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How to remove gum from leather

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether it's your couch, shoe, jacket or purse, leather is the last place you would want a piece of gum. But don't send that leather to the cleaner just yet. Try these steps to remove gum from your leather first.

Scrape off any excess gum carefully with a credit card, plastic scraper or your fingernails.

Mix dish soap and water, using enough soap to create lots of suds. Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe the leather.

Wipe again with clean water and then with a dry cloth. If the gum is gone, stop here and follow up with a leather conditioner.

Dip a clean cloth in peanut butter or vegetable oil and rub it onto the spot. Let stand for 1 minute.

Use another clean cloth to wipe away the peanut butter or oil. The gum will be gone, with no damage to your leather.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap and water
  • Peanut butter or vegetable oil
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Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.