Chewing Gum Removal Techniques

Discarded gum seems to get stuck everywhere, the seats of buses and trains, playgrounds, car parks and on every street. And then it sticks to you! So what are the best methods of removing chewing gum?

Chewing gum litter is such a big problem that many home-spun methods of removing chewing gum have developed. They are often cheaper and simpler than the many commercial cleaning products that are available. It can also be difficult to know what the chemical ingredients in commercial chewing gum removal products will do to your clothes.
Getting Rid of Single Blobs of Gum

1. Salt and Washing up Liquid

This popular method is useful if the gum has spread out on the material of a garment. Add a little washing up liquid to the gum and then add salt. Rub the gum with another piece of material to remove it.

2. Freezing the Gum

This technique than can be used to remove chewing gum from shoes, clothes, carpets, mats and even hair. If the item will fit, put it in the fridge or freezer for several hours, or even leave it overnight. Once frozen, the gum should become brittle and be easy to scrap and chip off.

Chewing gum on larger items of clothing, carpets and people can be frozen with ice cubes in a plastic bag.

Solvents such as white spirit and lighter fluid can be used to remove any remnants of gum that are left. Be sure to check that the solvent doesn’t harm the material by applying a small amount to a hidden area, such as a hem or an old piece of carpet.

A normal machine wash or dry-clean should finish the job for clothes and carpets can be shampooed.

3. A Beaten Egg White

Once the bulk of the chewing gum has been removed (e.g. by picking it out or freezing), rub a lightly beaten egg white into the remains for a few minutes. Continued rubbing should then result in the chewing gum being removed completely.

Chewing Gum Removal Over Large Areas

Chewing gum litter is a massive problem across the UK, despite the wrapper which can be used to dispose of it without any mess and the litter bins which are on every street corner. Blobs of chewing gum can be found on pavements, streets and pedestrian areas in almost every town and city.

Discarded chewing gum in the UK has been classified as litter by legislation which came into effect in 2005. This means that people can be fined if they are caught throwing gum away carelessly and that Local Authorities have a duty to clear it up.

Another problem with power washing is that the gum can sometime just be moved and then stick somewhere else.

The latest custom made gum removal machines use a combination of steam (sometimes under pressure) and chemical detergents to lift wads of gum off of hard surfaces. This type of process destroys the gum completely and the machines often include brushes and/or a vacuum to clear up the residue.

Benefits of Chewing Gum – Cutting The Urge to Snack Between Meals

Did you know that one of the benefits of chewing gum is that you might actually cut the urge to snack? This was the finding according to some recent gum manufacturer funded research.

The experiment involved offering people a variety of snacks three hours after a regular lunch (a sandwich) and encouraging the subjects to eat as much as they wanted.

One of the afternoons during the study, the participants were told to chew Extra sugarless gum for 15 minutes in each of the three hours between lunch and the snack time. Other afternoons no gum chewing was allowed during this time.

The researchers found that those who chewed gum ate fewer snacks and shaved 40 calories off their in between meal snacking, compared to times when they hadn’t been chewing gum.

The subjects – 115 men and women aged 18 to 54, all regular gum chewers, reported that they didn’t feel as hungry or have the same urge for a sweet after chewing the gum.

Energy levels remained good, and there was less drowsiness at the mid afternoon snack time than on the afternoons when they didn’t chew the gum.

“Overall, this research demonstrates the potential role chewing gum can play in appetite control, reduction of snack cravings and weight management,” Geiselman explains in a news release from the sponsors of the conference.

“Even small changes in calories can have an impact in the long term. And, this research supports the role of chewing gum as an easy, practical tool for managing snack, especially sweet snack, intake and cravings.”

But, before you go out and stock up on sugarless gum as a diet aid… it’s important to understand that the study was sponsored by the Wrigley Science Institute, part of the company that produces chewing gum.

