How to Get Gum out of Hair With Peanut Butter

By Kimbry Parker
Get gum out of hair carefully so it doesn't spread.

Gum and hair don’t mix, but with kids, it’s likely to happen at some point during their childhood. The sticky, gooey nature of gum makes it seem impossible to remove, but one common pantry staple can help ease it out. Your kid’s favorite sandwich spread -- peanut butter -- contains a high amount of oil and fats, which help dissolve the gum and ease it out of the hair.

Scoop a dollop of peanut butter from the jar with a spoon. Use your fingers to smooth the peanut butter over the gum.

Work the peanut butter into the gum by hand so it’s completely covered. Knead the peanut butter into the gum. Run a comb through the gum and the hair to work it out. Apply more peanut butter as needed to soften the gum so it can be combed out of the hair.

Rinse the hair well to remove the remnants of peanut butter. Shampoo and condition hair as usual.

Tip

If gum gets on clothing, rub an ice cube over the spot to harden the gum, then scrape it off gently with a dull knife or spoon. Don't put the garment in the dryer until all of the gum is gone. The heat from the dryer will melt the gum and not only spread it to other garments, but also all over your dryer. If it does get in your dryer, toss a few old towels in the dryer and run them on warm to soften the gum. Mix powdered laundry detergent and water in a bowl to form a paste, then use a rag to scrub the paste all over the inside of the dryer to remove the gum. Wipe out the dryer with a clean, damp rag to remove any residue. Before drying a clean load of clothes in the dryer, run a few damp towels through to make sure there's no trace of gum.