How to Get Gum Out of a Backpack

If you find gum stuck to the fabric of your child's backpack, throwing it in the washing machine is unlikely to remove it. By following a few easy steps, you can remove the gum first and then tackle any remaining residue or stain left behind.


Step 1

Put on rubber gloves.

Step 2

Rub the gum on the backpack with your gloved finger. Roll the gum into little bits and pull them off.

Step 3

Put the backpack in the freezer. Keep it there for about an hour so the gum freezes.

Step 4

Scrape against the fabric of the backpack with a plastic knife to remove the frozen gum.

Step 5

Scrub the fabric gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any stubborn remnants.

Step 6

Treat any remaining stain or greasy residue by sponging on dry cleaning solvent, rubbing in liquid dish soap or apply a prewash spray.