How to Remove Gum From Hair
If you have ever gotten gum stuck in your hair, you know how frightening it can be to search for remedies that do not involve cutting a portion of your hair. Often, getting gum in your hair usually ends with a last-minute trip to the salon or barber for a haircut. Considering all the time and effort the average person puts into maintaining their hair today, this is beyond inconvenient. Fortunately, there are less costly and easier ways to remove gum from your hair. If you are tired of struggling to remove sticky gum from your hair or your children’s hair, use any of these recommendations that are already found in your home.
10 Effective Ways To Remove Gum From Hair
These ten gum removal methods are effective ways to remove chewing gum from hair without damaging it:
Peanut butter is a perfect solution for extracting gum out of hair. Most people would not guess that this intrinsically sticky food is a cheap and natural gum remover. Peanut butter removes gum from hair because both substances attract and react extremely well with each other.
Gum is made of a natural gum base from trees that is mixed with syrups, sugars, flavorings and food coloring. Although the base of the gum clings tightly to the proteins in dry hair, this gum base is hydrophobic and cannot dissolve in water. Ultimately, gum repels water. This explains why water does not remove gum from hair, and why gum cannot stick to wet hair.
Peanut butter, on the other hand, is made from both ground and roasted peanuts. While being processed, peanuts produce a lot of oil, and some manufacturers add peanut oil to enhance taste and creaminess. As a result, peanut butter contains a high amount of fats and oils that are also hydrophobic. Peanut butter and gum are both hydrophobic materials that naturally attract each other.
To remove gum from hair, begin by separating the non-affected hair, so the gum and peanut butter do not spread. Next, apply a generous amount of peanut butter on the chewing gum and rub it into the gummy hair. Once you work the peanut butter into the gum, the oils will attract the gum base and stick to each other. As you rub the peanut butter around the gum, you can start to remove big chunks of it from your hair. Apply more peanut butter until it all comes out. Finally, shampoo and condition hair as normal.
Ice is one of the simplest ways to remove gum from hair. The ice freezes and hardens the chewing gum, making it possible to break the gum into little pieces so that you can pull them off your hair. First, mix salt and lukewarm water, then apply the salt water to the gum and hair. The salt water lowers the freezing temperature of the ice. Pull the gum away from the scalp as much possible.
Next, rub ice cubes on the gummy hair for 10-15 minutes. You can also fill a plastic bag with ice and press it on the hair. The ice cubes will freeze the gum and make it rigid enough to break off with your fingertips. When it starts to soften, freeze the gummy hair again and repeat the process until all the gum comes out. You can also use peanut butter to remove the gum more efficiently.
Select the cooking oil of your choice, such as vegetable, peanut, olive, or coconut oil. Since oil is also hydrophobic, it attracts the gum base and reduces the stickiness of the residue in your hair. The greasiness of oil and the gum stick together, so you can pull the chewing gum off without damaging or cutting your hair.
To start this process, use a hair tie to separate the gum-affected areas. Rub a generous amount of oil on the gum, let it sit for a few minutes, then use your fingers to pull it off the hair. You can use a comb or toothbrush to remove any big pieces or residue gently.
If there is a large wad of gum in your hair, pick off as much gum as possible, then work the oil into the area without spreading the gum to your clean hair. Once the gum is coated with oil, delicately rake your fingers through the hair to get rid of the ball of gum. The gum will begin to loosen and easily slide down the hair.
Do not heat or massage the gum into the hair too much. If you do, the gum can spread and get pressed into the hair more. Try again if the gum does not come out, repeat the process but let the oil sit on the hair for up to 10-15 minutes. Use a wide-toothed comb to slide the gum off the strands of hair. Clean the comb before using it again on your hair. After the gum is gone, use a soft cloth to soak up any remaining oil. Then, shampoo your hair with your favorite product.
Similar to peanut butter and oil, Vaseline or any petroleum jelly is greasy enough to remove chewing gum from hair quickly and easily. Vaseline can lubricate the gum wad and help you loosen it without harming your hair.
