How to Get Gum Out of Polar Fleece-Like Clothing and Blankets

Being a homeowner/housekeeper also requires you to play the part of Sherlock Holmes as you encounter accidents, messes and mishaps that call for cleaning intervention. Such is the case when you find a sticky substance on polar fleece clothing and blankets. "Chewing gum," Sherlock would say. Such an esteemed problem solver also would know that the best way to remove gum is to literally freeze it off, provided that you can fit the clothing or blanket in the freezer. Regardless, there's more than one way to wipe a slate clean. Just take a page out of Sherlock's book and try one remedy after another until that mysterious gum spot is a faded memory.

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Give gum the cold shoulder.

Freeze Frame

Step 1

Scrape as much of the gum from the polar fleece as you can with a craft stick or spoon.

Step 2

Wrap the clothing or blanket in a light plastic bag, gum side up. Place the bag in the freezer. The bag will help prevent the fabric from sticking to other items in the freezer and ruining the fleece.

Step 3

Keep the bag in the freezer for at least two hours, or until the gum is frozen solid.

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Kitchen items can work miracles against gum.

Remove the bag from the freezer and remove the gum with a craft stick or spoon. It should pop or crack right off.

Dissolve that Blob

Step 1

Rub either an egg white, mayonnaise, lemon juice or white vinegar on the gum spot. The vinegar will work even faster if you heat it before applying it to the gum. Saturate the gum thoroughly.

Step 2

Give the gum time to dissolve, or at least 30 minutes.

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Understand ahead of time that peanut butter could leave a slight stain.

Check to see that the gum is extremely pliable, then remove it with a craft stick or spoon. Be gentle, as fleece is prone to pill and/or fray.

Grease and Oil to the Rescue

Step 1

Apply a generous amount of peanut butter, baby oil, Goo Gone or WD-40 to the gum with a clean rag or paper towel.

Step 2

Let the oily substance absorb the gum for 15 minutes.

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Make Sherlock proud and don't give up until that gum is gone.

Lift off the gum with a craft stick or spoon. You may have to repeat the process again to completely remove the gum. And be prepared to spray a stain lifter or other pre-laundry treatment to the fleece in case the peanut butter leaves behind a faint stain.