How to Remove Smeared Gum Off of Laundry

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Things You'll Need

  • Freezer

  • Butter knife

  • Vinegar

  • Dish soap

  • Plastic bag

Chewing gum that gets smeared onto clothing can leave a sticky mess.

When chewing gum is accidentally transferred to clothing items, you can have a sticky, stubborn mess on your hands. If you don't treat smeared gum on laundry properly, you can actually make the stain worse. Fortunately, you don't have to toss gum-smeared clothing into the garbage. You can remove the chewing gum by using a few simple techniques. Best of all, you also can use simple, inexpensive household items to solve your problem.


Step 1

Place the clothing into a plastic bag.

Step 2

Place the bag in the freezer overnight to harden the chewing gum.

Step 3

Scrape off the gum with a dull butter knife the next morning.

Step 4

Rub an egg white into the stained area to remove any remaining gum residue.

Step 5

Mix equal parts white vinegar and dish soap and scrub the area thoroughly.

Step 6

Launder the item as usual. If the clothing is dry-clean only, take it to a dry cleaner after freezing and scraping the gum.


Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.