How To get gum out using vinegar

At some point in your life, you’re going to get gum on you or your clothes. It’s just one of those facts of life that tends to happen sooner rather than later. If you have kids this is something that you are going to have to deal with. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but somehow kids manage to get gum everywhere without even trying.

Oh no! How do I get that out?! 

Don’t worry! Getting the gum out is a snap, IF you use my method: Hot Vinegar. Seriously! I know I’ve said it a million times but vinegar is a miracle worker. It can do literally everything. I got to try this out the other day after my daughter sat in some really sticky gum. First, we tried the good old freezing method. We stuck her pants in the fridge overnight, and other than making them cold, it didn’t do much for the situation we had going on here. I think after she sat in the gum, she tried to get it off and ended up smearing it everywhere. Not the biggest help ever.

So, we took the pants out of the freezer and decided to try this hot vinegar method instead. To start, you’ll need to bring about a 1/4 cup of vinegar to an almost boil. It needs to be HOT. While that’s getting warmed up, lay the pants out on a flat surface.

take gum out of cloth with vinegar

Once the vinegar is hot, you’ll use a towel or scrap piece of cloth to dab the hot vinegar onto the pants. Work in a small area, but concentrate on getting it really well saturated. You’ll notice the gum getting very hot and kind of stringy when you pull the cloth back.

It goes fast after this.

Take a blunt edged tool, I used a cuticle tool out of a manicure kit, and gently (and quickly) start scraping at the gum. Pull off as much as possible.

get the gum out with vinegar


scrape the gum

Repeat with the hot vinegar/scraping steps until you have most of the gum off.

Now, for the last step, you do the part that will make you so excited! Soak the area one more time with the hot vinegar and quickly rub an old toothbrush over the area in small, quick circles. The last bits and tiny pieces of gum will all start to roll together and you’ll end up with a ball of gum.

get the last of the gum off

All you do now is wash the pants like normal and they’ll be as good as new.

Wash, Rinse, and Do Not Repeat.

I’ve had this work on everything I’ve tried so far. I’ve even removed gum from our couch this way and you would never, ever know that the gum had been there.

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3 comments on “How To Get Gum Out With Vinegar

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  2. Sharon walton

    Wow wish my mom knew this when this mean girl put gum in my hair on the school bus some 60 years ago. Would of beat that very short patch of hair after my mom cut it out. Oh also the punishment I got for beating the sxxxxxt out of her. Lollollol aren’t memories great

    1. Charley Post author

      It’s come in very handy with 4 kids, that’s for sure!

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