It's happened to all of us: we're walking down the street, enjoying a piece of gum when suddenly it pops out of our mouths and onto our clothes. Or maybe we were chewing on a piece of gum when we accidentally dropped it on the upholstery of our car. No matter how it happened, getting gum out of fabric can be a real challenge.
But don't worry – there are some steps you can take to make the process a little bit easier. In this article, we'll outline some methods for getting gum out of clothes and upholstery. We'll also provide tips for preventing gum from sticking to surfaces in the first place.
How to get the gum out of clothes
1. Place the fabric on a flat surface
If you're trying to clean gum off of your clothing, the first thing you should do is place it on a flat surface. For example, lay it out over a countertop or tabletop. This will help expose the chewing gum so that you can get at it with ease.
2. Pour boiling water over the gum, or use ice cubes to freeze it
Run hot water over the affected area of your clothing – this will help to melt the chewing gum. If you'd rather not pour scalding water on your clothes, put some ice cubes in a bowl and carefully rub them over the chewing gum. This should harden it up enough so that it can be easily peeled off.
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3. Use a blunt object like a spoon to gently scrape off as much of the gum as possible
After you've softened up the gum with either hot water or ice, take something like the flat end of a table knife or even an old credit card and try to scrape off as much of it as possible (be careful not to damage your clothing). If you're still having problems, try using toothpaste to help break down the chewing gum. Just rub it into the fabric with your fingers until the gum starts to soften up. Then take a comb or your fingers and try to pull out as much of it as possible.
4. Mix one teaspoon of dish soap with two cups of warm water and put it in a spray bottle.
After you've gotten most of the chewing gum off of your clothes, pour one teaspoon of dish soap into a spray bottle full of hot water. Gently mist this mixture onto all areas that have been affected by the gum – this will help loosen any remaining bits so they can be easily wiped away with a rag or paper towel. Once everything is clean, let the clothing air dry or gently pat it with a clean towel to soak up excess moisture.
5. Spray the mixture onto the fabric until it is saturated but not dripping wet
Next, you're going to soak all parts of your clothing that have been affected by gum. Fill the spray bottle with the soapy water solution and then spritz your clothes until they are completely covered.
6. Let sit for at least five minutes before washing in cold water and hanging dry
Run it through a cycle in cold water using the gentle cycle. When the machine is done, take out your clothing and hang it on a line or on a drying rack to allow it to dry overnight.
How to whiten yellow clothes
Gum isn't the only thing that can stain your clothing. Sometimes, even coffee or soda stains clothes. If you're not sure how to get rid of these types of stains and remove them from your fabric, then here are some tips to make your yellow clothes look white again:
- 1. Pour regular baking soda onto the affected area of your clothing
- 2. Apply lemon juice to the material and let it sit for 15 minutes before placing it in cold water
- 3. Make a spraying mixture with one teaspoon of dish soap, 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup salt, and 1 cup of warm water.
- Spray this on all parts of the fabric that have been stained by coffee or soda. On top of that, you can also use white vinegar instead of hydrogen peroxide to further whiten your fabrics – just spray the solution onto any areas that look yellowed and watch as they gradually lighten up. Also, keep in mind that if your clothes are made from 100% cotton then you shouldn't use bleach because it will damage them.
- 4. Rinse the mixture off of the fabric and let air dry
- 5. If your clothing is already wrinkled, put it in the dryer on low to remove wrinkles
How To Do laundry properly
In addition to the above, doing laundry properly in your washing machine is key.
While a washing machine can't get rid of super tough stains – it just washes clothes so that they become clean again – following the proper procedure helps ensure your clothes stay clean.
Understanding how to do laundry might seem simple but a lot of people end up ruining their clothes because they don't do things properly. This can result in unnecessary stains or holes, which makes your clothing look old and unattractive.
These tips will help you to understand the correct washing procedures for your clothing so that they can look their best as long as possible.
- 1. Read tags on clothes to determine what type of material is being used
- 2. Purchase a color catcher sheet or net from a store to catch all stains that would have been absorbed by your normal laundry sheet
- 3. Wash items with similar colors together at the same time so small stains won't mingle with larger ones and ruin a whole load of clothes. As always, follow the manufacturer's instructions on the labels of all of your clothes before you even attempt to wash them.
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Final thoughts on getting gum out of clothes upholstery
In conclusion, there are a wide variety of ways to remove gum from clothes or upholstery. Just remember to think about what method is best before you attempt it, based on the state of your clothes and how severely they need to be cleaned.