HELP! Mum asks for the best way to remove bubble gum out of her daughter’s hair before resorting to cutting it out with the scissors.

I think we have all been there. The dreaded gum or blu-tack in your kid’s 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 and remove bubble gum 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 remove bubble 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.


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.


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 remove bubble 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 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 remove bubble gum from kid’s hair?

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  • My daughter came home from school one day with part of her hair cut shorter. It wasn’t bubblegum but blue tack. Very similar and I was so annoyed! She got a friend to cut it instead of asking the teacher for help.


  • Eucalyptus oil was our go to, as it leaves behind a nice fresh scent as well!


  • I feel like i need to bookmark this, because it is only a matter of time that I will need to deal with this problem!


  • Reminds me of that simpsons episode where Lisa gets bubblegum stuck in her hair xD


  • The couple of times I have had to get chewing gum out of hair I used Vinegar, if the hair is long enough fill a cup and put hair in it; if not soak some paper towel and put on hair. Leave as long as you can and then it should come out easily.


  • This is important to know.


  • I’ve never had this issue with my kids. My daughter liked to give herself hair cuts, thsts about it


  • I’ve tried ice cubes and vinegar before, and both ideas work well!


  • Some clever tricks for those unfortunate enough to need them.


  • Let kids be kids why take away the good stuff in life its all about moderation weither there are tantrums involved or not they will learn moderation eventually..Even the stubborn kids. You dont no when today is your last so I’d rather eat a piece a cake.


  • Great advice would of never thought of these ideas. Might try it with the sticky ass lolly my daughter got stuck in the fringe.


  • Thanks for the tips – hope I never need to use them.


  • I wonder if these will work on slime? Our house is now a slime free zone as my daughter put it all over her hair!!


  • These tips will kept close by for many people! ;)


  • Eucalyptus oil is a godsend for so many things :)


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