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Removing Sticker Residue

It is so frustrating trying to remove sticker residue from your purchases or elsewhere around your home. This is a guide about removing sticker residue.

Solutions: Removing Sticker Residue

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Tip: Use a Steam Iron to Remove Stickers

How many of you moms out there have spent entirely too much time trying to remove stickers that have been stuck on every surface in the entire house by your ornery toddler? Hold onto your bonnets, ladies! You ready? Use the steam from your iron to remove any type of sticky sticker off any surface!

Fill your iron chuck full of water and turn the heat and steam on High. Let it get good and hot, then hold your iron upright or over your sticker nightmare and start pressing that steam button as fast as you can. In seconds, the entire sticker can be lifted off with absolutely NO residue left on the surface.

May all of you sticker-removing mommies sleep better tonight knowing that at least one toddler mess can be cleaned up with ease.

By April from Albany, GA

Tip: Remove Sticker Residue With Peanut Butter

Don't you find it annoying when you buy something and when you try to remove the label it leaves a greasy or a sticky substance on the item? Well if you don't have any goo begone, just smear a gob of peanut butter on it. Take a paper towel and rub, turning the paper towel often as it removes the sticky substance. No more sticky substance on it. It really works. I just did this on a jar, removing what was left of the price tag!

By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

Tip: Removing Sticker Residue from Glass

Don't you just hate it when you get something new made of glass with a sticker on it. You remove the sticker, but it leaves a sticky goo like substance on it. Problem solved! Just put some rubbing alcohol, mineral oil, or nail polish remover on a cotton ball or paper towel and rub it. The residue comes right off. So easy!

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Tip: Lighter Fluid for Sticky Stuff Removal

Lighter fluid for cigarette lighters (Ronsonal, Zippo, or store brand) is wonderful for removing sticky stickers or labels. It even works on fabric! Just a little bit will dissolve the messy sticky residue.

I had gotten some quilt squares on sale and left them in my car during 100 degree weather. Needless to say, the labels were sealed to the fabric. I had used the lighter fluid on solid objects and figured what could I lose. It works wonderfully. I just had to rinse out the fabric and I was so happy.

Just remember, no smoking during use.

Source: Used this at my job at Amber Unicorn used bookstore to remove labels from book dust jackets and paperbacks.

By Terry from Goodsprings, NV

Tip: Mayo for Removing Labels from Jars

Soak the jar and, after removing label, add a dab of mayonnaise. Let it set a few minutes, then rub. The glue will come off with no effort.

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Tip: Removing Glue Residue

You probably won't believe it (I didn't at first), but the best thing I know to remove sticky residue from labels and tags is fly spray! Yep, your everyday, garden variety fly spray. Spray some on a paper towel and rub the sticky area (it takes a little work). If it is particularly stubborn, spray it directly onto the area and leave a few seconds before working on it. You may need to do it a couple of times, but I haven't found one yet that didn't come away. This works on glass, ceramic, china, etc.

By Sue from Palm Beach, Queensland

Tip: Using Hand Sanitizer For Sticky Residue

You know how you peel off a sticker and it leaves behind the sticky glue? I used Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer and it works great. I put some on and spread it evenly throughout the surface then let it sit for 20-30 minutes. I just rubbed and the glue came off in clumps. It didn't make anything change colors so it works perfectly!

By Petey from MI

Tip: Careful With Goo Gone on Leather

I bought a pair of Lilly Pulitzer sandals that had sticker residue on the leather insoles. I used Goo Gone and it removed the gold lettering also and also left a blotched area. I have used Goo Gone in the past with great success, but I would not recommend using it on leather.

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Tip: Removing Glue Residue From Pots and Pans

Removing glue used for labels from cooking pans. I tried everything. WD40, mineral spirits, nail polish remover, dish detergent poured directly on the glue, nothing worked. I even tried leaving it on for several minutes. Then I tried mineral oil, rubbed it with terry toweling and within seconds it was off!

It's such an easy solution it's probably been found before. I just happened to decide to try whatever I had on hand because I was getting frustrated at not being able to get the glue off.

