How can I get chewing gum off my shoe?

Rachel Greene-Taylor
Written by: Rachel Greene-Taylor
Posted on: 13 October 2016

We’ve all been there. You take a few steps forward and feel something sticky on the sole of your shoe. After a few more steps you take a look. And yes, it’s a chunk of chewing gum.

Try one of our trusty methods to get rid of the gum.

Get gum off your shoe: use peanut butter

We haven’t tried and tested all the methods below, but we had a go with peanut butter as this seemed not only the most bizarre, but also the quickest and most convenient.

Watch the video to see how well it worked:


As you can see in the video, it’s a pretty straightforward method. Just coat the chewing gum in peanut butter, and rub it off with a tissue. It works much better than it looks…

Get gum off your shoe: freeze it

Pop your shoe in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer. If the whole shoe doesn’t fit in the plastic bag, that’s okay – just make sure the chewing gum is pressed up against the bag.

Leave it in the freezer for a couple of hours. The chewing gum should peel off when you remove the bag.

Get gum off your shoe: ice it

Rub ice on the chewing gum. You have to press the ice down quite hard, so the chewing gum freezes. Then you can scrape it off with a blunt knife – but be extra careful not to cut yourself or damage your shoe.

Get gum off your shoe: sand it

We don’t mean with sandpaper.

Remove your shoe and sprinkle some sand over the chewing gum, then scrape it off with a knife or a stick. You might have to put a bit of welly into it, but the gum should start coming off a little bit at a time.

Get gum off your shoe: oil it

Apparently, another quick method is olive oil.

We’re not sure how well this one works, but if you have olive oil in the cupboard and chewing gum on your shoe, it’s worth a go.

Just rub the oil into the gum and let it soak for a few minutes. Then rub it off with a tissue. Hopefully the gum will slide straight off.

Next time you tread in a fresh piece of chewing gum, why not try one of our handy methods to set your sole free?

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