We all have been there— you were taking a nice cheerful walk to a park and you sat down on a bench, without realizing that you have got gum stuck on your dress. You have scraped off as much as you could, but the damn gum is still there.
Scroll down to read 5 quick fixes that will leave your favourite attire gum-free in no time.
Method 1: Freeze It
Fold the garment so that the gum faces outwards and put it into a plastic bag. Seal the bag and place it into the freezer for several hours. Peel the solidified gum off as soon as you take it out using a knife. Wasn’t it magical?
Method 2: Boiling
Submerge the area of the garment where the gum is stuck in very hot water. This process will soften the gum. While submerged, scrape off the gum with a toothbrush or knife. Tadaa!
Method 3: Alcohol Wonders!
Use rubbing alcohol to remove gum from delicate fabrics. Good news is rubbing alcohol will not stain or damage colours of the garment. Take a rag or sponge and pour only a little rubbing alcohol and rub the gum with sponge.
Wait for a couple of minutes for alcohol to start its effect. With a spatula or wooden sponge, gently take out the gum.
Method 4: Iron It Off
Place the garment on top of a cardboard so that the gum is between the fabric and the cardboard and then iron the affected area on medium setting. The gum should transfer onto the cardboard from the garment.
Repeat until nearly all the gum has transferred from the fabric to the cardboard. Wash the garment to completely remove the remaining gum.
Method 5: Peanut Butter Miracle!
Ever thought you could use peanut butter on anything else other than on your sandwich? Well, think again! Spread peanut butter all over the gum. The gum will adhere to the butter and then you can easily scrape off the gum using a blunt knife. DO NOT SIMULTANEOUSLY EAT IT!
5 Ways To Remove Gum From Hair
Oops! Did you get gum in your hair and you are planning a trip to the barber for an unplanned and an unpleasant haircut? But before you do that, consider these disaster management steps!
Method 1: Hair Silicone Drops
Apply silicone generously and work it into the gum. Let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute and gently comb the gum out of your hair.
Method 2: Cooking Oil/Peanut Butter
Take any kitchen cooking oil (olive, canola, vegetable) or peanut butter and apply it to the gum and surrounding hair. Wait two or three minutes and then use a comb to gently comb the gum out of your hair.
Method 3: Ice Magic!
Soak your hair in salt water, which will help lower the temperature that the ice melts at and therefore makes the gum easier to remove from hair.
Ice the gum for about fifteen minutes, till it is hard enough to pull off.
Method 4: Adhesive Remover
Get an adhesive remover from any medical supply store. Use your fingers to rub the adhesive remover on the area covered in gum. Finally use a soft tissue paper to take out the gum!
Method 5: Baking Soda Formula
Pour a few tablespoons of the baking soda into a bowl and add few drops of water to form it into a paste.
Coat the gum with the baking soda paste and wait until the paste gets dry. Then, brush or comb the gum out.
Now, if even your friends are notorious like mine, you do have solid rescue plans!