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Gum in Clothing?

by Michele | May 6th, 2008 | Helpful Hints

Children and chewing gum make for an interesting combination. Although blowing bubbles can be a great pastime, there are downfalls to this fun.

Gum in your child’s clothing.

So, what is one to do when the piece of gum’s final placement is not in the trash but on clothing? I learned a simple answer recently after an accident involving cinnamon gum and jeans. That answer was vinegar and a toothbrush. That’s all, no expensive ingredients, just a pantry staple and a typical bathroom item.

Within 2 minutes the gum was removed and the only-worn-once jeans were saved. To fix a gum accident at your house, follow these steps:

  • Heat 1/4 cup vinegar in microwave for 60 seconds.
  • Dip toothbrush into vinegar.
  • Gently rub vinegar-soaked toothbrush in a circular motion on gum.
  • The gum should come off of the clothing within seconds.
  1. Doris says:

    This is great! Any hints on getting gum out of one’s hair? I seem to find that when my kids get gum stuck on them, it’s normally there. I hate to cut their hair just to get it out.


  2. Michele says:

    Fortunately, I have not had to remove gum from any of my children’s hair. However, I have heard from friends that putting peanut butter on the gum will work. I also read that the warm vinegar will work on gum in hair. Good luck!

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