How to Remove Gum From Sheets

Updated February 21, 2017

While chewing gum is readily enjoyed by people of all ages, because of its composition it can create a problem if it is not disposed of properly. Modern chewing gum is created from synthetic gum resins that tend to be sticky. This sticky substance adheres to surfaces in which it comes in contact, including bed sheets. Fortunately, you can remove stuck-on gum from sheets with the help of some items you have around your house.

Place the sheets in the freezer for approximately two to three hours to allow the gum to harden.

Remove the sheets from the freezer and scrape the hardened gum from the fabric with the edge of a butter knife or another dull knife.

Spray the affected area with a pre-wash until saturated if any gum residue remains after scraping.

Launder the sheets as recommended on the attached care label.


If visible gum residue remains after scraping, spray with pre-wash and rub the spray into the sheet with your fingertips. This will help break up the residue and make it easier to remove when the sheets are laundered. If you can't place your sheets in the freezer, place a bag of ice or an ice pack over the gum for approximately one hour to harden the gum.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer
  • Butter knife or dull knife
  • Pre-wash spray
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.