First, hair must be dry. Scoop a generous amount of Vaseline onto your finger tips and rub it onto the gum until it softens or pulls away from the hair. Once it loosens, comb any remaining gum out or scrub the area with a soft toothbrush. Vaseline is greasy, so you may need to wash your hair multiple times.
Baking soda has many household uses, from whitening your teeth to freshening your freezer, and it is also an excellent way to get rid of sticky gum from hair. Baking soda is also one of the most affordable gum removal methods since it often costs less than a dollar.
Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to water and form a thick paste. Rub the paste onto the entire area where the gum is stuck. Let the paste sit on the gummy hair for 5 minutes or until it dries, then pull the baking soda and gum remnants out. Wash and dry. Problem solved.
Hair Mousse and Hairspray
Both hair mousse and hair spray are cosmetic products that quickly remove any sticky substance from the hair, including gum. Choose either product and apply a generous amount of it on the wad of gum. Wait 3-5 minutes, then try to pull the gum out of the hair with your fingers or a comb. If either of these products gets in your eyes, it can cause painful irritation. Be careful!
Toothpaste is another useful household item that does a lot more than just clean your teeth. You can use toothpaste for many quick fixes and home remedies, including removing chewing gum from hair. Just apply a small amount of toothpaste directly on the gummy area and allow it to dry. Once the toothpaste dries, use your fingers to pick off pieces of the gum. Repeat as necessary.
Rubbing alcohol is effective because it breaks down the polymers in the chewing gum. However, it can also dry out your hair, so try not to over wet the area. Use a cotton pad or cotton swab to blot the affected area with rubbing alcohol and let it sit on the hair for a few minutes. Once the gum loosens up, use your fingers to pull it out.
If there is any remaining gum, cut a small piece of duct tape and stick it directly on the spot. Press the tape on the area, then allow it to dry for at least 30 seconds. Slowly pull the duct tape off the gum, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the positive result. This method is proven to be a perfect solution when gum gets stuck in your hair.
Mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of egg yolk and oil, so it works similar to the previous methods. Mayonnaise contains a lot of fat, which makes it another great household gum remover. It’s oily, greasy and hydrophobic.
To remove the gum, rub a small amount of mayonnaise on the hair and work it into the sticky area. Use your fingers or a comb to scrape the gum off. Add more mayonnaise and repeat the process until all the gum is removed from your hair. Shampoo immediately after this method since mayonnaise has such a pungent smell.
Moisturizing Cream and Mouth Wash
This method may be more expensive, but most moisturizers, lotions, and cold creams also remove chewing gum, if you also use mouthwash. Apply a small amount the product of your choice on the affected area and rub it in with your fingers. Next, slide off any excess product, then wash the gummy hair with mouthwash. This process will quickly separate chewing gum from hair and make it smell minty fresh!
How To Remove Gum From Your Hair With Quick N Brite
Quick N Brite is a stain remover, degreaser, and household cleaner that can be used safely on your hair to remove gum and sticky residue. This environmentally safe product is a thick, creamy paste that can be applied to gummy hair without the risk of harmful fumes or chemicals.
Spread Quick N Brite over the chewing gum and work the paste into your hair. Coat the gooey mess and wait several minutes. Similar to mayonnaise, Quick N Brite is such an effective gum remover because the paste is a natural solvent that contains a powerful surfactant.
Quick N Brite will break down the gum and release its bond on the strands of hair. This cleaner may seem like other home remedies, but it is one of the most powerful gum removers found in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. Remove gum quicker with less damage.
First, use ice to remove as much gum as possible. Only use the tub of Quick N Brite, not the liquid concentrate. Scoop up a generous amount of paste and apply it directly to the hair. Massage the paste into the gum until the entire area is coated, and wait for it to start to absorb.
Allow the cleaner to sit on the gum area for 10 minutes. If the wad of gum is large, feel free to leave it on your hair even longer. The cleaner will break down the sticky fibers in the gum, and it will easily slide off the hair. Take your time removing the gum. It will feel soft to the touch.
