Removing Gum from Hair

May 10, 2010

Removing Gum from HairIf your child gets chewing gum stuck in their hair use peanut butter to get it out. Using your thumb and forefinger rub the peanut butter on the hair and the gum miraculously disappears! Use a little at a time until the gum is gone. Works every time! Of course, you then have to wash the peanut butter out of their hair.


By Sharon from Silver Spring, MD

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September 22, 2005

Tips for removing gum from hair. Post your ideas.

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To get out chewing gum stuck or attached to hair, rub the chewing gum with oil or butter. Rinse or wash the hair normally.

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July 23, 2009

I am looking for tips on how to get gum out of hair.

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July 23, 20090 found this helpful

Peanut butter-rub it into the gum real good and wash hair.

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July 25, 20090 found this helpful

Slop a glob of peanut butter on it, massage it around, and then rinse-shampoo if necessary.

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July 27, 20090 found this helpful

Yep, a third vote for peanut butter. You can also freeze the gum with ice and then just break off the hardened gum. It comes out really easily at that point. Good luck!

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July 27, 20090 found this helpful

Another vote for peanut butter. The ice is nice, but why bother? The peanut butter takes a minute, give or take, and you don't have to hold the frozen melting ice cube on the gum. LOL

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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

When I think of gum in hair the smell of peanut butter always hits me :) I guess I never learned my lesson growing up, I had the peanut butter on my head quite a few times, and it worked like a charm!

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September 9, 20091 found this helpful

Goo-gone! My daughter got gun in her hair and it pulled it out.. as well as lovely fresh fast acting window caulking. I have no idea why but she did, and I am talking clear down to her scalp.


Using goo-gone was the only thing we could find that would get it out of her hair. Nothing else worked.

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January 15, 20190 found this helpful

worked like a charm <3

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July 18, 2017

Coca-Cola can be used for many cleaning tasks around the home, even removing gum from hair. This is a page about using Coca-Cola for removing bubble gum in hair.

A piece of gum that is being removed from a child's hair.

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June 17, 2017

If you have some handy, baby oil works well to remove gum from hair. This is a page about use baby oil for gum in hair.

Girl Blowing Gum Bubble

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May 10, 2010

Gum in hair. no problem. Rub a teaspoon of peanut butter in the gum. Rub a few minutes and it dissolves it completely.

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July 23, 2009

How to get bubble gum out of hair. Apply peanut butter to the gummed area and rub and voila, the gum will release and remove easily.

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February 13, 2007

Remove chewing gum from your child's hair by rubbing a spoonful of peanut butter into the gum, leave on for a bit and then wipe the mess out with a paper towel.

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