How to Remove Gum from Clothing

How to Remove Gum from Clothing. While not as nasty as chewing gum in the hair, chewing gum on your clothes can be an icky mess--especially if it has been through the dryer. Fortunately, it's easy to fix this problem.

Rub some ice on it.

Step 1

Harden the gum by rubbing it with a cube of ice. You could also put the clothing item in the freezer for a few hours until it hardens. If you're in a hurry the ice cube will work quicker.

Step 2

Scrape off what you can with a dull-bladed butter knife or another metal object without sharp edges that will rip through the fabric.

Step 3

Rub the area with a pre-treatment enzyme product or liquid laundry detergent. Some claim WD-40 or cooking oil does wonders if you rub it on the chewing gum. If you go that route make sure you wash the clothing item right away after to avoid stains.

Step 4

Launder as usual.