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How To Remove Gum From Shoes

How To Remove Gum From Shoes

Removing Gum from the shoes can be messy. Without proper technique, your shoes are prone to get damaged and can get ruined if you don’t take action quickly.

When the gum is stuck on the shoe sole, you can scrape it off with a butter knife or similar tool. But, if it has made its way to the shoe fabric, only scraping will not be enough.

WARNING: Not all shoes are the same. You need to be extra careful while treating sensitive shoes like suede and leather.

Precautions to take on Removing Gum From Leather and Suede Shoes

Leather and suede shoes have delicate materials. You must learn tricks and be cautious while removing gum from these shoes.

Leather Shoes

Leather Shoes

If the gum has stuck in the shoe sole, it will not be so risky. If it has made its way into the outer layer of the shoes. Be careful before you try reckless methods.

  • Avoid applying ice directly to the leather shoes. Instead, put the ice in the plastic bag and work it accordingly.
  • Don’t use sharp objects to scrape the gum off your leather shoes. Use blunt knives or anything flat.
  • You can use peanut butter in leather shoes too. Don’t overuse the peanut butter as the excess oil can damage the leather.
  • Use a blow dryer to melt the gum in your leather shoes. After the process, clean it with a leather cleaner.

Suede Shoes

shoes shoes

Suede shoes are sensitive and are prone to get damaged. If you want to make your suede last longer then avoid the following things.

  • Avoid scraping the gum too hard. Suede is a delicate fabric. Its top layer can get damaged if you scrape it.
  • Using ice packs is a practical method for suede. Avoid water to get into the suede.
  • Prevent using oil and peanut butter in the shoes. 
  • You can easily find a suede eraser in the market. It helps to erase extra stains after you scrape off the gum out of your shoes.

Word of Caution

Before applying any of the following methods, always remember:

  • The oily substance like peanut butter and WD-40 can damage delicate fabrics. 
  • Always test the product on a small area of the fabric before application.
  • Remember to avoid sharp tools as they can damage the shoe. Use only blunt tools instead.
  • Do not use fingernails to remove the gum. You can use a stick or credit card.

Methods To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Shoes

Below are 9 methods to remove chewing gum from your shoes. Choose one which best suits you.

Put Your Shoes in the Freezer

Put Your Shoes in the Freezer

One of the best and most scientific ways to get gum off is by putting your shoes in the freezer. The cold temperature of the refrigerator reacts with the chewing gum. It will turn gum hard making it fall off.

  1. First of all, put your shoes in a plastic bag.
  2. Next, press the plastic bag against the gum.
  3. Put the shoes in the freezer for about 2 hours.
  4. Finally, take out the shoes and pull the gum out

Be sure your whole shoes get inside the bag. You don’t want dirt from the shoes to get inside the freezer.

Spray WD-40 To Get Gum Out Of Your Shoes

If you are looking for an easy and simple way to get the gum off. Then, you can visit the nearest supermarket and purchase a WD-40. Not only does taking gum off your shoes, but it can be handy for other cleaning purposes too. 

  1. Spray WD-40 in the area where the gum is.
  2. Wait a few minutes and let it work its magic.
  3. Wipe it with a clean tissue or cloth.
  4. If there is some residue left, spray some more.

Peanut Butter to the Rescue

Peanut Butter to the Rescue

Not only applying to the bread, but peanut butter can also be convenient if you want your shoes to be gum free. Peanut butter is oily and when oil reacts with the gum it melts. Peanut butter softens the gum, making it easy to come off.

  1. Take one or two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and spread it over the gum.
  2. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Scrape both gum and peanut butter. Avoid scrubbing it too hard as it might damage your shoe.
  4. At last, wipe it with a clean towel.

Sprinkle Some Dry Sand To Peel Away The Gum

Sprinkle Some Dry Sand To Peel Away The Gum

Dry sand is a natural way to remove gum from the shoes. The sand will dry the gum. Try sprinkling dry sand onto the gum. It will peel away the gum effectively without consuming your time. Avoid wet sand as it will not work.

  1. Sprinkle dry sand or dust over the gum.
  2. Find a stick or something blunt to scrape the gum.
  3. Keep pouring the sand until it peels away.
  4. It might not completely work but still, it can make your shoes a little gum free.

Use Nail Polish Remover To Remove The Gum Off Your Shoes

Nail polish remover contains acetone in them. This ingredient aids in dissolving the gum in the shoes. You must take extra precautions if the gum has stuck onto the fabric of the shoe. It results in fading in the upper material of the shoe. Test it before use.

  1. Start by pouring a small amount of nail polish remover in a dry towel or tissue paper.
  2. Start rubbing the towel onto the gum.
  3. Repeat the process until the gum is gone.

You can also use lighter fluid. But be careful while using it as it is flammable. It is better to do it outside your home to avoid fire. 

Rub Cooking Oil in the damaged area

Rub Cooking Oil in the damaged area

Your regular cooking oil can do magic when it comes to peeling off the gum from the sole of the shoes. You can use olive or any other cooking oil for this method.

  1. Put some oil on the sole of your shoes using cotton balls and cloth. This will weaken the glue of the gum and make it peel easily. 
  2. Scrape it with a butter knife or anything flat like credit cards.
  3. Wash it with soap water to get rid of the oil.

Use a Hairdryer To Melt the Gum

use hairdryer to melt the gum

Applying the heat from the heat dryer softens the gum in the shoe. But be sure to experiment it before use. Some of the shoes can get damaged if the heat is too high.

  1. Use the hairdryer to melt the chewing gum from your shoes.
  2. Control the heat of the dryer and blow it on the area of the gum.  
  3. Keep blowing until the gum starts to melt.
  4. Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe it out.
  5. Scrub if there is some residue 

Apply Ice Cubes To Harden The Gum

Get a few ice cubes and prepare to take the gum off your shoes. Ice cubes or ice packs will make the gum stiff. Eventually making it come off easily.

  1. Put the ice in a plastic bag with a ziplock. 
  2. Press the ice against the gum
  3. Keep pressing the gum for up to 10 minutes.
  4. The gum will fall when it freezes and hardens.
  5. If it does not fall out, try scraping it.

Use Distilled White Vinegar To Dissolve The Gum

Use Distilled White Vinegar

If you do not have white vinegar in your home. It is time you get yourself one. White vinegar are very handy to clean anything in your household. It is a non-toxic cleaning method to scrape the gum out of your shoes. The acidic properties of vinegar are useful as it dissolves the gum.

  1. Use a mixture of white vinegar and water and heat it up
  2. Moisten the paper cloth with the solution or you can put it in a spray bottle.
  3. Rub the paper cloth against the gum or spray it.
  4. If it doesn’t work, keep repeating the process until it’s gone.

How To Remove Chewing Gum With Toothpaste


Toothpaste reacts with the gum, resulting in it losing its stickiness. The gum will get hard making it easy to peel off.


  1. Apply some toothpaste onto the gum and let it sit until it gets dry.
  2. Scrape the gum with a butter knife or similar tool
  3. Wipe the residue with a clean cloth.

Does Rubbing Alcohol Dissolve Gum From the Shoes

Isopropyl alcohol works like wonder if you want to dissolve gum from shoes. It breaks down the polymers in the gum. It also work as an antiseptic and disinfectant.


  1. Apply alcohol to the damaged area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Try to pull off the gum from the carpet with a scraper. Be gentle when using scrapers.
  3. You can use a butter knife or anything flat to scrape the gum off.
  4. Use more alcohol if there is still some traces left.