How to Get Gum Out of Carpet, Clothing & Other Fabric

How to Get Gum out of Carpet, Clothing, and
Other Fabric. Frustrated that gum got stuck in your carpet
or clothing? Put Bazooka Joe in his place using these tips. You will need Ice cubes or an ice pack Dull
knife or a spoon Liquid dish soap or carpet cleaning solution Gasoline Iron Piece of cardboard
Peanut butter Hairspray Liquid laundry soap Toothbrush Plastic bag (optional) Alcohol
(optional) and liquid stain remover (optional). Step 1. Remove gum from clothes, carpeting, and fabric
by rubbing an ice cube or an ice pack on the gum to freeze it. Then use a dull knife or spoon to remove as
much as possible. You can also put clothing in a plastic bag
and put the bag in your freezer to freeze the gum. Step 2. Rub a few drops of liquid dish soap or carpet
cleaning solution into the fabric before washing to remove any leftover stains. Wash as directed on the care label or, if
the gum is on carpet, rinse with clean water and blot dry. Step 3. Dab gasoline on the gum. The gas will dissolve the gum, but use as
little as possible — gasoline is flammable and hazardous. Alcohol, such as vodka or gin, also works
to loosen gum. Step 4. Use an iron. Place a garment with gum on it on a piece
of cardboard, with the gum against the cardboard. Set your iron to a medium setting and pass
it over the gum until the gum melts and transfers from the fabric to the cardboard. Step 5. Spread peanut butter on the gum and work it
around to cover as much of the gum as possible. The gum will become soft and lose its stickiness,
and then you can scrape it away with a dull knife. Peanut butter is very oily and may leave a
stain. A liquid stain remover may be necessary to
get the oil out. Step 6. Spray a small amount of hairspray onto the
gum. The gum will harden and you will be able to
scrape it away. Step 7. Pour liquid laundry soap on the gum. Then work the soap into the gum with a toothbrush
to break it up. Scrape away the gum and launder the garment
to get the soap out. And be thankful the gum didn’t end up in your
hair. Did you know The first commercial chewing
gum — State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum — was introduced in 1848 by John B. Curtis.