I need some hints on how to get chewing gum out of a shirt after going through the dryer.
By Diana from Birdsboro, PA
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Place shirt in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer until the gum hardens and you should be able to scrape it off the fabric.
Any ideas from 2014? Or anything not mentioned yet?
Well, I also discovered gum AFTER throwing a micro fibre pillow case (part of a king size duvet set) into the wash and dryer. The fabric softener method worked wonders. Btw, it doesn't have to be Downy, either. I had a no name softener that did the trick.
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I need help, I washed and dried a load of clothes and then found
the gum. Well, I've removed it from the dryer with WD-40, but I
can't get it out of some of the clothing items. It's no longer
a chunk of gum, it's set into the fabric and is very stiff and
looks stained. Any ideas on how to remove it?
This happened to my daughter's fuzzy nightgown years ago. I
rubbed peanut butter into the hard spots, then started scraping
with my fingernails and eventually scraping on the wrong side of
the fabric with a paring knife. I got most of the gum out, then
probably pretreated it with dish soap (that's what I usually do
with any stain). I washed it and it came out clean, but with a
grease spot. I treated the grease spot with either dish soap or
shampoo and washed it again, and the gum/stain was totally gone.
(If you cannot get grease out, you can actually rub cornstarch
into a grease spot on a dry garment before wearing it and then
brush it hard, and the spot usually will not show.) She wore
that nightie till it fell apart. (12/08/2004)
Well when that happened to me I used lighter fluid. You put that
on and let it set for a while then go back and put more on it
then rub it or scrape it. It does work now. (12/10/2004)
I'm a bit of a gum freak, so one night as I chewed on three
pieces (sick, I know) I was playing with a bit of gum pulling it
out of my mouth and letting it snap back and I accidentally
dropped in. I didn't actually find it until the morning of the
next day where it was wedged between my new bra and tanktop. I
hardened the gum with and an ice cube, then applied rubbing
alcohol and pulled the gum off bit by bit with a pair of tweezers.
This is actually an easy one. Cut a paper bag in half and turn on
an iron on high. Put the bag on the spot and iron the spot; it
will get the gum out and it will get all of it out. Just keep
ironing and moving the bag around and you will get it out. It
also works on candle wax if it gets on your carpet. (08/07/2005)
Surely by now you have removed the gum from your clothing! For
future reference, however, use Scotch tape to remove the gum
from clothes. The gum will stick to the Scotch tape and peel off
I just used warm vinegar and a butter knife on set in gum. The
gum was on my favorite pair of gauchos and it could not have
worked any better! I warmed the vinegar in the microwave and
scraped it with a butter knife and it came right off. I would
recommend this method to everyone! (07/09/2007)
The vinegar didn't work...:-( (07/12/2007)
By dt big boy
The vinegar did work in like minutes yay! (08/28/2007)
My daughter sat in neon green gum wearing white shorts. The
bag/iron method didn't work in this case, but the vinegar did.
It made the gum ball up so it could easily be removed. It left a
little green color behind, but it came out nicely in the wash
with a little bleach. Thanks! (10/15/2007)
Nail polish remover works like a champ. (11/02/2007)
I don't recommend the iron method. I tried it on a cotton t-
shirt and it completely set the gum into the fabric and I had to
throw it away. (12/02/2007)
The iron thing worked great! I am so happy to have my fave jeans
I got the gum in a ballpark about 2 months ago and gave up on
them after a few methods and even went to the store to buy
another pair, thankfully they didn't have them anymore.
OK guys, listen up. A piece of green Trident gum went through an
entire dryer cycle and got all over a load of light colored
clothes. I tried Vaseline and it didn't work. Tried nail polish
remover with acetone, it didn't work. (I was hoping to find
something that wouldn't stain the clothes so I was hesitant to
try anything with oil). Here's what "did" work and it was easy:
Soak the stain in liquid Downy fabric softener for about 15
minutes (I used Ultra Downy). Then rinse in very warm water and
the gum comes right out as you rub your fingers over the stain.
I will never try another method in the future, although I hope I
won't need to. (01/05/2008)
I'm a guy and have no idea what to do in these situations, but I
washed all darks with a full pack of gum in a pocket. It was
"bad". I filled the washer with cold water and dumped in a bunch
of ice. Then poured a half bottle of Palmolive dish soap in the
washer with some Shout. This inhibited the stickiness of the gum
and the ice cold water keeps the gum cold and unable to stick.
The gum comes right out. Give it a try! (06/05/2008)
I did a science fair project on this. Peanut butter didn't work.
Neither did the ice or the nail polish remover. The vinegar
worked ok, but Windex works the best. (08/20/2008)
My husband wore a brand new black Alfani suit to a wedding in
New York. On the way there, he leaned against a wall in the
subway and got green spearmint gum all over his suit jacket and
pants. I sat in a bar and tried the ice method for over an hour.
I managed to get the thickest part of the gum out. When I got
home I tried the vinegar method and the hot iron method. I could
not get out the ground in gum. I was reluctant to use the Goo
Gone because I feared that it would ruin the suit. Ultimately, I
used it and it worked like a charm. I applied it with a tooth
brush and the gum disappeared. As for the Goo Gone residue, I
used the vinegar, hot iron, and a press cloth to get it out of
the suit. The suit is like new. (08/24/2008)
Scotch tape worked beautifully for a fresh piece of gum on a
polyester skirt. A good and easy method for a first attempt at
removal. It might be all you need! (08/29/2008)
Do not use the paper bag and iron trick on synthetic fabrics,
the iron burned a hole right through the material of a chair I
was using it on! It worked great on my jeans though.
Windex and a toothbrush on my favorite jeans worked!
Step 1: Remove as much gum as possible with a spoon.
Step 2: Use brown Scotch tape to take as much more gum as
Step 3: Use Windex and a toothbrush to scrape gum out.
NOTE: the Windex causes the gum to come out in little balls.
Make sure you brush it off into the sink so you don't put gum
lint balls all over your clothes. I Windexed, toothbrushed,
rinsed with cold water and repeated multiple times.
Step 4: Wash your garment.
This made a brand-new polyester/spandex dress look like new, but
it takes patience and work. (05/07/2009)
If there is a lump of gum use ice cube or place in the freezer
and you can remove it. If there is a stain try lemon or lemon
based dishwashing liquid or bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.
I used the ice method and scraped it off with a paring knife.
What I found to work even better than the paring knife was a
good old fashioned metal potato peeler after the ice. It did
leave some parts of the belt looking more worn, but there is no
gum left at all! (05/13/2010)
My niece got chewing gum on a cotton dress. Being six she just put it into the laundry. We wash our clothes in a portable washer/spinner and hang them outside to dry. It went through the wash and spinner and when we found it, it was too late. It was into the fabric and sequins. Really did try everything. Nothing was working. I ended up using peanut butter which did work in the end, but I used more than a cup and still had to scrub it twice. Not an easy fix but peanut butter was the only thing to get it all off.
I need help, I washed and drIed a load of clothes and then found the gum. Well I've removed it from the dryer with WD-40, but I can't get it out of some of the clothing items. It's no longer a chunk of gum, it's set into the fabric and is very stiff and looks stained. Any ideas on how to remove it?