No, you don’t have to cut your child’s hair off if they get gum stuck in it. This simple technique helps remove the sticky mess from hair.

My mother taught me this trick when I was little. I was blowing bubblegum bubbles and a very large bubble popped and stuck to my face and hair. I couldn’t pick it off my hair, no matter how carefully I tried.

Mom came to the rescue with a jar of peanut butter. She used her fingers and rubbed it into my hair where the gum was stuck, continuing until it was thoroughly rubbed in. I smelled like a peanut butter sandwich, but it did the trick. The stuck gum came off my hair much more easily.

It’s an old trick, but it works.

Just don’t use it on someone who has a peanut allergy.

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