Now use your fingers to pull out the larger pieces of gum. After the Quick N Brite, has lifted the gum away from the hair, you can clean it off without any pulling. At this point, you can use a comb to remove any small remaining chunks or residue.
Finally, use a clean towel to absorb any excess Quick N Brite from your hair and rinse with warm water. There is no need to shampoo or condition your hair after this process. Quick N Brite is a natural product that is completely safe for your hair and skin.
How To Remove Gum From A Dog’s Hair
Gum is not limited to accidentally getting stuck in your hair or your children’s hair. It can also get stuck to your pet’s fur. If this happens to your family dog, make sure you have the following items:
- Creamy peanut butter
- Pet hair comb
- Paper towels
- Dog shampoo
Apply the creamy peanut butter to the gum wad on your dog’s fur. Then, rub the peanut butter into the chewing gum and surrounding hair until it softens. Like the process on human hair, the oils contained in the peanut butter help to break down the stickiness and help you remove the gum without pulling out the dog’s fur.
Most dogs enjoy the taste of peanut butter. If your canine friend needs the incentive to sit still, then feel free to feed them a little peanut butter. If your dog becomes restless during the gum removal, use a soothing voice and gently pet the dog in a very relaxed and comforting manner. This interaction reassures the dog that they are safe.
Continue applying the peanut butter and let it sit on the dog for up to 5 minutes. This gives the oil time to loosen the gum’s hold in the fur. Next, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle the fur and take out the gum. Wipe any excess peanut butter off with a paper towel. Continue to extract the gum with the comb and your fingers until every bit of it is removed.
Finally, wet your dog’s fur and clean it with your favorite dog shampoo. You may need to massage the lather into the area for several minutes to guarantee all the oil from the peanut butter is gone. If there is any remaining gum or residue, repeat the process or try another method, like ice or mayonnaise. Be careful not to pull the dog’s hair when removing the gum.
How To Remove Spirit Gum From Hair
Spirit gum is a common adhesive used for costumes or hair pieces. It is easy to apply, but removing the product can be difficult, especially when it gets stuck in your hair. To remove it you will need spirit gum remover. Secure your hair and apply a small amount of spirit gum remover to a warm washcloth. Press the washcloth to your hair and allow the spirit gum remover to soak into the gum.
After a couple of minutes, rub the washcloth against the hair in small, circular motions. Be gentle and take your time. Spirit gum takes longer to remove because it is a powerful adhesive that needs to be carefully cleaned off your skin and hair. Reheat the washcloth and continue rubbing the spirit gum remover into the hair. Eventually, the gum will begin to loosen. Then, wash out the remover and gum residue with shampoo.
How To Remove Spruce Gum From Hair
Spruce gum is a natural alternative to gum that many people make at home and enjoy chewing. Spruce gum is made of resin and considered one of the first types of chewing gum. Today, it is created from dried Spruce tree sap and often flavored with mint or cinnamon. Also, like chewing gum, you can easily remove it with some of the same techniques when spruce gum gets accidentally stuck your hair.
You will need the following items to remove spruce gum from hair:
- Hand sanitizer or nail polish remover (either one)
- Warm water
- Soft towel
- Peanut butter
- Hair dryer
First, use a cotton pad or cotton swab to apply hand sanitizer or nail polish remover to the gum-affected spot. With your fingers, gently rub the hand sanitizer or nail polish remover into the spruce gum. The gum should crumble and break up in the hair.
Next, wash your hair with liquid dishwashing soap and warm water. Use a moisturizing conditioner after cleansing because this process can dry out your hair. Finally, pat your hair dry with a soft towel. Repeat this process if any residue is left.
If spruce gum gets stuck to the root of the hair or scalp, use peanut butter to remove it. This method works best on sensitive areas. Scoop a generous amount of peanut butter and massage it into the spruce gum. Wear a shower cap or plastic bag, and heat the area with a hair dryer on low heat for a few minutes.
