How do I remove chewing gum from clothes?
Chewing gum stuck to clothes is one of the annoyances we usually encounter, but the frustration will go away once you know the following management tips.
Use soap or toothpaste
Apply soap or toothpaste to gum stains and gently scrub with a toothbrush to break up any crumbs. After brushing, remove the gum from clothing and add a little liquid detergent in case the gum gets stuck.
If soap doesn’t work, you can make your own bleach solution. Combine 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup vegetable soap, and 40 drops lemon essential oil. Mix the solution well, pour over the caramel, wait five minutes, then wash off.
Try to remove the gum with food.
Sometimes chewing gum itself is the best stain remover for bonded clothes. Chew a little more candy until a gum forms and place it on top of the old gum. Be careful not to let the new candy layer stick to the fabric so as not to aggravate the situation. Then gently remove them from clothing.
If that doesn’t work, try separating it from clothing by brushing it with peanut butter. Wait a few minutes, scoop out the flesh with a plastic stick, straight wood, or butter knife.
Take some ice cubes or a frozen pack and put them in a plastic bag before placing clothes on the gums that are bonded. After the gums have set, you can remove the clothing with a knife, brush, or credit card. Remaining stains can be removed with dish soap and water.
If the gummy item isn’t too big, you can always put it in the freezer.
If cold doesn’t separate the gum, try high heat. Place the clothes on the cardboard, sticky side down. Then place a fairly hot iron on the stained area and iron carefully and gently. The last step is to remove the gums with a toothbrush or a soft scraper.
You can also heat the garment in a pot of boiling water, place it in a hair dryer, or dip the garment in boiling water until the caramel residue comes off.
white or wine vinegar
Distilled white vinegar is an all-purpose household cleaner. This is also a way to remove candy residue from your clothes. Heat the vinegar in the microwave or on the stovetop and use a toothbrush to gently scrub and clean the gum area. Mixing the acid with the vinegar will help soften the stickiness so it can be easily removed.
You can try putting a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and holding it on your gums for a few seconds. This will help break up the polymer in the gum and then scoop it out with your tool of choice. This method is suitable for delicate fabrics and will not damage silk, satin, polyester and other materials that require dry cleaning.
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