How to Remove Gum from Clothes in 6 Easy Steps's featured image

Sticky bubble gum is a cleaning challenge none of us want to face, especially if the gum has become stuck on a favourite garment. Fabric and gum do not play well together. The gum oozes into fibres and holds on tight. And, unlike gum in hair, another dreaded pair, it can’t just simply be cut out. So, what do you do?

There are actually a few methods to consider. Some people reach for liquid laundry soap, others prefer an iron, while others go the cardboard route. Rubbing alcohol is yet another option! But, by far, the most popular method for removing gum from clothing is to freeze it.

Try this six-step approach the next time you find yourself in a sticky situation.

  1. Take the clothing item and place it in a freezer bag. Seal it tight, ensuring the gum doesn’t stick to the bag.
  2. Put the bag in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Remove the bag from the freezer and place it on a clean, dry surface.
  4. Peel the gum from the garment as quickly as possible. Frozen gum loses its stickiness; if it warms up, the gum will become sticky and re-attach itself to the fabric.
  5. If you are unable to remove the gum with your fingernails, carefully try a blunt knife, taking care not to damage the fabric in the process. Angle the knife away from you when prying gum from clothing. Or safely use a plastic utility knife.
  6. The frozen gum should peel off smoothly and without too much force. If traces remain, hand-wash the item to remove any remnants.

PRO TIP: This method is safe for all fabrics. Resist the temptation to use a toothbrush to scrub away gum. This may damage the fabric and cause pilling.


While you’re busy tackling the old gum stuck on your jeans, why not give your local MOLLY MAID a call to free up your time with a thorough, full-service clean of your home! Our professionals are dependable, thorough and reliable!



Photo by Marlene Bauer