HELP! Mum asks for the best way to get bubble gum out of her daughters hair before resorting to cutting it out with the scissors.

I think we have all been there. The dreaded gum or blu-tack in the kids hair.

So what are the options? Cut it out, or is there some other clever little trick to get it out?

We have the answers!

There are actually quite a few options to try before resorting to the final CUT!

Anything oily is meant to be great. Olive or vegetable oil, Eucalyptus oil or vegetable oil, coconut oil or even baby oil.

Apparently Ice cubes or peanut butter works as well. Vaseline and toothpaste are another couple of great products to try as well.

Peanut butter: If you have some peanut butter take a coin sized amount of peanut butter and cover the chewing gum with it, if the chewing gum is bigger you might need a little more peanut butter.

Make sure the chewing gum is completely covered in peanut butter from all sides. Let it sit there for a few minutes and then check with your fingers whether the gum has started to loosen out or not.

If it has, gently run a comb or a toothbrush through the hair. With a few strokes the gum will be completely out. You can even use a wash cloth instead of the comb.

Ice Cubes: One of the simplest ways to get rid of chewing gum from hair is to rub some ice cubes on the wad of chewing up entangled in the hair. Take some ice cubes in a piece of soft cloth and press it on the chewing gum for 10-15 minutes. The ice cubes will freeze the chewing gum and harden it. Keep pressing the ice cube on the area until the chewing gum is completely hardened.

Oil: The greasiness and the stickiness that oil contains helps to get rid of gum stuck in the hair.

You can use any sort of oil, be it cooking oil, olive oil, coconut oil, eucalyptus oil etc. Rub copious amount of oil on the chewing gum especially on the edges where it touches the hair.

Let it sit for a few seconds and then pull it downwards with your fingers. You can even run a comb provided you are very gentle.

Vaseline: Just like oil the greasiness and the oiliness of vaseline or any other petroleum jelly can help you to take out chewing gum from your baby’s hair without causing any damage.

While using vaseline to take out gum from the hair make sure the kid’s hair is dry and not wet. Take some Vaseline on your fingers and rub it on the wad. Massage it gently until the gum loosens out. Once it has you can remove it with your finger or comb it out.

Baking Soda: Take a spoonful of baking soda in a bowl and add a few drop of water to make a thick paste.

Apply this paste on the gum. Let the paste sit for a few minutes. When the paste dries off you will be able to easily remove the chewing form the hair.

Hair Mousse: Hair mousse and even hair sprays can remove sticky things stuck in the hair easily.

Apply a coin size amount of hair mousse on the chewing gum, wait for a few seconds and then comb it out. If you are using hair spray, a spritz is enough to take out the gum easily.

Toothpaste: Toothpaste is readily available in any household and can be used for many home remedies and quick fixes.

Apply a small amount directly from the tube without diluting it, to the gum and wait for it to dry. Once the toothpaste dries off the remove the gum with your fingers.

What other clever tricks have worked for you when trying to get gum out of the kids hair?

Share your comments below

  • If I ever need this I hope ice works it definitely sounds like the least messy.


  • Never let your own children have chewing gum. Not only do they sometimes put it in their own hair some continuously swallow it. I know two children in one family who did that and both had to have their appendics removed within weeks of each other. They were away on a holiday staying in their caravan so their holiday had to be delayed until both children had recovered enough to travel far enough without pain from pressure of seatbelt or road vibration, both of which can be very painful.


  • I have always used the ice cube method with great results. Chewing gum is one of those things that is a nightmare if it gets anywhere!


  • Luckily I never had this problem. I like the ice cubes’ idea and the baking soda’s too. :-)


  • Great tips! Will be saving this just incase I ever need it


  • Some great ideas here, and I love that most of these products are readily available at home already.


  • These are such good hacks for removing chewing gum from hair. When I was little my hair got chopped if I got chewing gum in my hair.


  • Eucalyptus oil works wonders indeed. I also have good experiences with vinegar to remove chewing gum and slime out of hair and clothing. I’ve also popped clothing items with chewing gum in the freezer.


  • Hmm let’s hope I never have to do this


  • Will file a few of these for later. Hopefully I never have to use them!


  • Wish i had have known about these whrn my youngest got blue tack in her hair.


  • There are some great tips and advice given here to rid of gum from the hair. I used the good old Vaseline when we had this problem.


  • I used scissors once nothing else worked


  • lol had this happen at primary school…..the teacher was very quick with the scissors. Mum was horrified at the chunk they took out of my hair …….it was accompanied with a note about the school’s rule about ‘absolutely no gum at school!’ It grew out, as you would expect, and I never took gum to school again.


  • kids have only ever got it a little stuck so a tiny snip of hair and it’s out. Good tips for if I need them in the future though, thanks :)


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