How to Remove Gum From Nylon

by Emma Lee ; Updated September 28, 2017

Use common household items to remove chewing gum from clothing.

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Gum has a way of showing up in places where it shouldn't be found and can cause frustration when it sticks to clothing. A favorite outfit or pillow doesn't need to be tossed if gum accidentally finds its way there. With the use of a few common household items, your nylon garment can be restored to its original condition.

Wet your fingers under cold water to keep the gum from sticking, and then remove as much as possible. Keep a paper towel handy to dispose of the gum.

Place an ice cube inside a sandwich bag and rub the bag over the gum until it hardens.

Scrape the hardened gum off the fabric with a dull knife, such as a butter knife. If the gum starts to soften, freeze it again.

Brush away any small pieces of gum with an old toothbrush. Remove gum from the toothbrush bristles as you go to prevent it from redepositing onto your fabric.

Examine the fabric for any remaining gum and repeat the steps if necessary. Launder the item according to the recommended washing instructions.


  • An alternative method to harden the gum is to fold the item with the gum exposed and place the item into a plastic bag. Place the bag in the freezer for several hours to harden the gum.

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Emma Lee owns a photography website and also works as a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, animals and photography. Her work can be found on various websites. Lee attended Charles County Community College located in Maryland.