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Remove chewing gum

Chewing gum is not my favorite type of candy or sweet thing but the kids sure love it. If you ever look down at a pavement you can see where people have spat out their chewing gum for you to step in. It is a terrible problem for local authorities who are in charge of cleaning it up, as soon as they remove it, someone will replace it.

I have gathered a multitude of ways that you can remove chewing gum from your hair, clothes and carpets. So read on if you are looking to remove some chewing gum.

Egg White.
The white of an egg will remove chewing gum from most things, including your hair. Put the white of an egg on the gum and leave for a couple of minutes. Then work the gum out with your fingers little by little.

Freeze it out.
If the chewing gum is on an item of clothing, put the item in the freezer. The chewing gum will go hard and all you need to do is crack it off. You can also use the freezing technique on larger items, such as a car seat or carpet, by using ice cubes. Place an ice cube onto the gum and slowly rub it around. The gum will harden and you will be able to crack it off in big pieces.

This technique will work great if you have chewing gum in your clothes or hair. Melt some chocolate and rub some of the melted chocolate into the gum. The chocolate dissolves the chewing gum's stickiness - so it can be brushed or combed out instead of having to cut it out. 

Mayonnaise will also remove chewing gum. Simply apply and work it in, gum softens and comes off easily.

Saturate the area that has the gum on it with vinegar. The gum will actually dissolve. If the vinegar is heated first the process will work faster.

Peanut Butter.
Simply apply peanut butter to the offending gum and work it in. The gum comes right off.

Lemon Juice.
Chewing gum can be removed from clothes if the gum is first soaked in lemon juice and then the clothes are washed as normal.

WD40/Penetrating Oil.
Very similar to the other chewing gum remover tips. Simply spray the sticky gum with WD40 and work it into the gum. The gum will come out easily.

Visitors comments

Ultimate gum removal - works on anything! Comments By: Angelica Blanco on 2005-06-15
G'day! here in Australia, we use good old fashioned Eucalyptus Oil - that's right. Cheap, easy to apply and remove, with a strong but pleasant lingering odour.

eg. in hair, carpet, car upholsery, clothes (if you sat on it), or off any surface shiny/poreous/soft/hard, great for concrete and pavers. Avoid using on
anything that you cannot wash or wipe down afterwards eg. books, paper lamp shades, delicate materials eg plain white silk or satin. I've never tested on these. The basic rule is to use it on anything that won't be damaged by the oil itself.

Method: take a cloth, rag, towel, or an old t-shirt if need be, pour a small amount of eucalyptus oil onto it and rub directly onto the chewing gum. It will dissintegrate before your very eyes - LIKE MAJIC! :)

Caution: Don't touch your face (especially your eyes) whilst using this product. It's pretty strong and should be kept well away from little children as it can be toxic if swallowed.

WOW - HOT VINEGAR DOES IT Comments By: Janet in St Albans on 2005-07-18
In March I was in the leisure centre for my senior citizen keep-fit class and sat down to put my trainers on. Of course you know what I sat on - I had to do the whole session with a big blob of chewing gum stuck to the bum of my tousers!! I kept putting off trying to shift it as I was afraid that your tips would not work! So it had dried on really hard by today 18 July - I used very warm wine vinegar, a toothbrush and a knife and lo! it is all gone. Took four minutes. Thanks a lot Tipking.
TRY THIS TOO Comments By: Bobbi--mom of 5 angels on 2005-11-14
I have not personally tried any of your ideas, but would like to offer one of my own. Shower gel--smells much better than some of the others offered, and washes out in the shower before normal shampooing. Just wet your hair, rub some shower gel onto the gum, and work out. I have one little girl and 4 boys, and can not tell you how many times this has saved my daughter's hair from being cut, which would have been more detrimental to me i am sure. Anyway, hope this helps!!
ice ice baby Comments By: diva on 2005-12-14
i had ice put onto my uniform for school and it workd a litle bit......right now i am freezing my hoodie in the freezer for pictures that are supposed to be taken friday for cheerleading. ! wish me luck.! peanut butter works too though.
Vinegar works a treat Comments By: Jon Rowe on 2005-12-20
On the off chance asked Jeeves what to do with our sons trousers after he had sat in some chewing gum. Heated some vinegar and it worked a treat. Shows how you can combine modern technology with traditional methods.
rubish Comments By: kezza on 2006-01-11
i liked the way u have sumthink for nearlly everythink but for chewing gun there is hardley anythink like it doent even say about the vinegar or nuthin i think u should add more
mayonnaise fantastic Comments By: dev on 2006-05-05
though I'd try mayo as it was the only thing of the list (apart from vinegar and I didn't fancy the smell).It worked,first time I haven't had to throw anything away.It came off poly/cotton trousers without any effort.Put a blob on the large patch and rubbed it in.Then washe dtrousers to remove mayo - fantastic
Mayo - fantastic Comments By: dev on 2006-05-05
Tried mayo as this was the only thing on the list in the house (apart from vinegar and I didn't fancy the smell) Put a blob on the gum,worked it in and hey presto no chewing gum.This was on poly/cotton trousers.Then washed to remove mayo.Fab tip thanks
ewww bubble gum in the car Comments By: jaxy68 on 2006-05-07
I was furious when my son sat on bubblegum in the car and smeared it into the seat and his shorts. Hot vinegar ..thank goodness....it actually worked. my son will live to see another year! Hehe.
AMAZING...MAYO REALLY, REALLY WORKS!! Comments By: Tina Cribby from Toronto on 2006-06-17
Thanks a million!! It saved my brand new sofa and my kids. I just put mayo on the blob of gum and rubbed it off lightly with a butter knife and it came right off and it didn't stain my sofa.

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