Bear treated himself to chewing gum at the shop. I was less than impressed. Chewing gum has traditionally not gone well. However bear is now ten and as long as he stuck to the rule of always wrapping the chewing gum in a paper tissue before throwing it out, I let him be. This is after several unpleasant incidents where bear threw chewing gum at a bin, thought it had gone in but actually it had missed with unpleasant consequences.
Today bear was chewing gum, blew a bubble and it popped over his chin, where it stuck. Bear looked like he had a very prematurely grey fuzz goatee. He saw my expression and went to the bathroom to wash it off. Soap and water isn't very good at getting chewing gum off the chin of a ten year old, so bear gave up and wiped his face on my new towel, the one that is supposed to get fluffier with each wash and is coming along nicely. The one that now has an intractable strand of chewing gum stretched across it.
I'm checking on the internet for the 'how to get chewing gum out of towels' hints. The trouble with those hints is a lot of them are hype, some are wishful thinking and most of them have been repeated for years whether they work or not. I know about freezing the chewing gum, but there isn't room in the freezer for a bath towel. Peanut butter has been mentioned as a good way of dealing with chewing gum, but I think that will be a trial to get out of a towel. I think the cooking oil method would be worse!
I looked at my friend eBay for commercial products to remove chewing gum. Most of them cost more than the towel. I'm considering cutting it down for facecloths.