How to remove chewing gum on clothes: top effective methods

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Gum, as a contaminant, is afraid of cold and high temperatures

Gum can stick to your clothes or home textiles unexpectedly. It can be a "gift" from children or a surprise that can easily be picked up on the street. Fortunately, you can remove this problem if you do it right.

OBOZREVATEL gathered a few best practices. They do not require sophisticated chemicals or great effort. the necessary tools can be found in any home.


Gum hardens and crumbles in the cold, so the best way to get rid of it is to freeze the dirt. To do this, you can put the thing that has gum stuck to it in a bag and put it in the freezer for a few hours. When it freezes properly, it can be easily removed. The main thing is not to rub it before. If it is not possible to put the thing in the freezer, the gum can be properly treated with an ice cube - directly or wrapped in a bag - or held under a stream of cold water.

Boiling water

Rubber bands do not like high temperatures either. So it can be washed with boiling water, if the cloth allows it. But you have to be very careful not to burn yourself. The stain should be poured with boiling water from a kettle and gently scrubbed with a stiff brush. It is best to do this with two people. You can also boil the thing in a pot or large bowl for a few minutes and then remove it with a knife.


Another "hot" method. Place a paper towel or a towel on the gum and run a hot iron over it several times. The gum should remain on the paper. The thing will need to be washed after this treatment to remove any stain that may remain in place of the gum.

Hair dryer

A hair dryer can also melt the gum well so that it can be brushed off. The main thing is to choose the highest temperature and keep the hair dryer not close to the fabric, but close enough.


An acidic solution can dissolve gum. It is better to take heated white vinegar - it will work more effectively and will not leave stains. A stiff brush is dipped into the hot vinegar, and then the gum is treated. It should collapse and come off the fabric. To avoid leaving a specific smell on the thing, it should be washed afterwards.

Nail polish remover

Both acetone-containing and acetone-free liquids are suitable for this treatment, but the product should be tested on an inconspicuous area of the garment before treatment. The solvent can damage the fabric dye, and even destroy some synthetic materials. It is even possible to remove gum in this way, even with a cotton pad. The main thing is not to rush and not to rub the gum hard, but to soak and remove it.

Previously OBOZREVATEL told how to remove stains from children's clothes without aggressive chemicals and bleaches.

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