Wrigley is one of two companies (the other being Cadbury) that accounts for just over 60% of the gum market share in the world. It was Wrigley’s Extra that was used in the study.

And while this type of gum doesn’t have sugar it gets it’s sweetness from artificial sweeteners that aren’t without potential side effects.

Sorbitol, the sweetener in Extra and other gums (as well as in diet drinks and ice cream) can act as a laxative.

An incredibly small study conducted by German researchers and appearing last year in the British Medical Journal found that too much sorbitol could case chronic diarrhea, stomach troubles and unintended weight loss.

The two subjects who participated in this work took in 18 grams of sorbitol a day – a stick of gum has about 1.25g of the sweetener.

Other research on artificial sweeteners (using rats) suggests that these substances might confuse the body’s ability to regulate food intake, causing weight gain for some.

It seems the artificial sweeteners might have the body expecting more food on the way, pushing you to eat more, this according to work last year by a Purdue University team – Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson.

So the benefits of chewing gum might prove helpful to some it’s not anything magic.

The best approach to managing your weight is to eat a variety of good, healthy foods in moderation and stay away from sweets, calorie-laden junk foods and sodas.

Regular exercise is key, as is getting enough sleep so that your body is rested and ready to go each day.

Will Chewing Gum Make You Lose Weight Or Gain Weight?

When it comes to chewing gum and weight loss, many believe that gum is fattening or can cause you to not achieve your fitness goals. However, this is not the case as chewing gum does not have nearly the amount of calories to cause you to gain weight. But being that there is a ton of misconception floating around the internet and media about this topic, I decided to write an article and tell you exactly why it is not unhealthy to chew gum and how it can help you lose weight if you apply a cool technique that I will show you in a minute.

So before I show you my cool trick on how to lose weight by chewing gum, I wanted to break down a few of the most common ingredients that I have found in chewing gum and show you why they will not make you fat. With that being said, the most common ingredients found in gum are as follows:

Chewing Gum Ingredient #1: Softeners

Softeners are what makes the gum nice and moist. If softeners were not an ingredient, the gum would likely become too hard to chew. A common softener includes glycerin. Glycerin is not bad for you as long as large quantities are not consumed. There has been debate as to whether glycerin is classified as a carbohydrate or not, but for the purpose of this article and chewing gum, there is not a problem with it when it comes to losing weight.

Chewing Gum Ingredient #2: Sweeteners

These are the ingredients found in chewing gum that make it taste sweet. Now here is where you will want to look at the back of the label. I suggest that you pick a gum that has all natural sugars in it. There are some companies that use aspartame and corn syrup as sweeteners. As long as you do not chew a pack of gum a day, these sweeteners will be OK. However, ALWAYS try to stick with sugars as the preferred sweetener as it is all natural and is the healthiest of all the sweeteners mentioned above.

Chewing Gum Ingredient #3: Flavorings

This is the ingredient that gives gum its unique flavor. For example, spearmint, peppermint, fruit, orange, etc. are all common flavors that one can buy at a local convenience store or gas station.

Chewing Gum Ingredient #4: Gum Base

This is the ingredient that makes your gum appear as a stick of gum. Without it, you will likely not have gum that is chewable.

So now that you have the 4 main ingredients to chewing gum, I would now like to tell you my little known trick to losing weight while chewing gum.

The trick is to chew gum after you eat a meal! So for example, after you eat breakfast and lunch, chew a piece of gum as you normally would. What studies have shown as well as my experience with using this method is that you are not as hungry and do not have the cravings that you normally would.

Now this trick may not work for you but I always carry gum with me and chew it after a meal and it has proven to keep my appetite in check. However, the results are not so drastic that you will lose 10 pounds in a month but it can help to prevent any unnecessary snacking that can kill your weight loss progress.

Important Note: As a reminder, always try to purchase gum that has all natural ingredients. If some ingredients are synthetic, it will not make a huge difference but just be conscience of this and look for the all natural ingredients I mentioned above for the best options.