No need to scratch until exhaustion. You will tire yourself out unnecessarily and may worsen the stain. Also, don’t think about washing the washing machine, it won’t help loosen the gum. The best is to resort to more stable methods. You can, for example, use boiling water, ice cubes, or vinegar to remove the chewing gum without leaving stains or discoloring your clothes. Here are the wisest remedies to solve this thorny problem.
To remove chewing gum, rely on the power of vinegar!
The first method proven by experts is vinegar: it effectively copes with dry chewing gum. All you have to do is pour ½ cup of vinegar into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Lay the garment out on a flat surface and soak a washcloth or towel in hot vinegar. Gently rub the area where the gum is. You will notice that it becomes more elastic and hydrated. Next, use a leather pusher to gently scrape off that gum. If there is still some residue, soak the soiled part of the garment directly in the vinegar and then scrub it with an old toothbrush. Finally, the last step, rinse it with cold water and wash this part of the clothes with washing powder. Now hang the garment to dry properly. You will notice that the stain is completely gone!
Freeze your clothes or use an ice cube on the affected area
Another trick is to put the garment in the freezer to harden the gum. In fact, when exposed to cold, it becomes more brittle and therefore easier to scratch. Use a freezer bag to tuck your soiled pants and put them in the freezer for about two hours. After this time, you can remove it: now take off the gum with a spoon, spatula or wooden ice cream stick (if you have one at home). Attention, formally avoid using scissors or a sharp knife, your pants may rip!
good to know : If there is still some stubborn residue, you can put an ice cube directly on the fabric or in a plastic bag. This will allow you to cool the affected area more and remove gum residues more easily.
Boiling water, another deadly weapon against the chewing gum embedded in your clothes
After the ice cream, it’s time to heat up! This method is also popular for removing chewing gum stuck to clothing. First start by boiling the water in the pan. Then pour it into a small basin where you will soak the soiled part of the garment for five minutes. The intense heat will help the gum break up more easily from the fabric. Then use a slightly blunt paper cutter to completely remove the gum, being careful not to damage the clothing. If you still see some tough residue, use a stiff brush or an old toothbrush to remove it.
Have you thought about lemonade?
Lemon juice is also a surefire way to remove gum from fabric quickly. It works well with dark clothes, but also with very thin fabrics. The application is very simple: add a few drops of lemon juice to a bowl of warm water. Wet the area with a cloth and remove the gum with a toothbrush. It will come off very easily!
good to know : When the garment has dried a bit and the gum is still on it, you can use an iron to remove it more easily. Set it to medium heat and place parchment paper or cardboard over the affected area of the garment. The heating effect of the iron will work in an unexpected way: the gum residue will peel off immediately and stick to the paper. You will then be able to rub the garment more easily. There will be no trace of this unfortunate incident!