Remove Gum from Your Hair and Clothes

Edited by Mian Sheilette Ong, Lynn, Eng, Nuance

Accidents happen. Gum in your hair or on clothes is definitely not a pleasant experience. Gum accidents can be very humiliating. Some people resort to cutting out the chunk of the hair that the gum has attached itself to, or disposing the afflicted garment instead of taking the time to remove the gum. Do not be impatient. Do not be too hasty and chop off your hair, or throw anything away. Many tricks can be used when it comes to getting rid of stubborn gum. To remove gum from your hair and clothes, you just need a few easy to acquire materials and the patience to go through with it. In just a few minutes, and with minimal effort, you will find yourself free of the gum.

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How to Remove Gum from Your Hair and Clothes

Removing Gum From Hair

There are several ways to remove that annoying, sticky gum, which somehow made its way into your hair. Check out the following solutions:

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    Peanut butter
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    1. Choose an oily, creamy peanut butter. The oilier it is, the better it will work. About 80 g of fat is in every 100 g of regular peanut butter. Remember that crunchy peanut butter has less fat.
    2. Spread the peanut butter over the gummed area of your hair. Use a comb or a toothbrush, or just use your fingers, although it can be a little messy.
    3. Incorporate the peanut butter into that part of your hair. Make sure you perform long strokes that go outwards and downwards. You can also use a spoon to act as your base source for the peanut butter. Use more peanut butter if the gum is spread out a lot.
    4. Get a hand towel to pull out the peanut butter and the gum. If the gum is not dry, it will be easier to remove.
    5. Use shampoo to wash the excess peanut butter off your hair. Make sure you lather well. You might have to shampoo twice.
    6. Wash the items you used.
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    Silicone
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    1. Spread the silicone over the affected area of your hair. Let it sit in your hair for half a minute.
    2. Use a comb to remove the gum from your hair.
    3. Wash your hair. Lather the shampoo well.
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    Cooking oil
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    1. Check your pantry for cooking oil (vegetable, canola, or olive). Apply the oil onto the gummed area. Wait for up to three minutes.
    2. Comb out the gum from your hair.
    3. Wash and rinse your hair.
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    Petroleum jelly
     
    1. Apply petroleum jelly on your gummed hair.
    2. Use a wide toothed comb to remove the gum and petroleum jelly.
    3. Wash your hair and rinse well. With petroleum jelly, you'll have to wash your hair twice.
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    Saltwater
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    1. Let your gummed hair soak in saltwater.
    2. Ice your wet hair. Do this for 15 minutes.
    3. Remove the hardened gum.
    4. Use shampoo to wash your hair. Rinse well.
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    Adhesive remover
     
    1. Purchase an adhesive remover from a medical store.
    2. Apply the adhesive remover with your fingers.
    3. Use a paper towel to remove the gum.
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    Hair mousse
     
    1. Cover the affected area with hair mousse.
    2. Use a comb to gently remove the gun from your hair.
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    Toothpaste
     
    1. Get a small amount of toothpaste.
    2. Apply the toothpaste on the gummed hair.
    3. Wash it off with good shampoo.
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    Other means
     
    1. WD-40  
      1. Spray this and rub it through your affected hair. Wipe off the gum with a tea towel or paper towel.
    2. Eucalyptus oil. Get a cotton pad and soak it with eucalyptus oil. Apply it over the affected area. Wait for the gum to melt away.
    3. Alcohol. Apply rubbing alcohol on the affected area. Wait for a minute and remove the gum. Wash your hair thoroughly.
    4. Combine the use of mouthwash and hand lotion. Apply hand lotion on the affected area first. Rinse the area with mouthwash. It will take 5 minutes to remove it.
    5. Use mayonnaise on the gummed area of your hair. Rinse well.
    6. Make use of cold cream to remove the gum. Wash your hair and rinse well.
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Removing Gum from your Clothes

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    Freezing Method
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    1. Make sure the fabric is folded in a way that exposes the gum.
    2. Place the folded clothing in a plastic bag. See to it that the gum doesn't touch the plastic.
    3. Seal the plastic bag. Freeze it for two to three hours. The goal is to harden the gum. If you choose to place the cloth over the plastic bag, remove other items in the freezer to avoid contamination.
    4. Remove the frozen plastic bag. Remove the clothing.
    5. Peel the hardened gum as soon as you remove the garment from the bag. You can use a dull butter knife to do this. If you let the gum to soften or thaw out, it will be harder to remove.
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    Rubbing alcohol
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    1. Apply rubbing alcohol on sensitive clothes. Using rubbing alcohol will not alter the coloration of your clothes. Use a sponge to apply the rubbing alcohol. This will only take a few minutes to take effect.
    2. Get a spatula. Remove the gum with it.
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    Fabric softener
     
    1. You can wash the garment with soap and water. Rinse well and dry.
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    Peanut butter
     
    1. Apply peanut butter over the affected area.
    2. Wait for the gum to become soft.
    3. Remove the peanut butter and gum with a butter knife or any blunt knife. The peanut butter will stick to the gum.
    4. Scrape the gum from the cloth.
    5. Use a stain remover to remove the peanut butter stains.
    6. Wash the clothing.
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    Vinegar
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    1. Heat about a cup of vinegar just before it comes to a boil.
    2. Get a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar. Rub the vinegar on the gum quickly. Vinegar works best when it is very hot.
    3. Do this repeatedly. Reheat the vinegar if you have to.
    4. Wash the clothing to eliminate the smell of vinegar.
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    Gas
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    1. Apply gas on the affected area. Gas will dissolve the gum, but be careful in handling it.
    2. Use a putty knife, toothbrush, or butter knife to remove the gum.
    3. Wash the garment thoroughly to remove the odor.
    4. You can use lighter fluid instead of gas.
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Tips

  • Perform the methods of removing gum as quickly as you can.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using products like WD-40. It is fatal if you accidentally ingest such products.
  • If you choose gas – please be careful – it is flamable.
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