By Cbreeez from Ontario, Canada

Tip: Use Goo Gone to Remove Sticker Residue

To remove price stickers, bumper stickers, or glue residue try using Goo Gone. I have found it to be the best, fastest, and will not damage. I even used it on t-shirts and jeans after I removed a stick-on label and it left a glue residue. It works great on plastic and glass. I always keep a bottle on hand. It can be purchased at many hardware, discount, and major stores.

Source: This is my own idea after trying different products and other suggestions.

By Linda from Arlington, Texas

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Questions

Here are questions related to Removing Sticker Residue.

Question: Sticker Residue on a Photo

I was looking at some pictures i found in my purse last night, and the one with my daughter holding my great nephew (2 months old at the time) has some sticky paper residue on it, possibly from a sticker from my Dd (5 years old). I was wondering if there is a way to remove this without ruining the picture? Thank you for all responses. I would really hate to throw this one out.

jmz2005 from illinois


Most Recent Answer

By Janette01/22/2014

The absolute best product to use and will not damage photos is a product called Un-DU. You can get it in craft stores uisually in the scrapbooking section. I have also found it at Lowes. This amazing product will also remove dried hot glue where the glue was not meant to be. ou just have to try it. Hope this helps (I know it will).

Question: Removing Sticky Residue from Name Tag on Leather Jacket

I have a square of whitish sticky residue on a black leather coat left after removing a name tag from it.
Does anyone know how to get that off without damaging the leather?

By Eleanor G


Most Recent Answer

By decline_tostate11/12/2013

For leather I use this stuff called SofSole Leather Lotion that I buy from DSW.

Question: Clothing Label Left Sticky Residue

I bought a girl's polyester vest and the manufacturer had put their brand sticker on the front of the vest. It has left a sticky circle approximately 1.5 in diameter. How can I remove the sticky patch without damaging the vest?
Thank you.

By Judy


Most Recent Answer

By ShirleyE10/11/2013

Not sure if it will ruin the fabric, but nail varnish remover is usually good for getting rid of stitcky stuff.

Question: Removing Sticker Residue on Inside of Shoe

How do I remove the sticky residue left from a sticker on inside of shoe, under my heel? It is leather, so I don't know if I can use Goo Gone. When I walk, one heel sticks and makes noise every time I take a step. Very frustrating!

By Christine K.


Most Recent Answer

By Janette10/25/2013

The absolute best product to use is called Un-Du. Goo gone does not work as well. Un-du will remove chewing gum like magic. It will unstick pictures that are stuck together and not harm them at all. It removes postage stamps if you make a mistake addressing the envelope and when Un-Du dries the stamp will be sticky again and ready to use. You can buy this product in craft stores and I have even dseen it at Lowes. Forget the other adhesive removers. They do not work like Un-Du works. One more thing...Un-Du does not leave a mark. It disappears when it evaporates. I put some on the label,peel it off or add a little more then when label or sticker is gone I put some on a rag and wipe off the sticky residue. You might have to repeat a couple times. Hope this helps.

Question: Label Adhesive on Metal Surface

How can I remove left over label adhesive? I have washed in hot water, gently scrapped, and used rubbing alcohol. What do I do?

By Pat


Most Recent Answer

By Frugal Sunnie04/22/2013

Try using an acetone based nail polish remover and a cotton ball. Paint thinner or mineral spirit will also take the label adhesive off of a metal surface.

Question: Removing Sticky Label Residue from a Mirror

I bought a large wall mirror and after removing the label there's a sticky residue that I can't take off. I tried alcohol and nail polish remover. Thanks

By Letty


Most Recent Answer

By Cynthia06/27/2011

Try GooBGone. Works for me.

Question: Removing Sticky Name Tag Residue on Jacket

How do I get sticky backing from a name tag off a jacket? The material is like vinyl/leather.

By Ray F.


Most Recent Answer

By beechiegirl195306/06/2011

So as not to take any chances with damaging the appearance of the jacket, take it to a local dry cleaner and ask their advice, or to a western clothes store where they sell such items.

Question: Removing Sticky Residue

How do I remove the sticky glue from labels placed on containers?

By Curtis from Valley Mills, TX


Most Recent Answer

By LeeAnne6711/11/2013

If I have something that is extra tough to get off, I squirt lighter fluid on it and let it set for a few minutes. It's amazing how quickly and completely it works. It's something that my grandmother used years ago and I still use occasionally. It works great for getting Bandaid sticky off skin. Of course you have to be careful not to use around an open flame and be sure to be in a ventilated area.

