We can all agree that there is nothing more annoying and embarrassing than accidentally sitting on chewing gum that some idiot has left on a bench, bus seat or a dark cinema auditorium. When this type of thing happens it’s enough to ruin your whole day as you probably won’t be going home for a good few hours and you are stuck with this unsightly blob on your bum that won’t come off despite your best efforts!
Apart from your pride, not all is lost. When you get home, instead of throwing the trousers or skirt in the bin, you can follow these simple house cleaning tips on how to clean that awful chewing gum.
Submerge the item of clothing in boiling water.
Let it sit for a while before taking them out. This will soften the chewing gum and loosen it from the material.
Scrape the chewing gum off with an old toothbrush or a dull knife.
If there’s room inside, you could put the item of clothing in the freezer with the chewing gum exposed.
Leave it in there for a few hours to completely harden the gum.
Scrape off the chewing gum using a dull knife.
Heat a cup of vinegar.
Apply it to the chewing gum with an old toothbrush.
Scrub away the chewing gum until it’s completely off the item of clothing.
Re-heat the vinegar if necessary.
Once the chewing gum is off you can wash the clothing as normal to get rid of the vinegar smell.
Tackling little messes like this is relatively easy, however completing all house cleaning duties, especially the washing and ironing, takes up a lot of spare time; a luxury that not many of us have in this day and age!
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