Sunday, June 7, 2015

How to get GUM out of fabric

Today started out to be the loveliest of days. We slept in late and woke up to the most glorious sunshine.  We had plenty of time to get ready for church.  There were no obnoxious arguments and no bickering.  I had time to get dinner put into the slow cooker and even time to vacuum the house.  Maybe I should have realized this morning that it was all too good to be true, but.....

Church was nice and went by quickly.  The kids were excited to get home so we could eat dinner and watch a movie as a family.  We pulled into the garage, grabbed our stuff, heading into the house and I began getting things ready for dinner.  I opened a cupboard to grab a pan for rice and a glass dish fell out, shattered to pieces on the floor and cut my foot in the process.  This is were things quickly went down hill.

As I started cleaning up the glass I hear my oldest daughter ask my son what is on his pants?  "I don't know"  he says.  "It's like pink stuff all over the back of your pants" she says.  "Oh ya, I accidentally dropped my gum and sat on it....   It's okay though, I picked it up."  This is when I turned around to see the damage.  Gum, pink gum all over the back of his church pants.  The ones we bought just 2 weeks ago for my daughters graduation.  The same pants that he has only worn one time.  I decide they are ruined.  Gum never comes out of anything.  I have him go change and I toss the pants in the garbage.  All of a sudden it dawns on me.... "Buddy, where were you sitting when you dropped your gum?" I ask him.  "In the car."

I'm about ready to lose it at this point.  I can't even bear to look in the car.  I send my daughter out to look.  She comes back in and says its all over the seat.  Uggg!!!!!!

I decide I've got to figure out how to get gum out of fabric.  I check online and find a couple of people that suggest using ice, but this has not worked for me in the past.  I have some goo gone that I've used to get gum off of hard surfaces but decide it's too greasy to use on fabric.  The only other thing I can think of is nail polish remover.  I've used it for so many other things,  seriously you would be surprised to know how much I use nail polish remover.  It might just work.

I grab the nail polish remover and the bag of cotton balls and I get to work.

How to Remove Gum from Fabric

Nail Polish Remover
Cotton Balls

Put a little bit of nail polish remover on a cotton ball.  Start with one section at a time and rub the area until the gum dissolves.  Continue this process until all the gum is gone.  Then wash the piece of clothing according to instructions.

For the car seat it was the same process, but then I used a wet wash cloth to wipe the seat to remove some of the nail polish remover.

Twenty minutes later and tada!!!,  the gum was gone and dinner was served.  Now back to enjoy my Sunday evening.

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