I know some people will raise all kinds of concerns about it, but you just have to use your head and be careful. You only need a small amount, not the whole bottle!

Question: Removing Sticker Residue

I would like to know how to remove glue left on silverware, such as knife/fork from the sales tag.

By Patricia from Buffalo, NY


Most Recent Answer

By Christina08/10/2010

Goo-Gone works very well on this. Follow the directions and your problem should be history.

Question: Removing Sticky Label Residue on Clothes

Does anyone know how I can remove the label glue from the inside of my shoe without ruining the material? Ross sticks their price tags on the inside of the shoe and I've peeled it off and attempted to get all the glue, but the glue inside still sticks to the bottom of my foot. Actually it's a sandal type shoe so I'm barefoot when wearing these shoes. Any suggestions?

By Diane from Sacramento, CA


Most Recent Answer

By Vin 04/15/2010

Try rubbing an ice cube on it. This works in getting candle wax out of fabric. It works on some types of glue. If not, I would try a little alcohol on a cloth.

Question: Sticker Residue on Leather

I need help with the removal of sticker residue on a black leather couch.

By Sandy from Kansas City, MO

Question: Sticker Residue on Satin Placemats

How do you remove gummy residue left after removing price tags from satin placemats? Thanks in advance.

Yvonne from El Paso, Texas


Most Recent Answer

By Kevin (Guest Post)12/20/2008

There are several things that work well. Test first in a hidden part. White spirit is good to remove sticky residue as is eucalyptus oil but this will also leave an oily spot. One other way is to use another sticker to help lift off the residue.

Question: Sticker Goo From Name Tags On Shirts

My daughter came home recently with name tags on her t-shirt from a school project. I assumed she'd removed them before washing & drying however I just noticed the sticker goo is still on the thin t-shirt fabric. How can I safely remove this from these brand new shirts?

Melissa W.


Most Recent Answer

By terry04/26/2005

I had the same problem a while back, only with a pair of soft cotton knit pants. I figured that I'd use my Goo-Gone to get the stuff off, and if it messed up the pants, it didn't matter since I wouldn't wear them the way they were. The Goo-Gone worked great and didn't leave a trace of itself on the pants. I've also tried lighter fluid when I ran out of Goo-Gone, with equally good results.

Archives

Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

Archive: Sticker Residue on Leather Shoes

How can I remove sticky label residue off leather? My new leather shoes had a paper label inside, on the leather insole, with the sale price on, but when I tried to peel it off it has left a really sticky patch. The leather is soft, almost like nubuck and very pale colour

Gailsmum from UK


RE: Sticker Residue on Leather Shoes

There is a product called "Goo Gone", you can usually buy it at a hardware or department store, it will remove any residue, anything sticky, even wax without hurting the material. I use it for removing anything sticky. (09/07/2006)

By Karen

RE: Sticker Residue on Leather Shoes

I agree... Goo Gone. It's great and good in your situation since the goo is on a surface that doesn't show. (09/11/2006)

By Claudia _MD

Archive: Removing Sticky Residue

To remove sticky residue left after removal of a sticker on a product, rub some vegetable oil on the spot, let it sit for an hour, and then wash with hot soapy water. There's no need to buy expensive removers like GOO Be Gone. By Barbara Hauser


RE: Removing Sticker Goo

If the sticker was on something that you don't want to use oil on try putting in the freezer, in fact....put into the freezer before peeling the sticker..let it freeze completely, peel off. (07/27/2004)

By Diamondee

Removing Sticker Goo

To remove leftover sticky stuff from stickers, simple use a little babyoil. By Renee V (07/11/2005)

By ThriftyFun

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

Rubbing alcohol also works for removing adhesive residue, in case you don't wish to use oil on a particular object. (07/12/2005)

By P.

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

That is a great idea. I must say that Goo Gone is not expensive considering a little goes such a very long way. Sometimes paying for something that lasts and lasts is a real value also.

