How to get gum out?

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 7:00am
qdebbie1's picture
Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

Forgive me if this may be considered off topic.
I have always heard to use peanut butter to get gum out?
My son has gum on a shirt and gum all over my leather seats in the van(that is why we have leather and not cloth)
Its like 110 degrees so the gum is melting!
any ideas?

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 7:24am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Not specifically-- but let me share your pain for a moment.
(Now, don't you feel better??)
Seriously-- you should call a local movie theater. They have a spray that comes in an aerosol can which removes gum VERY efficiently.
And cheese whiz aside, I don't think there are too many food items that come in a spray can. [img][/img] It didn't smell like PB, anyway. Organic solvents, yes.
The other thing you might try is looking at the "Motsenbocker's" (umlaut o's) line of products. [url=""][/url]
They really do work. I used some to get dried latex paint off one of DD's dresses.
Good luck.
Edited to add: I just thought of something else you might try initially... try freezing the gum with CO2-- either in a fire extinguisher or with some dry ice. and then chip away as much of it as you can with a putty knife so you can treat it later on to remove residue.
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Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 7:51am
TeddyAlly's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

I have tried this and it does work...get the gum spot wet and then put the shirt in the freezer. When it is frozen you can scrape (or pick) the gum off. Good luck..I hope it all comes off easy!
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 6)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 7:56am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Absolutely no help here--but I knew this would come up one day. My mother used to always put PB in my long hair to get gum out. I was predisposed to sleep with come in my mouth I guess.
Now that I have a child I can't imagine his having gum in his mouth the way I used to--and never for more than say 10 minutes at a time. Perhaps I'm paranoid about several things: cavities, not being able to use PB to get it out of stuff--I don't know.
My only concern with making your leather so cold like that is that it will crack. But you could try ice--perhaps at night when it's a little cooler?
I like the idea of that company Corvallis Mom recommended. They say they're green. It's not easy being green.

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 8:40am
happycat's picture
Joined: 08/31/2004 - 09:00

I'm thinking the PB works because its oily? Maybe trying canola oil or some other "safe" oil on your car seats (after you've picked as much as you can off) would work. I have no idea for the shirt, but like others, I've heard freezing it works.
Luckily I've not had to deal with this yet (knock on wood). My kids are still young, and they tend to just swallow their gum after two or three "chews".

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 10:28am
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Perhaps you could substitute soybutter or sunbutter for the PB?
Good luck,

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 10:45am
Lindajo's picture
Joined: 10/14/2003 - 09:00

I'd try an ice cube on the shirt. Put it right over the area to "harden" the gum and then scrape it off. There's also a product called "goo gone" or something like that, maybe "gonzo", its supposed to be for sticky adhesives. That might work on the shirt as well as the van seats.
I wouldn't use the PB in the car if that's where your DS may sit with his PA. I do know that PB works to take gum out of hair as I did this to my non PA DD. Worked like a charm.
edited to add: I found this link on typed in "remove gum from leather and it came up with a few websites.) It might work...[url][/url] -- it says to use a roll of scotch tape; put the tape over the gum and pull.
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Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 10:56am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

We love Goo Gone, and it should work on the shirt. Wouldn't put it on car leather though, unless you call them.
BTW--I was not recommending PB at all--just saying that it was used on my as a child frequently.

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 11:25am
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

I have used Olive Oil and it takes it out instantly.

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 2:00pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

[i]glaring typo[/i]. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 07/21/2006 - 2:43pm
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

mommabear: yes...i got a giggle out of that too. [img][/img]
with the leather in your careful! once i had a brand new vehicle and one of my older kids (when they were younger) got a sticker stuck to the leather. not thinking, i just peeled it off. it took the bonded leather right off with the sticker. YIKES. the entire time i owned that vehicle the flaw on that seat bothered me. very careful whatever you try to do with the leather. with the gum, i'd be sure to loosen it or whatever it takes to make sure it doesn't remove some part of the leather when you do finally get it off. take your time. i don't want you to have to go through what i went through when i realized i'd removed the top, colored layer of the leather along with the sticker.
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