Chewy and sticky, chewing gum is a fashion disaster waiting to happen. But, if it's not your lucky day, and you get some stuck to your clothes, all is not lost. First, remember, do not pull on the gum, as this may tear the garment. Now, you can get rid of chewing gum stains with a few little tricks and some help from Tide.
Test For Colorfastness:Apply hot vinegar to an inconspicuous area of the garment with a Q-tip, and let it sit for 1-3 minutes before applying a paper towel to the area. If no color comes off on the towel, the garment is colorfast, and you can continue to pre-treat with vinegar.
Pre-treat:Soak the item in hot vinegar for 1-3 minutes.
Remove Excess:Gently remove loose gum and repeat step 1 until the gum has been completely removed.
Dose:Use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid detergent, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.
Wash:Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.
Unload:When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.
If the stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before tossing in the dryer, as drying will set the stain.
For alternative steps and extra tips, watch the video below for other chewing gum stain removal tips:
Effective Stain Removal for a Variety of Stains
Chewing gum is hard to remove, but it's not the only tough stain out there. Candy stains can also pose stain-removal challenges. The good news is that Tide can tackle the toughest laundry challenges. With a few of our tips and tricks, you can get even the most stubborn stains out of your favorites.