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When Marnie Pollock discovered that her 3-year-old daughter Aria had pinched a pack of chewing gum from her handbag and had a sticky mass of it in her hair, she was afraid she'd have to shave her daughter's head.
The gum has worked its way into Aria's baby-fine hair, creating a stubborn wad that was impossible to comb out.
Desperate to find a solution, worried Marnie turned to Facebook for help - and was flooded with advice that peanut butter works miracles for getting stubborn gum out of locks.
"I posted on the Facebook Group 'Mums Who Clean', asking for advice on how to get the chewing gum out of her hair," Marnie told Tyla.
The comments began to roll in - and one unexpected remedy was a firm favourite among fellow parents.
"I had lots of comments saying, 'peanut butter'," said Marnie.
Willing to try anything, the Aussie mum applied two generous spoonfuls to the gum-affected area.
She then left the nutty spread to absorb for two minutes, before gently combing it through the length of Aria's hair, and then washed the hair as usual.
"It works immediately once the peanut butter is on," explained Marnie. "You just comb it through and then wash hair as normal."
Thankfully, the clever hack removed all trace of the gum from Aria's hair, and her locks were left in perfect condition.
There's a science behind why the simple store cupboard remedy works so well.
Peanut butter is crammed with fatty oils which coat - and soak into - the hair and gum, loosening the sticky substance from the dry lengths and making it much easier to carefully comb out.
Genius! We bet a lot of parents will be turning to this home hack from now on.
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