By the way, the product also works great if you happen to have a little person who has gum in their hair! (07/12/2005)

By Patti

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

Thanks so much for the tip. I have some containers that came with chicken salad or potato salad in them originally. I love to use them for storing leftovers in, however, I have never been able to completely get the stickers and the sticky off. You can bet I will be trying this one out. Thanks again. (07/17/2005)

By

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

That works great! Santa brought us a new Power Wheels car with a HUGE sticker on the front windshield and your solution worked like a charm. Thanks a bunch. Kip (12/24/2005)

By

remove goo

Thanks it worked great on the goo stuck to my mirror from a fly trap (12/09/2006)

By Ec

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

I sometimes use a squirt of aerosol hairspray, deodorant or fly spray. Leave for a minute or two and viola the sticky stuff comes right off. You could also try some eucalyptus oil if you have any. (12/09/2006)

By K from Oz

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

For some reason, Axe deodorant works perfectly. Just spray on the affected sticker gunked area and let it sit for 10 seconds. Then wipe around and wait. Works nicely. (12/15/2006)

By Fellow Traveler

RE: Removing Sticker Residue of a delicate shoe

I Use hair spray or Tinacin(foot & sneaker deodorant). After the sticker is out and leaves some residue, put some oil (I used anti frizz oil - for hair) and scrub with your finger nail. (12/28/2006)

By Sol

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

I removed a "caution, hot surface" sticker that was meant to stay on the top of my new stainless steel toaster oven for its lifespan. I tried most of the things I found on this site, but for this stubborn residue that was designed to endure heat, I used peppermint oil (didn't have eucalyptus). Seeing that this left a strange haze, I put hot water on a rag to remove any traces of peppermint oil, wiped the surface dry and then polished it w/ Noxon metal cleaner. (01/01/2007)

By Veronica

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

Pam or any non stick cooking spray works instantly at getting off sticky residue! (01/23/2007)

By ah

RE: Removing Sticker Residue

I just used nail polish remover. There was glue residue from the high chair pad that collected food. I cleaned as much off as I could with warm soapy water and high pressure garden hose. Then I rubbed what was left with nail polish remover. Worked like a charm.(quote)(/quote) (03/22/2007)

By nancy

Archive: Removing Sticky Residue

I am removing contact paper from my kitchen cabinet shelves and it is leaving a sticking residue. What can I use to clean this sticking residue off?

Thank you.

Susie from Fernandina Beach, FL


RE: Removing Sticky Residue

WD 40 will remove sticky gunk. (08/06/2007)

By kladybug

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

WD 40 or Skin So Soft (08/06/2007)

By lavonneann

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

My daughter had a binder that she couldn't get the sticker residue off. So I just used baby oil. It works like a charm! (08/11/2007)

By MIss Cutie

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

I have usually used nail varnish remover to remove sticker residue but tried your tip and used deodorant. It easily removed the residue, that alcohol and vegetable oil could not, from the lid of an aquarium. (09/18/2007)

By Steve from the UK

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

Dish soap works well. (11/28/2007)

By

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

I tried oil and it didn't work at all, WD-40 did the trick. It leaves a bit of a smell though. (01/03/2008)

By daniel

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

Just used nail polish remover on my $200 wallet. I was scared at first, but it worked amazingly. Thank-you (01/24/2008)

By emerly

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

Toothpaste works rather nicely as well. Just removed a sticker from the top of my TV, put some toothpaste on it, and it slid right off! (02/10/2008)

By Bryan

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

Try lighter fluid!(03/04/2008)

By J.R.

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

Goo Ggone works like a charm. (06/07/2008)

By Tammy

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

Tried everything to remove a dang manufacture sticker for my TV. Toothpaste worked the best. (06/11/2008)

By brittney

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

WD 40 & a Soft Toothbrush did the trick. It required a bit of effort, but it worked! Definitely use a all purpose cleaner afterwards followed by a few wipes with damp cloth. Thanks for the hints, someone has gotta tells these companies to find a better way to attach warning notices. Way too much work! Ciao~ (07/08/2008)

By Yankee Mark

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

I used Mennen's deodorant to remove a sticky substance from the back of my telephone. We had used duct tape to tape a phone number to the back of the phone and when we removed it, the entire phone was a sticky mess. The deodorant removed it immediately. (07/11/2008)

By Elaine

RE: Removing Sticky Residue

After reading some of these I tried toothpaste as that is all I have on hand currently and it worked great! Took it off like a charm! (07/21/2008)

By Katie