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Step 1: Freeze and scrape off the gum

Chewing gum is difficult to remove when it is warm, and it only stays this way when it has freshly stuck itself to the garment or left in warm conditions. To stop the gum from spreading onto more parts of the clothing item, it needs to be hard. So, the first step is to freeze the gum. Freezing the gum hardens it, making it less sticky and easier to scrape off. If you have been wondering how to get chewing gum out of jeans or other sturdy materials, this method works really well. But whatever the fabric, this step will help get the majority, or all, of that pesky gum off your garments. Once the gum is frozen, use a dull knife or spoon to gently scrape off the gum from the surface of the clothing. Be patient and take your time to avoid any mishaps. You don’t want to be too rough with this step as you may damage the fabric. Take your time to make sure all of the gum is hard and be careful and patient when removing it to give your clothes the best chance to return to their former glory.

Step 2: Wash the clothes

Once the gum is successfully removed, it's time to give the clothes a good wash. It is important to wash the clothes to ensure any residue or odour from the gum is completely eliminated. Different fabrics require different washing techniques, so be sure to follow the care instructions on the clothing label. If you notice a stain has been left, you can pre-treat it before the wash with Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Spray. It has a super boosted and fast acting formula that is effective on stains and is safe to use on everyday fabrics, like cotton and polyester, as well as colours and whites. Simply spray directly onto the stain, making sure to spray both sides of the garment, and leave for up to five minutes before washing.

You can also add a scoop of Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder to your wash to continue the stain tackling throughout the washing machine cycle. If you prefer, you can use this step without pre-treating, too. Use the stain remover powder alongside your detergent to tackle the stain. The Oxi Action formula also works at lower wash temperatures. As always make sure to check the washing instructions on the care label of your garment to make sure it is safe to treat and what temperature is required to wash your clothes. With these final steps, you'll be able to bid farewell to any lingering stains and enjoy fresh, gum-free clothes – and hopefully mastered how to get chewing gum off fabric! If you have noticed the gum after it has been there a while, then you can also take a look at our guide to removing older stubborn stains.

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Knowing how to get gum off clothes is very handy. No matter how the gum ends up on your there, getting it off of your favourite shirt or pair of jeans may seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach and a little determination, it can be easily tackled. By following our guide and using methods such as freezing, scraping and stain removal, you can effectively remove gum from a variety of fabrics. Remember to be patient and gentle throughout the process to avoid any damage to the clothing. With these techniques in your arsenal, you can confidently handle any sticky situations that come your way and get your clothes back to looking their best.