Getting Gum Out of Clothes

One of my friends called me up and the first thing he says is:

“I sat on gum.  How do I get it out of my pants??”

I did a little research and here are the top 3 ways to get gum out of clothes using normal everyday items you should already have around your house.

1. Stick the gum in a freezer for about an hour or until hard.  Use a butter knife and pry the gum off and scrape the residue off.  Wash normally.  Note: may not work for clothes that are thin because it may cause holes to form from the scraping.
2. Warm up some vinegar  and soak the gum in it for a bit. After the gum is soft, it should come right off with a little scrubbing.  Wash normally.  Note: this can get quite strong smelling so have good ventilation.

3. Take some creamy peanut butter and rub it on the gum.  The oils in it should loosen the gum allowing it to be scraped off.  Wash normally.  Note: don’t use on clothing that you don’t want peanut butter or potential oil stains to get on (though the oil stains should wash off).

Any other ideas?



  1. Janel said

    Substitute vinegar for astringent, a common facial cleanser. It’s gentler than vinegar, and has a pleasant perfume smell instead of the unpleasant vinegar odor.

  2. Melissa said

    Hair spray also works. Spray it on let it set for a few seconds to harden the gentley scrap with your fingernail.

  3. Mom and Dad know best said

    Rubbing vigorously with a baby wipe as well

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