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How To Remove Gum From Your Dryer's Drum

It happens, gum left in your pocket and then it's tossed into your washer and dryer. Sometimes you get lucky and the gum remains in the package, but what if it doesn't? What if it gets tossed around your dryer and melts all over your dryer's drum and all of your clothing? Are you cringing yet? Don't worry, you can remove the gum from your dryer and from your clothing. See below for instructions.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Vinegar
  • Clean towel


  1. Look over your dryer and check for areas where you have melted gum. Move your drum around so you can lay the dryer sheets over the gum without the sheets falling off of the areas.
  2. Next, soak your dryer sheets with water. Be sure they are completely soaked, not just damp. Then lay them over the top of the melted gum.
  3. Leave the soaking wet dryer sheets on the melted gum for at least 15 minutes to allow time for the gum to loosen.
  4. The gum may not completely come off with the dryer sheets, so you may have to scrub them a bit with your dryer sheets. Add a little bit of fabric softener to help loosen it up. Be sure to scrub the area in small circles, so you don't spread the gum all over. Don't try and scrub with anything other than the dryer sheet, you don't want to damage your drum. Damaging or scratching up the drum can result in rust, which will stain your clothes.
  5. Once you've removed the majority of the gum, use a clean towel and a little bit of vinegar to help remove any stains that may still remain on your dryer drum. 

After you removed all of the gum from your dryer, you can tackle the gum on your clothing. To remove it follow the instructions below.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Butter knife


  1. Rub ice cubes over the gum on your clothing, or let it sit on the gum until it is frozen.
  2. Once your gum is frozen, you can scrape it off using your butter knife. Be careful that you do not damage your article of clothing.
  3. Repeat the process until the gum is completely removed. 
  4. After the gum is removed, spray it with some stain remover and wash it as you normally would.

Removing gum from your dryer will take a little bit of time and some extra muscle. Be sure to check all of your pockets before doing the laundry to ensure this doesn't happen to you. However, if your dryer has sustained permanent damage from a few pieces of rogue gum, contact a business such as House Calls Appliance Repair for help.