How to Remove Gum from a Shoe

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21-10-2016, 07:15
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Everyone has walked in gum at some point in their life -- it's not a fun experience, especially if your shoes are brand new. Luckily, there are several easy hacks for removing gum from the sole of your shoe. Find a method that appeals to you after the jump!

Freezing the Gum

  1. Place the shoe in a plastic bag. Take your gum-ridden shoe and put it in a plastic bag, such as a large food storage bag or a grocery bag. It doesn't matter if the entire shoe doesn't fit in the bag, just make sure the part with the gum is pressed against the plastic.
  2. Press the plastic against the gum. Press the plastic bag firmly against the piece of gum for several seconds. You need the gum to stick to the plastic before freezing, otherwise this method won't work.
  3. Place the shoe in the freezer. Clear a space in your freezer for the plastic-covered shoe. If the shoe is not fully inside the plastic bag, you may want to keep it away from any food items, to avoid spreading any germs.
  4. Leave the shoe in the freezer for a minimum of two hours. This will give the gum a chance to freeze onto the plastic bag. Once frozen, remove the shoe and the bag from the freezer.
  5. Remove the shoe from the plastic bag. The gum should stick to the plastic bag instead of your shoe, leaving your shoe gum-free!

Using Ice

  1. Fill a large plastic bag with ice cubes. Place your shoe on top of the ice cubes, gum-side down. Avoid letting the ice cubes go inside or around the shoe, as this will make your shoe wet.
  2. Keep the ice cold. To prevent it from melting too fast, use a food storage bag that can be zipped closed or tie the bag shut.
  3. Firmly press the ice onto the gum until it freezes. You will only be able to remove the gum after it has frozen solid. This may take a little while -- so have patience!
  4. Once frozen, scrape the gum from the shoe. Carefully use a dull butter knife or putty knife to scrape the hard, frozen gum off the shoe. Move the knife slowly to avoid cutting the shoe or yourself.

Using WD-40

  1. Spray the gum with WD-40. Get a can of WD-40 (available in supermarkets and cleaning supply stores) and spray it onto the sole of your shoe, on and around the gum. Let it sit for at least a minute, to allow the WD-40 to loosen the gum's adhesive bond.
  2. Wipe away the gum. Use a paper towel, rag, or any cloth to wipe the gum from the sole of the shoe. It should come away pretty easily. If not, give the gum a second spray and try again.
  3. Clean the sole of your shoe. Once the gum has been removed, use a paper towel or clean rag to wipe the shoe again to remove any additional residue left from the spray. Toss the rag or paper towels away when finished.

Using Peanut Butter

  1. Take some creamy peanut butter. Apply a thick layer of creamy peanut butter (approximately two tablespoons) to the gum, then leave it to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Scrub away the peanut butter. After 10 minutes, use a wire brush to scrub away both the peanut butter and the gum. It may take a little elbow grease, but the gum should come away too.
    • Remember to scrub with the grooves of the sole instead of against them, to avoid damaging your shoe.
  3. Clean your shoe. Hold the sole of your shoe underneath some cold running water and scrub with a sponge to remove any peanut butter residue.

Using Sand and a Stick

  1. Find a wooden stick and some dry sand. This method works well if you're outside and happen to step on some fresh gum that is still pretty soft and pliable. All you need is some dry sand (or dirt) and a small wooden stick.
  2. Sprinkle some sand over the gum. Remove your shoe and sprinkle some sand on top of the gum. Use the stick to start rubbing the sand into the gum -- it should start coming away in small chunks.
  3. Continually add more sand and keep rubbing. As the gum starts to come away, sprinkle some more sand on top and continue rubbing. The sand acts kind of like an exfoliator for the bottom of your shoe!
    • Keep going until the gum is more or less completely removed. This may take a little while, but it's better to act quickly instead of allowing the gum to dry and harden onto your shoe.

Dissolving the Gum

  1. Use lighter fluid. Soak an old cloth or piece of paper towel in some naphtha and rub it onto the gum. The gum should start to dissolve away.
    • Make sure to use the naphtha in a well-ventilated area, away from any heat sources, as naphtha is highly flammable.
  2. Use nail polish remover. Acetone-based nail polish remover can also be used to dissolve chewing gum from the sole of a shoe. Soak a paper towel or cloth in the remover and rub it onto the gum until it disappears.
    • Just be careful what type of shoes you use this method for, as acetone may damage the finish on patent or suede shoes.

Using Olive Oil

  1. Rub olive oil on the gum. Avoid getting it directly on leather or suede on the shoe, or it might stain.
  2. Let the oil sit for a minute.
  3. Rub the oil off with a paper towel.
  4. Remove any excess gum with a pointy-ended tool dipped in olive oil.
  5. Finished! The gum should now be all off. Dispose of appropriately.


  • If you can't remove the gum right away, then you may want to try to scrape off as much gum as possible. Use a dull knife to scrape off the gum or you can rub the sole of your shoe against a concrete sidewalk in a place that no one else will step in it.


  • Do not use your hands to remove the gum. You don't know where it's been.
  • Do not try and use your nail to remove the gum if its too hard. You might break it.
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