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Life hack: removing gum from your child's hair
These household products have an unexpected benefit: removing gum from hair!
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If your child has ever come home with chewing gum or bubblegum in her hair, you know it’s a sticky situation that could lead to tears and possibly a dreaded haircut.

But with these tips there is no need to go to extremes and you will be able to remove that tacky gum in just a few minutes! No tears, guaranteed. This life hack will you avoid a hair-hack.

  • Get hold of creamy peanut butter or vegetable oil like olive oil.
  • Cover the gum completely with either of the two by using an old toothbrush of your fingers. If you use peanut butter*, the oils in the product make the gum harder and it becomes less sticky.
  • Be patient for a few minutes.
  • Slowly remove the gum – it should come out in one piece. If your child has chewing gum in his or her eyebrows or eyelashes, vegetable oil is the most effective.
  • Wash your child’s hair as you would normally do to remove the oily substance.

*Don't use peanut butter if you or your child is allergic to peanuts.

Watch this video to see how effective peanut butter can be!


Have you ever had a sticky hair situation at home? What was your magic solution? Let us know at chatback@parent24.com

Sources: American Academy of Dermatology, YouTube

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