Then, work the peanut butter into the gum and use your fingers to slide the peanut butter away from your scalp, then rinse with warm water. You can also use a comb through your hair. Finally, shampoo and condition your hair.
How To Remove Gum From Leg Hair
Similar to your scalp, sensitive areas like your legs require gum removal solutions that are natural and mild. If you get gum stuck in your leg hair, use peanut butter to get rid of it quickly and pain-free. Peanut butter works well on skin with hair because it lubricates the strands, making it easier to pull off the gum without pulling out your hair.
Peanut butter is a natural gum remover that efficiently breaks down the gooey fibers with oil instead of chemicals. Apply the peanut butter with a toothbrush and gently scrub the leg hair. Start at the top of the gum-affected spot, and slowly work the residue down the leg with the toothbrush. During this process, use long strokes.
The peanut butter will make the gum less sticky, and easier to pull away from your leg hair. Use your fingers or a fine-toothed comb to remove large pieces of the gum. Then, use a damp cloth or paper towel to blot the area and remove any remaining residue. Wash the leg hair with liquid dishwashing soap and pat dry.
You can also use lubricants, like toothpaste, cooking oil, hair mousse, WD-40, cold cream, adhesive remover, Vaseline, or hair silicone to remove gum from leg hair. Start by isolating the gummy hair and select a lubricant. Pour or squeeze a small amount onto the leg hair and rub it in the gum spot.
Work the lubricant into the gum and cover all the sticky hair. After you have rubbed your leg hair for several minutes, the lubricants should make the gum slide off your hair. Use a fine-toothed comb for any small pieces. Pat the area with a warm washcloth and soak up any excess product. Finally, thoroughly wash your leg with soap or shampoo.
Dissolvers are great home remedies that remove gum from leg hair without pulling or scrubbing. Most popular dissolvers include eucalyptus oil, rubbing alcohol, adhesive remover, baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, and mayonnaise. Spread the dissolver of your choice onto the leg hair and let the product soak into the gum wad for 1 minute.
After the product seeps into the gum, you can begin breaking it apart with your fingers or a comb. If it still feels sticky, apply more and leave it on for longer. Eventually, the gum will dissolve. Once the gum has dissolved, clean your leg hair with a damp cloth or towel, then wash your leg with soap and water. Your leg hair should be gum-free with no residue.
How To Remove Gum From Cat Hair
Like households with dogs, cat owners may also unexpectedly find gum stuck on their cat’s fur. Again, peanut butter is going to be the best solution to separate the gum from the fur. Like dogs, cats come in many different sizes and breeds, but peanut butter is a universal way to clean gum off their fur without hurting them. Use creamy peanut butter and rub a small amount on the gum with your finger.
The oils in the peanut butter will make the area greasy, but you can clean off any excess with a paper towel or washcloth. You can also use mineral oil or cooking oil but only use a few drops to avoid a lengthy removal process. Both products work exactly like peanut butter, but you will need to use shampoo to clean the cat hair. Also, different types of oil can have strong scents, so pick something mild.
Removing Gum From Cat Hair With Water
If there is an excess amount of gum in your cat’s hair, you can always use moisture to loosen up the gum before you apply peanut butter. Soak the palm of your hand in a bowl of warm water. Wipe it on the gum in a downward motion. You may notice shedding, but this pre-treatment tip prevents the gum from spreading to clean areas of the cat.
The water should make the gum removal process a little easier for both you and your cat. Be patient. For the most part, cats are more irritated by this situation than dogs. Make sure you take all necessary and appropriate steps to soothe and comfort your cat. If the cat is comfortable, you will be able to take the gum off easily.
How To Remove Gum From Child’s Hair
Avoid tears and an emergency haircut by using any of the suggested gum removal tips, but peanut butter tends to be the most effective method to remove gum from a child’s hair. Olive oil also works well, but children respond better to peanut butter. First, make sure you have a jar of creamy peanut butter. You will need 1-2 tablespoons, depending on the amount of gum.
