Wednesday, May 31, 2023


You’ll be surprised by these 5 ways to use chewing gum in or around your RV

It wasn’t allowed in school, yet the underside of every desk contained some! What’s that? Gum! What’s your earliest recollection of the sticky, chewy, wonderful stuff? Here are mine: First, every Sunday, on our way to church, my sisters and I would beg my mom for some gum. (Note: Dad never entered into these negotiations. Maybe because his go-to choice of “chew” involved tobacco!) In any case, Mom would hold us off until we were dutifully seated in the church pew. Then she carefully broke two pieces of stick gum in half and distributed one half piece to each of us. It wasn’t much to chew, but it kept us mostly quiet throughout the service.

My second gum memory involves Chiclets. Do you remember those little pieces of candy-coated gum bits? Again, as the family’s official “Gum Gestapo,” Mom was in charge. The Chiclets package of chewy delights always resided inside Mom’s purse. When she deigned to give in to our begging for it, we received one piece. Just one Chiclet. I remember envying a friend whose mom gave him three pieces at a time. Three! But lest you think my mom was anything less than loving, one time on the way home from a doctor visit she gave me two whole Chiclets. (I think it was because I kept crying over getting a shot, but I could be wrong.)

Gum from Mexico – a special treat!

Finally, my third gum memory: My uncle and aunt returned from a trip to Mexico. MEXICO!(NOBODY I knew from my small Iowa community traveled farther than Nebraska!) Anyway, my uncle brought back a “little something” for my sisters and me. Mexican gum! While my sisters tore into their packages, I waited, savoring the moment. A whole package of gum (from MEXICO!) was mine. I couldn’t wait to try it. I was sure it would taste exotic and amazing. But I decided to save it instead. I tucked it in my sock drawer, way in the back so my sisters wouldn’t find and swipe it. Every now and then I’d take the gum (from MEXICO) out, just to smell it. It was wonderful. Until one day it wasn’t. My child-brain told me that I’d probably sniffed all the good smells completely out and should really try a piece. What a letdown! It was like chewing cardboard. (Mexican cardboard, but still…) I ended up throwing it away, though not before attempting to trade the package for my little sister’s Chiclet. (She refused.)

It’s National Chewing Gum Day!

Today, September 30th, is National Chewing Gum Day. Really! To celebrate, let’s take a look at how you can use recycled bubble gum (or, as my uncle used to call it: ABC gum – Already Been Chewed.) These uses may be unusual (and possibly border on “eww”), but remember that they are recommended for emergency use and not intended as permanent solutions to your sticky problems.

How to use chewing gum around the RV

• A piece of chewing gum can temporarily fill in a small crack or missing piece of RV caulking. (Keyword: temporarily!)

• Use chewing gum to fix your eyeglasses. That plastic lens that continually pops out can be held in place with a small piece of gum. The gum should hold things together until you can get a permanent fix.

• Don’t risk spilling dirt or water in your RV. Let chewing gum come to your rescue! Chewing gum will fill a crack in a ceramic or terracotta flowerpot. As it dries, the gum will harden and form an effective, temporary fix.

Fish bait?

• You may not believe this (and I’d have to try it to believe it myself), but many people who fish for crab and/or catfish claim that if you chew gum just enough to make it soft, you can use it for bait! Evidently, these creatures are drawn by the smell.

• You can use chewing gum to retrieve something that has dropped down your RV sink drain, too. Grab a skewer from the BBQ drawer and stick a fresh piece of ABC gum on one end. Poke the device down the sink so that the gum sticks to the dropped item, and carefully pull it back up.

So … in honor of National Chewing Gum Day, tell us your favorite chewing gum of all time. Don’t forget those by-gone flavors: Black Jack, Chu-Bops, Big Buddy, Beeman’s, Black Cat, Teaberry, Clove, and more! And do you have any good chewing gum stories? Tell us about them.

Get some nostalgic chewing gum on Amazon.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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1 year ago

I made the mistake of giving my 4 year old son some gum. We went to the movies. I bought popcorn and had long forgotten about the gum. I shared the box with him. Several hours later, I discovered where the gum went. He had stuck it in his ear. (Maybe thinking he would save it for later) yuck! What a mess and job getting it all out. He may still have some in there. That might be why he doesn’t hear me when I ask him to do a chore around the house. I am sure he uses the tried and true method of putting under the seat now.

Lorraine' B
1 year ago

Don’t let it lose its flavor on the bed post overnight though.
(Dating myself I know)

Karel Carnohan
1 year ago


Megan Edwards
1 year ago

Used it once to plug a hole in a canoe. It lasted three days to finish the trip.

Thom R
1 year ago

In Seattle there is a Gum Wall. People stick their ABC gum on it. Every few years the city cleans it off and it starts over.
One local TV talk show host took a dare and touched his tongue to it…Eeeww…

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

My fifth grade teacher would take the gum right out of your mouth and fold it tightly in the collar of your shirt. She wouldn’t say a word. She’d probably go to jail these days . . .

1 year ago

Looks like there are a few of us who chose Juicy Fruit! Yum gum! I also liked Beemans but when I found it recently, it did not taste the same (more bland). For bubble gum, I was all about Double Bubble!!

1 year ago

We had a sadistic gym teacher who, if you were caught chewing gum in her class, would make you put the ABC gum in the pocket of your gym suit, which was already a miserable thing to wash and iron. She would squish the gum firmly into your pocket. Then you had the joy of explaining to your mother why laundering it was going to be especially awful that week.

1 year ago

Childhood memory of chewing gum – by the networks
ABC – Already Been Chewed
CBS – Chewed By Someone
and my favorite:
NBC – Never Been Chewed

Stay safe, Joe

1 year ago

Supposedly Juicy Fruit gum can be used to get rid of moles. Just drop a tiny piece in each mole hole, they eat it, and it kills them. I havent tried it myself, but when we got them in our yard a few years ago, I used a bait that did kill them.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Moles are meat eaters as in grubs, worms, etc. The gum thing is an old wives tale.

1 year ago
Reply to  Crowman

Not sure what I would call grubs and worms, but “meat” is NOT the term I would use? 🙂

1 year ago

As a child, my favourite gum was Thrills. Yup, tasted like soap. I loved it!! It is still available today, but not everywhere. Haven’t yet had a strong enough desire to relive that part of my youth. Might pick some up for the grandkids, though.

Bob P
1 year ago

I have chewed Juicy Fruit many years, I keep a pack in the truck and when I start yawning from boredom or sleepy I chew a stick, no more yawning.

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