So You Fell Asleep with Gum in Your Mouth

We’ve all had those nights where you go out for a drink with the girls, and A drink turns into quite a few and the night turns into a blur.

You know one of the nights where you stumble in through the door, kick off your shoes and hopefully make it to the bed.

If you’re lucky, you managed to change out of your “Going Out” clothes, and if you’re really lucky, you remembered to spit out your gum.

And if you weren’t that lucky, your morning after goes a little like this:

“Ugh….I don’t feel so good
OMG! Where is my gum?
Puhleeeeaase let it be on the sheets.
Oh no….It’s in my haaaaiiiirrr!!!!”

And then quite obviously panic sets in. How on earth will you get it out?

Have no fear. Last night, a friend of mine was the unlucky one. And today, I was unfortunate enough to be the one helping her find a way to remove it. After some googling, we decided to try the Peanut Butter Method. And I happy to report that it worked, was super easy, and quite quick.

If you ever find yourself in this truly unfortunate situation, don’t panic, put down the scissors, and follow these steps.

Step One

Do yourself a favor. Cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothes from the peanut butter.

Step Two

Do your best to separate the gummed section(s) of hair from the rest of your hair. May as well do what you can to minimize the mess.

Step Three

Take a spoonful of smooth peanut butter. Do not use the crunchy kind. Its not oily enough. The oil is what helps soften the gum.

Step Four


Smear the peanut butter onto the gum.

Step Five


Massage the peanut butter into the gum.

Step Six


When you feel the gum soften up, gently pull it from the hair. And voila, all you’re left with is some peanut butter residue.

Step Seven

Wash your hair thoroughly and your good to go.

A shout out and special thanks to my wonderful friend for letting me document this traumatic experience. I’ll be kind and not name her because being hungover and having gum and peanut butter in your hair is enough misery for one day. I’ll spare her any additional embarrassment.

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