Kids and Bubble Gum

packages of bubble gum on white background

My son loves gum.
He is also notorious for getting into trouble with it.  I have cleaned it off of sleeping bags, clothing, car seats, and tried to get it out of his hair (we ended up cutting it). I don’t know how many times I have said “no gum in the car for the next month!”  A few weeks go by, we are out running errands and you know what the easiest, cheapest, non-cluttering up our house treat is when we are checking out?

Gum.

So…today I’m sharing with you an awesome trick I learned for getting gum off of fabric.  This even works when someone has smeared it around and attempted removal in secret before admitting where their gum has gone.

Heat 1/2 cup of vinegar in the microwave until hot (40-60 seconds).  Pour a small amount onto the gummy mess.  Using an old toothbrush, brush the fabric and work the gum up and off the surface.  You can re-wet the surface as needed, or work on a small area at a time if necessary.  This pair of jeans took less than 30 seconds to get clean…way better than the freezing and scraping method (which never worked for me)!

I have used this on flannel, nylon, and denim fabrics with great success, but I’m still open to suggestions for the best hair removal method!

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