Gum stuck to clothes is one of the annoyances we often face, but the frustration is no longer if you know the handling tips below.
Use soap or toothpaste
Apply soap or toothpaste to the gum stains, and gently scrub them with a toothbrush to turn them into small crumbs. After brushing, scrape the gum off your clothes, adding a little liquid detergent if the gum sticks.
If soap doesn’t work, you can create your own bleach solution. Combine 1/4 cup vegetable glycerine, 1/4 cup water, one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup vegetable soap, and 40 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix the solution well, pour it over the candy, wait five minutes and then wash it off.
Try removing the gum with food
The best gum-stained clothes remover is sometimes gum itself. Chew a little more candy until it forms a paste, place it on top of the old gum. Make sure the new layer of candy doesn’t stick to the fabric so it doesn’t make the situation worse. Then, gently pull both of them out of the clothes.
If that doesn’t work, try separating them from the clothes by coating the pieces with peanut butter. Wait a few minutes, pry the pulp with a plastic stick, straight wood, or butter knife.
Take out a few ice cubes or frozen packs and put them in a plastic bag before placing them on the gum that sticks to your clothes. Once the gum has solidified, you can use a blunt knife, paintbrush, or credit card to scrape it off your clothes. Residual stains can be removed with water and detergent.
If the gummy item isn’t too big, you can always put it in the freezer.
If the cold doesn’t separate the gum, try high heat. Place the garment on the cardboard, with the gum face down. Then, place a moderately hot iron on the stained area and iron carefully and gently. The final step is to use a toothbrush or a gentle scraper to remove the residue.
You can also place the garment in the heat of a boiling kettle, a hair dryer, or submerge the garment in boiling water until the candy residue comes off.
White vinegar or wine
Distilled white vinegar is a do-it-yourself cleaner that works for almost anything. This is also a way to remove candy residue on clothes. Heat the vinegar in the microwave or stove, then use a toothbrush to dab and rub gently on the gum area. The acid in the vinegar will help soften the sticky mass for easy removal.
You can try applying a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab and letting it soak into the gum for a few seconds. This will help break up the polymer of the gum, then pull it out with the tool of your choice. This method is suitable for sensitive fabrics and will not damage silk, satin, polyester and other materials that require dry cleaning.
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