How To Remove Chewing Gum

Tips to remove chewing gum and dried up gum from hair, clothes, carpets and other surfaces

Chewing gum is delicious to chew and great for removing debris from your teeth and gums, especially if you eat the sugar free variety such as Orbit. Please do remember to use the wrapper to spit out your chewing gum into and dispose of safely into a bin. If only everybody did this - then you would not need the advice below:

Used chewing gum will harden as it dries out; unfortunately it also makes it harder to remove. So prompt action is needed to remove gum. There are two ways to remove chewing gum - using cold or heat.

Removing Chewing Gum From Carpets And Clothes

If the chewing gum is on clothes, the carpet, a sofa, chair or other soft furnishing then you should gently scrape off as much of the hardened gum as possible. You can use a non-serrated knife for this purpose. Now put two ice cubes into a self sealing plastic sandwich bag. Rub the bag over the gum stain to freeze the chewing gum. Now use the knife and scrape gently at the gum. More gum debris should be loosened. Continue using this method until all the chewing gum is removed or you feel no more can be removed. If some gum remains you need to try the heat method.

Removal Of Gum Using Heat

Heat the gum with a hair drier for no more than two minutes. Slip your hand into a plastic sandwich bag and press the bag onto the melted chewing gum. This should lift off more of the gum. Repeat as often as you need to or until no more can be removed. If some stubborn stains remain you can add a small dab of a heating rub such as Deep Heat and then repeat the hair drying and plastic bag method.

Using Detergent To Take Off Chewing Gum

Use one teaspoon of a mild detergent to one cup of water. Blot the chewing gum stain with the solution using a cloth or pieces of paper towel. Repeat until the stain disappears. If the chewing gum stain is particularly stubborn you can buy a spot remover or dry cleaning type solvent especially for the removing of chewing gum.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Hair

Chewing gum in hair needs to be loosened prior to removal or the sticky mess will worsen. A greasy barrier will aid this. Use something like peanut butter or cooking oil and rub into the gum and surrounding hair for about one minute. Using a piece of paper towel pull out the gum. This should remove it safely, easily and with little pain. Now you can wash the hair with shampoo and thoroughly rinse.

Other methods for removing chewing gum from clothes which can be tried include placing the item in the freezer overnight. The frozen gum can then be scraped or chipped off.

Vinegar can be used to soak off the gum. It seems to work better when warmed in the microwave.

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