Have you ever wondered how to get chewing gum off clothes? Today I wondered this! This afternoon one of my daughters came home from school with chewing gum on her school sports shorts. She had sat in it on the train during a school excursion. Then she tied her school jacket around her waist and sat in it again so it was also on that (great…).
Once I had been presented with my latest cleaning assignment, I started doing some research. I remembered hearing that ice can help get chewing gum off clothes but I didn’t know what to do with it. Do I rub it on? Leave overnight? Combine with anything?
I turned to Pinterest (my favourite resource) and did a quick search. Within moments I had found what I was looking for. Yes, you use an ice cube.
Let the ice cube sit on the chewing gum for a minute or so, causing the gum to freeze. Then, in theory, you simply scratch off the gum with a butter knife (obviously being careful not to damage the fabric ). I was dubious. It all sounded a bit too easy.
Nevertheless I was going to give it a try.
The ice cube did indeed freeze the chewing gum on the clothes after only about 30 seconds I reckon.
Then I started started scratching with my butter knife. Some bits came off easily and some bits needed some more forceful scratching with my fingernail. It did flake off after a bit of scratching.
The jacket is made of smooth raincoat material so the chewing gum came off easily, while the sports shorts are textured. This was more of a challenge.
I had to scratch a bit with my nails, a bit with the knife, then reapply the ice and repeat the scratching. I did this a couple of times and it worked! All the chewing gum came out of the shorts too! I could then just chuck them in the washing machine and the job was done.
Has this method worked for you? Do you have a better way of getting chewing gum off clothes?