Cover the gummy hair with the peanut butter and work it into the area with your fingers or an old toothbrush. Leave the peanut butter on their hair for a few minutes until the oil begins to change the consistency of the gum. The peanut butter will make the gum stiffer and less sticky. Use a comb to work it out of the child’s hair. Then, wash the child’s hair with shampoo and water.
How To Remove Gum From Hair With Coke
Coca-Cola is an impressive gum removal solution for your hair. To remove a wad of gum, soak the gummed-up hair in a large cup or bowl filled with the soda. If your hair is long, you can dip it into the Coca-Cola, If your hair is short, liberally coat the hair with Coke by soaking a washcloth or paper towel in the soda.
Hold the soaked cloth on the gum for a few minutes. Do not press too hard. You may spread the gum onto clean hair. Add more soda until the gum comes off easily. Other store brands of cola will work just as well. However, Coca-Cola seems to be the most reliable way to remove gum because of the combination of carbonic acid and phosphoric acid.
How To Remove Gum From Skin
Occasionally, gum will become stuck to your skin. You should try to take the gum off while it’s still soft. If it hardens, you may want to try to yank it off you skin without any lubrication, but resist the urge to pull with your fingers. Pulling dried gum off skin is unnecessarily painful. Instead, use any of the following techniques to get rid of gum safely and painlessly.
Buy regular unscented Vaseline or petroleum jelly at any grocery store or local pharmacy. Both Vaseline and petroleum jelly adhere to the gum and cause it to lose its stickiness. Apply the Vaseline wherever the gum is attached to your skin. In most situations, you will not need more Vaseline than a size of a nickel.
Cover your skin with a small amount of Vaseline and rub it directly on the area until the gum becomes smooth and hard. Now it will fall off your skin without any pulling or pain. This method works in just a few minutes and doesn’t require any scrubbing to wash the Vaseline off the skin. Use a sponge and warm, soapy to wipe off any greasy residue.
Peanut butter is a perfect solution for skin and hair. Grab an old towel and a jar of creamy peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter is less messy and abrasive than the chunky version. Peanut butter with an extremely high fat content works best. As you know, the peanut butter’s natural oil dissolves the gum.
Use a butter knife to spread a generous amount of peanut butter on a small portion of the towel. Next, rub the towel on the gum until the peanut butter starts to rub the gum off. Turn the towel over and use the other side to wipe off any extra peanut butter. If you have gum stuck in your body hair, you can use a comb to remove any gum-infested patches. Clean the peanut butter off with soap and water.
Pour a small amount of vegetable oil on the gum. Select any cooking oil, such as vegetable, canola, coconut, or olive oil. Pour a quarter-sized dab of it directly on your skin. Both gum and oil are hydrophobic and will stick to each other. Oil will help reduce the stickiness and eventually dissolve the gum. Keep in mind, oils and fats are hydrophobic; therefore, they are a perfect solution.
With your hand, rub the oil on the gum. This oil will not only release the gum, but it will naturally come off your skin without pain. Make sure to allow the oil to soak into the gum as well as your skin for a few minutes. The gum will dissolve as you rub it. Exercise a little patience, and you will soon learn that you do not need to rip off dried gum off your bare skin anymore.
Take a brush or a comb and run it across the gum. You will see the gum start to dissolve. Now you can remove the rest of it from your skin with the brush or comb. This is especially effective if you have gum in areas that contain a lot of hair. If you ever feel any pain during this process, just stop and apply more oil. This gum removal process will even help soothe your skin.
Wrapping it Up
If you are the victim of chewing gum in the future, do not frantically look for solutions instead check your kitchen, bathroom, or garage for different products you can use for any of these gum removal techniques. Simply choose the option that you have on hand and get rid of the gum without damaging or cutting your hair. Most of these inexpensive methods can also be used on clothes and shoes. Review these suggestions and figure out the best way to remove gum the next time it gets stuck in your hair or your children’s hair.