Oil, Ice, Or Lemon Juice: What Home Remedy Works Best To Get Gum Out Of The Carpet?

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

Chewing gum might be a nice way to freshen up your breath, but it can also be a huge mess. Getting gum out of your hair, your clothes, or your home furnishings can be a major hassle.

Carpets and gum make for an especially tricky combination. You might be able to use peanut butter to get a wad of gum out of hair, but that messy strategy doesn’t pair well with the beautiful antique runner in the front hall.

Alternatively, if you still have your shag carpeting from the seventies, beware. Rugs with a dense pile are especially tricky because all of those tiny little fibers cling to the sticky gum and weave their way in.

That’s why you should never try to scrub a piece of gum out of a rug; you’ll just end up with a bigger mess.

First, take a breath before trying to solve the problem. If a piece of gum falls on your carpet, leave it. The more you touch it, the more tangled it will get.

Then, walk away and go get a tool for scraping the gum out of the fibers. A cake server or a butter knife works well.

Next, check your kitchen for lemon juice, oil, vinegar, ice cubes, or adhesive remover. All of these common household supplies are great for getting rid of sticky gum.

In fact, we decided to test all five remedies on our carpet here at LittleThings to find out which one works best of all!

Check out the video below to see which common household supply is our first choice for getting gum out of the carpet!

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