How to Remove Chewing Gum – Advices

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Chewing gum is fun. At last as long it is in your mouth and it has a flavor. If it ends up anywhere else but a paper and garbage can it can be a problem to remove. Here are some advice how to get out of this sticky situation, depending on which material gum ended up.

How to Remove Gum from Hair

Kids sometimes end up with chewing gum in their hair (don't ask us how – we were kids a long time ago.) Before you reach for scissors and cut an unflattering hairdo to your kid try this first: take a spoonful of peanut butter and put it on the chewing gum. Then (gently, not to pull the hair out) squeeze the peanut butter into the gum mixing them as much as you can. Oils would “lessen the stickiness” of the gum and it will start to release. Wash the mix from the hair with a shampoo. That should do the trick. And without asymmetric haircuts. Melted chocolate also works. Another idea is to use egg white. Leave it on the gum a few minutes and then remove the gum from hair in small pieces.

How to Remove Gum from Cloth

If a chewing gum leaves stains on a cloth take two ice cubes. Place them on both sides of the cloth where the gum stain is until they melt. By then, gum will cool down and become hard. You can then remove it with a non-serrated side of a butter knife. What is left of the gum can be washed with a standard detergent. Instead of rubbing with ice cubes, you can place the cloth in a freezer if it can fit. Soaking clothes in lemon juice is also a good idea. After some time wash the cloth normally and the gum will disappear.

How to Remove Gum from Carpet

First step in removing chewing gum from carpet is to remove it mechanically as much as you can. You can use blow dryer to melt it a bit and then remove it with a plastic wrap (be careful not to heat the plastic wrap – it will also melt). When you have removed all that you could wash the spot with a small amount of carpet cleaner and a clean cloth and then don't wait too long before you dry it.

How to Remove Gum from Skin

To remove the gum from the skin, take a cotton ball and soak it with baby oil or “Skin So Soft” from Avon. Rub the place on skin where the chewing gum is and the gum will peel off.

How to Remove Gum from Microfiber

Gum can even be removed from a microfiber cloth although with a bit weird method. To remove it from microfiber spray the gum with a little WD-40 and that use a clean rug to remove the gum. Egg white also works here – place it over the gum, wait few minutes and then remove gum by hands slowly.

Vinegar and mayonnaise can also remove chewing gum but in different ways. Vinegar will literally dissolve the gum especially if it heated before it is applied on the gum. Mayonnaise will soften the gum by mixing its oil with it and allow for it to be removed more easily. Some also recommend hair oil, cooking oil or olive oil.