How to Get Gum Out of a Sweater

Gum is fun to chew but can be a pain to remove from your clothing.

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Gum in your sweater is a fashion emergency, especially if it's your new one from Barney's. Whether you dropped it on yourself and it got stuck or some kid decided to stamp your sweater with this disgusting mark, seeing your gorgeous sweater become a gum hangout is quite upsetting. Before you freak out and make a risky deal with the fashion gods to save your sweater, try to remove the gum yourself.


Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Not only will donning the gloves help you to better remove the gum, but it keeps your manicure protected. It also does the dirty work and touches the gum for you, which is especially useful if the gum isn't yours -- ewww.


Pull whatever gum you can off with your fingers. Avoid tugging too hard on the sticky substance, as doing so can damage your sweater. Only remove what comes off easily.


Stick your sweater in a plastic bag. If you have a large resealable bag that will hold your sweater, use that. If not, use a trash bag or any other kind of plastic bag. Allow your sweater to get its chill on in the freezer for about an hour.


Pull the sweater out of the freezer and remove it from the bag, then use a dull knife to scrape the gunk off. Since the gum is frozen, its hard consistency should make removal easy.


Scrub the area with a toothbrush, if any gum remains. Scrub gently to remove the gum, but take care not to harm the material.


Apply warm white vinegar to the gum and its surrounding area, if it won't let go. Dip a toothbrush in the mixture and scrub away. The components in the vinegar should break down the gum, forcing it to take a hike. Immediately wash your sweater as you normally would once the gum is gone.

Things You'll Need


1.Rubber gloves



2.Plastic bag

4.Dull knife

6.White vinegar


Tips & Tricks


If you can't stick your sweater in the freezer, place ice cubes on the sweater for 15 or 20 minutes. The ice should harden the gum enough for it to come off easily.


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