer onto the cardboard from the garment.
3. Repeat until nearly all the gum has been transferred to the cardboard.
4. Wash the garment. The gum should be completely removed now.

5. Label Remover

1. Spray the area with a label remover spray, such as Servisol Label Remover 130.
2. Leave for 1 minute.
3. Using a fine brass wire brush, scrape off the gum. It should come off without much effort.
4. Add soap to the area, and rinse off the label remover.

6. Vinegar

1. Heat a cup of vinegar in the microwave or on the stove. Bring to just below the boil.
2. Dip an old toothbrush in the hot vinegar and rub the gum with the toothbrush.
3. Continue dipping and rubbing until all the gum has gone.
4. Wash the garment to remove the vinegar smell.

 

7. Liquid Laundry Soap

1. Cover the gum in liquid laundry soap.
2. Use a toothbrush to work the soap into the gum. This will help break it up.
3. Scrape away the gum using a blunt knife.
4. Throw the garment in the washing machine.

8. Duct Tape

1. Cut off a strip of duct tape.
2. Press the tape firmly on the gum. Cover all of gum’s surface area, if possible.
3. Peel of tapped area.
4. Repeat until all of the gum is removed.

9. Hair Spray

1. Spray a tiny amount of hair spray directly onto the gum. The spray should cause the gum to harden.
2. Scrape off the hardened gum with a blunt knife.
3. Wash as normal.

10. Orange Oil

1. Apply a small amount to a clean rag or sponge.  
2. Rub the sponge on the gum. After a minute or two, use a dull knife or spatula to remove the gum.
3. Wash the garment as usual.

11. WD-40

1. Spray some WD-40 on the gum.
2. Run the gum off using a cloth or brush.
3. Wash as usual.

Source: wikihow
Images: depositphotos

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