Hundred-year-old Advice for Removing Chewing Gum from Hair

unwrapped stick of chewing gum

A hundred years ago Good Housekeeping magazine contained lots of household tips submitted by readers. Some tips are just as relevant today as they were in 1919. Here is advice for removing chewing gum from hair:

Chewing Gum

Perhaps some other mother will welcome this bit of news. My baby came in the other day with several pieces of chewing gum in her mass of curls. I thought at first that I must cut them at once, and prepared for the sacrifice. Then I remembered that oil will take chewing gum off one’s hands. I had no oil but instead used vaseline. It proved ideal, for the gum rolled up and I could take it right out. Then a shampoo was all that was necessary to restore the youngster’s beautiful gold curls. Mrs. J.J., N.C.

Good Housekeeping (May, 1919)


36 thoughts on “Hundred-year-old Advice for Removing Chewing Gum from Hair

      1. This may fall into the category of too much information, but I’ve not been able to chew gum since about third grade. I couldn’t keep from swallowing it, so I just quit!

    1. I think that if I could cut the hair out without really messing it up that I might – but if it would make a real mess of the hair that I’d probably try to avoid cutting if possible.

  1. πŸ˜‚ Some things never change! I can’t remember what mom used in my hair, but I used WD40 in my girls’ hair which happened to all three.

    1. Your comment reminds me that if I accidentally put one of my kid’s shirts through the washer with a sticker on it that I’d rub peanut butter on the remnants of the sticker and rewash the shirt. It worked really well to remove the stickers.

  2. I had no idea chewing gum even existed a hundred yeas ago. Now, could somebody uninvent it please? It’s the scourge of city pavements and removing it is a drain on hard-pressed local authority finances. I can’t understand why people use it. What’s it for, exactly?

    1. Sometimes I’m surprised how long some products like chewing gum have been around. I’m always furious when I get chewing gum on my shoes.

  3. I wonder if Vaseline would get chewing gum off the sole of a shoe. I have Vaseline. I have a shoe but I haven’t seen any chewing gum for a while so I can’t experiment. πŸ™‚ I hated getting gum on my shoes.

    1. It seems like I get chewing gum on my shoes at least once or twice a year. I just need to remember to try this the next time it happens.

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