More than once, I have had the unfortunate pleasure of having a piece of gum get stuck on some article of clothing. Over the years, I've had to sacrifice several articles of clothing that were destroyed by someone else's piece of  gum. Getting gum stuck on your pants, is a pain in the neck to get off. I try to see everything as a learning opportunity and after a bit of research I’ve found dozens of ways to get gum off your fabric. The methods range from using petrol to label remover spray. So, I’ve compiled a list of a few simple tactics to help you de-gunk your clothing, which require tools and ingredients that you probably already own.

Peanut Butter

  • Peanut Butter
  • Blunt knife
  • Stain remover
It turns out, not only is peanut butter a great snack with apples or on toast with jam, it’s a great gum remover! This is great because, you’ll be able to remove the gum and satisfy that occasional PB&J craving, all at the same time. Basically, you need to cover the gum with peanut butter and then begin gently scraping it off. Then you keep doing that until most of it is gone, spray some stain remover and then throw it in the wash!
(Note: Peanut Butter might leave a stain do to its oiliness.)


  • Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Toothbrush
Firstly, pour a bit of vinegar into a bowl and warm it up a little bit. Next, dip your toothbrush into the bowl and rub at the gum. Then, continue to dip and scrub, until all of it comes off!
(Note: This works best when the vinegar is warm, so reheat it if you must.)

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Rag or sponge
  • Wooden spatula
Pour some of the alcohol onto a sponge or old rag and rub the gum with it and let it sit for a few minutes. Then using your wooden spatula or blunt knife, gently scrape off the gum. Once it’s all done, wash your article of clothing as usual.
(Note: This method is great for more delicate fabrics!)

Duct Tape

  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
Getting the gum off using duct tape is just like waxing. Simply cut off a piece of tape and put it on the gum and then peel it off. Keep cutting, pasting and peeling until all of the gum is gone!
(Note: Sort of gross because it will involve you actually touching the gum!)

Your Freezer

  • A sealable plastic bag
  • A working freezer
  • Dull knife or Wooden spatula
Firstly, place your garment in a sealable plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Once taken out, peel the gum off the fabric using a dull knife or spatula, as quickly as possible.

What other stain or gum removal tips and tricks have you tried?