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The 10 Best Ways to Get Gum Out of Things

Oh look, there's gum stuck to the carpet. Or the bottom of your shoe. Or your child's hair. Don't fret—there are some tried-and-true ways to get gum out of things, beyond just peanut butter. Try these ten terrific tricks.

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Freeze it


Did your child get their bubble gum stuck on their clothing? Just place the item of clothing in the freezer and leave it there for about two hours. Remove the item and you should be able to peel the frozen gum right off.

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WD-40


Next time you find gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, grab some WD-40. Just spray it, let it sit for a couple minutes, and then wipe it clean. Here are 20 brilliant ways to use WD-40.

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Mayonnaise


Oil can help remove gum. Just rub it on the gum and it should be pretty easy to peel off. Just note that the oil in mayo can leave a stain, depending on the surface or fabric. Learn how to remove oil stains from concrete.

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Lemon juice


Try this lemon juice cleaning trick: If you get gum on your clothing, soak it in some lemon juice and then scrape it off with a butter knife. Wash the clothing on a normal cycle.

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Vinegar


Vinegar can also help remove gum from carpet or clothing. Soak the item in vinegar and then brush it off gently. Here are some more ingenious household uses for vinegar.

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Hairspray


If you have hairspray on hand, spray some directly on the gum and wait for it to dry and harden. You should be able to scrape it right off.

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Toothpaste


Toothpaste will not only clean your teeth, but it can also help you remove gum. Toothpaste works by breaking down the gum’s stickiness. You’ll be able to easily scrape it off after the toothpaste does its job. Here are 49 more things you never knew you could do with toothpaste.

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Ice


If you find gum stuck on your carpet or on your couch, grab an ice cube or an ice pack and hold it on the gum for a few minutes until it hardens, then scrape away.

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Hair dryer


Soften gum with a hairdryer. Just apply some heat to the gum and then use a rag or plastic bag to pull away. Use caution with heat on carpets or rugs, though, as heat may harm some fibers. Here are some simple tricks for getting rid of tricky carpet stains, including gum.

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Oh, yeah—peanut butter!


Peanut butter is a hero when it comes to removing gum. You usually have it on hand, it’s not expensive and it doesn’t smell bad, either. Spread some peanut butter on the offending glob and let it sit for a few minutes. The gum will soften up and be much easier to remove. This works especially well for gum stuck in hair. Next, check out some great cleaning tips for tough-to-clean household objects.

 

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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