3 easy ways to remove gum from clothing

Fear not! Removing gum from clothing is actually pretty painless. We have three ways to conquer it.

By Amy Valm September 2, 2016


Acid method: Microwave a bowl of vinegar for 1 minute. Dip fabric in bowl of vinegar and scrub off gum with an old toothbrush.


Hot trick: Heat gum with a hair dryer and scrape with a plastic knife. Place a dollop of analgesic rub on residue and rub a zip-top bag over it (the methyl salicylate in the topical pain reliever sticks to plastic).


Cold approach: Lay ice cubes on the gum for 30 minutes. Move fabric to a flat surface and scrape off frozen gum with a knife.

A version of this article appeared in our September 2016 issue with the headline “How to remove gum from clothing,” p. 34. Illustrations by Sarah Rafter.


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