How to Get Gum Off Shoes

Its happened to us all. We’re walking innocently along and as we lift our foot, we discover the stretch of chewing gum attached to it. (Is it just me, or when this happens to you, do you not notice a garbage can within a few feet of where your foot in now being held captive by sticky gooiness?) Undoubtedly, the act of stepping in chewing gum by some inconsiderate schmuck has happened to everyone at some point in their lives.

We’ve compiled a list of three proven methods to remove the offending piece of gum from your shoes. As for the inconsiderate schmuck? We’re a firm believer in karma.

Depending on how much of a hurry you’re in, you can use either of these tricks. Stick your shoe in a plastic bag with the gum pressed tightly against the plastic. Put it in the freezer for an hour or two. When you take the bag out, pull the plastic back from the shoe and the gum should peel off your shoe and onto the plastic. Any gum remnants can be picked off with a tooth pick or butter knife. If you’re strapped for time, try rubbing an ice cube over the gum for 10-20 minutes. It should freeze and turn putty-like. You can then pick it off.

Who doesn’t love WD40? That stuff stops a squeaky door or drawerer in its tracks! Would you believe it also softens up chewing gum? Spray it on, wait, and wipe it off. Turns out, you can use it to remove lots of sticky, icky stuff.

If you don’t have any WD40 on hand (You really should. Get some┬ánow!) you can use one of those canisters of compressed air — the kind you spray into your computer keyboard to clean out gunk. Compressed air canisters contain freezing cold air. So spraying sticky gum should harden the gum as well.

Good old peanut butter. We thought it went together best with jelly, but it’s one of the most popular methods for removing gum from the bottom of shoes. Take a butter knife and generously rub a glob of peanut butter over the offending chewing gum. After 10 to 15 minutes (or depending on how soft the chewing gum was to start with) the gum should start to soften and become one with the peanut butter. Once this happens, you can clean the rest of your shoe off with some soap and water to get rid of any pb or gum remnants.

Do you have tips to remove chewing gum from the bottom of shoes? Share them with our readers in the comment section!

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