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Pinterest Tested: Removing Gum from Clothing

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? This is the place to find out! Each Monday I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It's like the Mythbusters of Domesticity! 

Today's Pinterest Tested quest involves this innocent little piece of sweetness:

If you have been around kids much, you know how quickly a piece of gum can go from yum yum to "Holy crap!!! How did you get that horrid sticky mess all over your hair, the carpet, your clothing and the dog all in the two seconds that I stepped out of the room?!?!?!"

I think this is why such a sweet little morsel strikes fear into the hearts of mothers across the nation.


I Pinned a supposed remedy and decided to be proactive and test it before the next gum drama unfolded.

Going against every motherly instinct I had, I thoroughly chewed up a piece of Dubbble Bubble, then grimaced as I kneaded the gum into the fabric with reckless abandon. It was painful, I tell ya. Painful!

What I do for the sake of Pinterest testing... sheesh!

Then I poured some vinegar in a bowl and stuck it in the microwave for one minute. Using an old toothbrush, I began to scrub the gum...

...and I was amazed. UH-MAZED by the results. The gum came right off the fabric like it wasn't ever a sticky mess to begin with! It's like the vinegar made the gum not sticky anymore and the heat melted it enough to make it let go of the fabric. It was miraculous, really.

Look at that! There was a tiny pink tinge left where the gum used to be, but I bet that's just the dye and will wash right out.

My world has been changed forever. I no longer fear bubble gum. My kids will actually get to chew it now.


(Hey, old habits die hard.)

But this Pin was definitely a win. Hurray for Pinterest tests that actually work out!

Jennifer V.
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