How to remove chewing gum from the bottom of your shoe

How to clean chewing gum off your shoes

There is literally nothing worse than getting gum stuck to your shoe, especially when they are brand new and still clean. Even if you get the worst of it off, it will stay stuck in the crevices and its pretty difficult to get out. But we have got some tips for getting the gum out of your shoes so they look new again.

This first one is pretty weird but it actually works great (if you can endure the peanut smell!) smear a generous amount of peanut butter over the gum, after 10-15 minutes the gum should start to soften (depending on how soft it was in the first place), once it is considerably soft, scrape it off then wash your shoe with soap and water to get rid of any peanut butter or gum that may remain.

Another surprising method is WD-40. Spray it directly on to the gum until it hardens then scrape it off with a butter knife. If you don’t have WD-40 to hand, a canister of compressed air will work just as well in the same way.

A more well-known and popular method is actually sticking the shoe in a freezer. Wrap a plastic bag around the shoe, making sure the plastic is firmly against the gum and leave it in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Once you take it out, the gum should peel away nicely with the plastic bag. If there is any remnants left then you can simply pick it out with a butter knife or toothpick.

A great method if you’re in a rush is nail polish remover with an acetone base. Simply just soak a paper towel with the nail polish remover and rub it on the gum until it disappears. Make sure you aren’t using this method on suede or patent shoes though as the acetone can ruin the finish.

These are our 4 top methods for removing gum off of your shoes. When using any of these methods, make sure your shoe is protected as you don’t want to ruin your favourite pair even further. Also don’t forget to watch out for where you are walking to avoid having to repeat these methods in the future!