Chewing Gum Mishaps? Here’s How To Get It Off

Many of us enjoy chewing it, but boy can misplaced gum sure make a mess! Here are several different ways you can try removing it from every day items.

ExampleFirst, here are a few tips for lifting as much of it as possible before trying a remedy:

  • Take a blunt object like a dull knife, an old credit card or hand scraper to scrape off as much as you can.
  • Apply an ice pack to freeze the wad then crack off the brittle pieces.


Tip: When trying a softening method, wear a plastic baggy over your hand to protect your skin from the sticky mess.

  • Soak in regular household vinegar (white).
  • Heat with a hair dryer (careful, some fibers may get damaged if they can’t tolerate high heat).

Assorted Items:

  • Shoes: Rub off the remaining bits with turpentine.
  • Clothing & Shoes: Place garment in the freezer for several hours then peel off the bits. Cover with a piece of wax paper then run a warm iron over top, the remainder should melt into this paper. You could also try pouring boiling vinegar over top to help it dissolve (this is a tried-and-true for gum that had been washed and dried in the laundry). Source.
  • Hair: Mayonnaise (apply a blob then leave it set for about 10 minutes before trying to get it out). You could also try peanut butter, WD-40 (spray, leave a few minutes then work the wad free with your fingers), or try rubbing honey into it then slide it off the hair.
  • Carpet: Freeze with an ice cube then pick out the brittle bits. You could also try covering the spot with a teaspoon of peanut butter. Allow it to sit for a minute or two, then lift up with a wet cloth. Clean the area with a wet, soapy cloth. Source.
  • Inside a dryer: Apply peanut butter, work it into the bubblegum, leave for a few minutes then pull it off.
  • Pet hair: Apply a few drops of a gentle dishwashing liquid, leave for a few minutes then work out the bits with your fingers.

In general peanut butter, baby oil, cooking spray, vegetable/olive oil, WD-40, margarine, Crisco (lard) and mayonnaise can be used to try working out/lifting up remaining bits.

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    • Deb

    I had gum in a dryer and I found rubbing alcohol on a cloth then
    Rub the gum an it comes right off.
    It freezes it. Then wipe out dryer with soap and water
    Cloth then wipe clean with clear water then dry it.

    • Bobbie

    Peanut butter will also remove chewing gum from clothing and hair. Just rub in real good and saturate the hair, and then wash out. Run peanut butter on clothes with the chewing gum stuck on, and rub good, then was as usual. I use to do this a lot when my kids were small…

    • Lyn

    In England there is a lubricant called WD40, a similar product is sold in a store called Wilkinsons and they call it maintenance spray. It is useful for spraying locks that stick, handles on windows etc. I used it to get some chewing gum out of a cord carpet in a headteachers room! (left by a small pupil).

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