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How to Get Bubble Gum Out of Clothing

Updated on September 26, 2012

How many times to warn your family members to clean out their pockets before you do laundry? Probably a thousand--and how many times do things like pens, coins, and gum get left behind? Gum can wreak havoc on an entire load of clothes as well as making a mess of your appliances. If you do find that you have gum on your clothing, here are a couple of very simple ways to get it off.

Method 1: Butter Knife and Ice

Rub the spot with ice cubes to make the gum harden. Use the tip of a butter knife to gently scrape away the gum. You might have to rub the spot several times and be very gentle with the knife to avoid damaging your clothes. This trick also works for carpet, car interiors, upholstery, and towels.

Method 2: Goo GoneĀ®

Goo Gone solution will also remove gum quickly. I think this is a miracle product and we have bottles in our kitchen and laundry room for cleaning up gum and adhesive residue. Test a hidden spot of the fabric to make sure it doesn't discolor the material. Put a few drops on a paper towel and blot the spot. The solution will dissolve the gum in a few minutes. Let the product do the work; avoid scrubbing to spare damage to the fabric. Machine wash the garmet with a little extra detergent and dry as you normally would.


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