How to clean chewing gum stains from your clothes; it's easy ( + video inside)

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We all like and need chewing gum (ok, some people like TicTacs only :) ) but oh boy do we hate it when gum gets on our clothes.
It happened to me, I sat right on a gum at a concert. I thought it ruined my pants. Tried to scrub it with a knife off, washed it afterwards... NO USE!

Until I came across a new method to clean those stains:

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Step 1: Useless normal washing

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Yeah, my pants have been washed yet the gum stain still remains.
I was considering to throw them, yet they were too comfortable to give up.

Step 2: 2

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Take a bottle of vinegar.

Take a glass and fill a small part of it

Step 3: 3

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Heat the glass of vinegar using microwaves or what you wish

Careful, use a cloth if the glass is to warm.

Step 4: 4

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now use a an old toothbrush you don't need any more,
dip it in the warm vinegar
start to scrub the gum stain area.

Step 5: 5

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Now put them in the washing machine and wash them normally.

After the pants dried up, you will notice that the chewing gum stain is gone.


GSM196715 days ago

This worked so well!!! My husband washed and dried a dress shirt that had a stick of gum in the shirt pocket, which then stuck to itself. He was going to toss the shirt, but I threw it in the freezer overnight, peeled the gum off (so easy!), and then heated the vinegar and scrubbed the residue. A quick run through the washer and dryer, and the shirt is as good as new!

jvdavidd3 months ago

It worked!! Thank you! :)

Totally worked for - on gum & some random goop that got on my son's pajama top! They key is warming the vinegar!

suer27 months ago

WOW!!! This REALLY worked...and it was SOOOOOO easy! The gum lifted in seconds with just a few strokes of the toothbrush. Thanks for the post!

Arham1211 year ago
Can I use something other than vinegar
Mauigerbil2 years ago
This would've been useful when my brother's ex-friend put gum on his $200 real-leather jacket and tried to wash it in the washer. It broke the washer and we (luckily) fixed it, but it still has problems.....

Good instructable though!
mguer1333 years ago
Or do not eat chewing gums.. it made with petrol you know..
diesel works just as well, but i am not sure of it going onto colours, you'll have to test it first on an inconspicuous area
intactos6 years ago
Nice tip! Thanks, man
janito6 years ago
I used WD-40 on my son's Polyester school trousers that had a chewing gum stain. I got the tip off this site. I sprayed some on the stain, gave a little scrub with a brush and the stain disappeared. I washed immediately in soapy water. It worked a treat!
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
You can also freeze the pants and pick the gum out
Rub an ice cube on the gum.
I've never heard of vinegar, just freezing, like linux said. Neat!