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Posted by Bridget Reed

9 Tips on How To Get Gum out of Clothes

There's nothing quite like the sinking feeling you get when you discover a wad of gum clinging stubbornly to your favorite pair of jeans or your most cherished T-shirt. It's an all-too-common scenario that can ruin your outfit and your day — even worse than your standard stain. But fear not because we at Miracle Brand are here to turn that frown upside down. 

In this article, we'll guide you through foolproof methods to banish that gum from your clothes once and for all. From quick home remedies to our innovative cleaning products, we've got a solution for every gum crisis. 

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to tackle this sticky situation head-on. With our tips, you'll remove the gum and gain some handy laundry skills along the way.

1. Freezing the Gum

The freezing method is a classic approach to gum removal, and for good reason. When you pop your gum-afflicted garment into the freezer, you're leveraging the power of temperature to your advantage. The key here is to ensure the gum is completely encased in ice, rendering it as hard as a rock. 

This transformation makes the gum lose its adhesive qualities, allowing you to simply break or scrape it off with a butter knife or a spoon. This method is particularly effective for delicate fabrics where other aggressive cleaning methods might cause damage. 

It's a simple, chemical-free way to deal with gum — just patience and a bit of cold.

2. Using Oils To Loosen the Gum

Oils work wonders in loosening gum, thanks to their unique chemical properties. When you dab a bit of olive or vegetable oil onto the gum, it breaks down the gum's sticky polymers. The oil slowly infiltrates the gum's structure, weakening its grip on the fabric. 

This method is gentle yet effective, making it suitable for a wide range of materials, from denim to cotton. After applying the oil, wait a few minutes to let it do its magic. Then, gently work the gum off the fabric using a soft cloth or a toothbrush. The oil method removes gum and leaves your fabric soft and unharmed. 

3. The Hair Dryer Method

The hair dryer method is another effective way to deal with gum. The concept is simple yet brilliant: applying heat to the gum makes it softer and more malleable, thus easier to peel off. You want to hold the hair dryer close enough to the gum to heat it but not so close that it damages the fabric. 

Keep the dryer moving to distribute the heat evenly. Once the gum is warm and soft, use a piece of cardboard or a plastic scraper to gently lift it off. 

This method is particularly useful for thicker fabrics where gum can get deeply embedded. Just remember to wash the garment afterward to remove any gum residue.

4. Vinegar: The Natural Solution

With its acidic nature, vinegar offers a natural and effective solution to the gum problem. The acetic acid in vinegar dissolves the gum, making it easier to scrape off. It’s a safe method for most fabrics, particularly useful for those who prefer eco-friendly cleaning solutions. 

To use this method, soak a small cloth in vinegar and place it over the gum. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the vinegar to penetrate and break down the gum. 

Then, gently scrape the gum off the fabric using a spoon or a brush. Vinegar helps with gum removal and acts as a natural fabric softener, leaving your clothes fresh and clean. 

5. Use High-Quality Detergent

When home remedies fall short, our Miracle Made Laundry Detergent Sheets come to the rescue. These innovative sheets combine eco-friendliness with powerful cleaning capabilities. After loosening the gum with oil, simply toss your garment into the washing machine with one of our detergent sheets. 

Made from just four natural ingredients, our laundry sheets are designed to tackle even the most stubborn stains, including gum, without being tough and wearing down your clothes. They are free of harsh chemicals, making them safe for your skin and the environment. 

Their space-saving design means no more bulky detergent bottles cluttering your laundry room. In addition to their cleaning power, these sheets are a testament to our commitment to eco-conscious living. 

They're perfect for those who want a powerful clean without compromising on environmental values. And when you can just throw difficult-to-clean garments into the washer and trust they’ll emerge clean and undamaged, you’ll waste less time on laundry — hello, earlier bedtime.

7. Ice Cubes

This method is especially handy when you're out and about and need an immediate solution. Rubbing an ice cube directly on the gum hardens it quickly, making it easier to scrape off. 

It's a great option for small gum spots and works well on most fabrics. The cold from the ice cube has a similar effect to freezing, but it's more direct and faster. 

It's a simple yet effective method requiring minimal tools — just an ice cube and a blunt tool to scrape the gum. It's a great way to avoid using chemicals or heat, which might not be suitable for all fabrics. 

8. Rubbing Alcohol: The Disinfectant Method

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol removes gum and cleans and disinfects the fabric in the process. Its solvent properties make it effective in breaking down the gum's stickiness. 

To use this method, soak a cotton ball or cloth in rubbing alcohol and dab it onto the gum. Let it sit for a few minutes, then gently peel the gum off. 

Rubbing alcohol is particularly effective on synthetic fabrics and is a good option when dealing with larger gum spots. It's also useful for removing any residual stickiness left after using other methods. 

Besides its cleaning power, rubbing alcohol is readily available and easy to use. However, it's important to ensure that the fabric can handle alcohol without any color fading or damage. As with any cleaning method, doing a spot test on a hidden area of the garment is always a good idea.

9. Peanut Butter!

Peanut butter might seem like an unconventional choice, but it's surprisingly effective against gum. The oils in peanut butter help to break down the gum's stickiness. 

Spread a thin layer of creamy peanut butter over the gum and let it sit for a few minutes. The oils will work their magic, softening the gum and making it easy to remove. 

Then, gently scrape off the peanut butter and gum using a spatula or a dull knife. This method works best on sturdy fabrics and is a great option when you're looking for a natural, chemical-free solution. 

Sticking the Landing

In conclusion, getting gum out of clothes doesn't have to be a daunting task. With these tips, you can easily tackle this sticky situation and save your favorite garments from being discarded. Whether you choose a home remedy or our Miracle Made Laundry Detergent Sheets, there's a solution for every type of gum crisis. 

These methods remove gum and offer a chance to learn more about fabric care. And remember, regular maintenance with high-quality products like ours not only helps manage such challenges but also enhances the overall longevity and appearance of your clothes. 

So next time gum finds its way onto your attire, don't despair. Armed with these tips, you're well-equipped to handle it with ease and confidence. 

Sources:

Decomposition of Polymers: Removal of Chewing Gum | University of Akron

Methods for Natural and Synthetic Polymers Recovery from Textile Waste | National Library of Medicine

Isopropyl Alcohol | National Library of Medicine

Textiles | UGA

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