How to Get Gum Out of Stockings

by Mimi Bullock ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep your shoes on when wearing stockings to avoid stepping in gum.

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Sticky gum hardens when left in place making it difficult to remove from your stockings or tights without ripping or tearing them. Delicate garments like hosiery, can't stand up to a lot of wear and tear, still you don't have to toss gummy stockings out. Save money on your clothing budget by trying some cleaning techniques that will restore the smooth beauty of your stockings. By dealing with gum quickly, you can avoid transferring the substance to other garments or your car.

Warm Vinegar Method

Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Place the cup in the microwave.

Heat the vinegar for 10 to 15 seconds. Dab a cloth in the warm vinegar.

Press the damp cloth down over the gum. Dampen the cloth again and rub the gum off. The gum should loosen from the stockings.

Rinse your stockings in cool water to remove the vinegar scent. Allow them to dry before wearing them.

Freezer Method

Fold the stockings placing the gum-exposed side up. Do not fold the gummy part into the stocking.

Put the stockings on small cookie sheet and slide them in the freezer. Allow the gum to harden for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer. Pick the hard gum from the stockings using your fingers. It should easily crumble away. If you dealing with a large piece of gum, you may have to refreeze the stockings a few times after removing chunks.

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About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.