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.
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August 30, 2012 Flag

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!

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By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful
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It worked fabulously, thank you.

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May 13, 2009 Flag

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.

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By April from Albany, GA

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May 23, 20100 found this helpful

I tried this minus the steam, bad bad BAD idea. Use that steam.

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January 21, 2014 Flag

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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January 26, 20140 found this helpful

Thanks ladies for the other tips mentioned. Dorothy

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July 17, 2011 Flag

You probably won't believe it, 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.

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May 16, 2008 Flag

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.

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November 19, 2016 Flag

A leather suitcase with travel stickers.

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This is a guide about removing sticker residue on leather. Keep the color and texture of your leather unchanged when cleaning sticker residue.

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November 19, 2016 Flag

A man adhering a sticky name badge label to his dress shirt.

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This is a guide about removing sticky label residue on clothing. A sticker on new or old clothes can leave a residue that can be a challenge to remove.

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December 5, 2014 Flag

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Lemon essential oil removes sticky residues quickly and easily. Put 4 drops of the lemon essential oil onto a cotton ball. Hold the cotton ball onto the sticky residue for a couple seconds then rub in a circular motion until the residue is gone. I have successfully used this method for removing two sided tape from metal and also sticky residue from labels.

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May 10, 2010 Flag

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.

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June 6, 2016 Flag

Close up of racks of woks for sale.  You can see the sticker reflected from the inside of the pan

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This is a guide about cleaning glue residue from pots and pans. Label glue is often difficult to remove.

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April 24, 2013 Flag

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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September 9, 2014 Flag

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This is a guide about removing sticky residue from name tag on leather jacket. Name tags, often worn for business functions can leave sticky residue on leather jackets.

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May 9, 2013 Flag

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This is a guide about cleaning sticky residue from a mirror. Cleaning sticky residue from a mirror can be trying.

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January 2, 2011 Flag

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

By Curtis from Valley Mills, TX

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January 14, 20130 found this helpful

You could use vegetable or any cooking oil. That works excellently. Remember the basic chemistry behind it - Like dissolves Like. The grease is non-polar so it requires another non-polar solvent to dissolve and get rid of it. Since we are dealing with cooking utensils here, it is advisable to use a non-polar solvent that is also edible.

Use cooking oil on that bad boy and send it back to it's mama!

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November 11, 20130 found this helpful

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!

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August 5, 2010 Flag

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

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August 7, 20100 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol works the best! I was a dental assistrant for alot of years and adhesive on dental impression trays came off best with rubbing alcohol. (I tried alot of different adhesive removers.)

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August 10, 20100 found this helpful

Try, Peanut Butter, Baby Oil, Vegetable Oil or Goo Gone. They all work.

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July 30, 2013 Flag

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.

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October 25, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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April 26, 20140 found this helpful

I bought a pair of sandals that have that suede type fabric and right under my heels there were stickers that rubbed off, leaving a sticky residue. I read all over different methods so I started going down the list. First I tried letting peanut butter sit on it, then I wiped it away with paper towels (which didn't work) and then I tried wiping it with a cotton ball and it was still super sticky. Then I tried rubbing in all sorts of directions with 100% acetone nail polish remover and cotton balls again. Still it felt sticky to me.

So then I tried vegetable oil with cotton balls. I let it sit for a minute or so and then would rub in any direction where it looked like the suede was going different directions and the residue was lifting. In the end, I have the circular spots still there, but since they are sandals, I don't mind especially since they are dried and no longer sticky.

Just experiment a little with things that you know won't ruin the fabric in your shoes. :)

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September 13, 2006 Flag

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

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September 14, 20060 found this helpful

There is a product called UN-DU that is acid free & safe for photo's and most any surface. It will remove any stickers including postage stamps. It can be purchased at Walmart or any craft store.

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January 22, 20140 found this helpful

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).

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April 15, 2013 Flag

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

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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December 10, 2008 Flag

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

Yvonne from El Paso, Texas

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

Next time use a hair dryer. the heat will keep the glue on the sticker. Sorry, no info for this time around... salad oil works on non-porous items.

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December 20, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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January 2, 2011 Flag

Is there a homemade remedy for removing sticky residue (eg, cello-tape) from hard surfaces?

By Barbara from Calpe, Spain

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Removing Sticky Residue

Read the Archives at the bottom of this page. (07/06/2010)

By MCW

Removing Sticky Residue

I just discovered that Caress soap bar will dissolve adhesive.
In fact, last week I used some to remove Scotch tape from a window.
Wet a washcloth, make up a lather on the Caress bar and rub the adhesive spot. It even removed my adhesive medical tabs. No alcohol, nail polish remover, works a charm. Incidentally, I initially bought it because I read on this site that it keeps mosquitoes away. I was disappointed to find out it didn't, but am happy to find another way to use it. I bought the regular pink bar. The bath gel also works too to remove adhesive, but not to get rid of mosquitoes.

Good luck! (07/06/2010)

By metroplex

Removing Sticky Residue

If you happen to have any aerosol hairspray, this works efficiently and quickly. Just spray on and leave a little while, then wipe off. (07/07/2010)

By duckie-do

Removing Sticky Residue

Peanut butter. Leave on about an hour and wipe off. Should work. (07/08/2010)

By packlestax

Removing Sticky Residue

Use a solvent like mineral spirits or lacquer thinner.
Nail polish remover works too. (07/08/2010)

By kemperjl

Removing Sticky Residue

I use baby oil on wood pieces or even olive oil will work; otherwise rubbing alcohol will do a decent job. (07/08/2010)

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August 5, 2010 Flag

How do I remove sticker residue?

By onetigger67 from OK

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Removing Sticker Residue

Use W-D 40 it takes the sticky off of anything. (07/08/2009)

By SusLuvsVintage

Removing Sticker Residue

Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Goo Gone is a good product with a nice orange scent. (07/08/2009)

By OliveOyl

Removing Sticker Residue

When I get a picture frame with a price sticker on the glass I use plain old cooking oil on a paper towel and rub the area of sticky residue. Then when it is off I wash it with soap and water and dry to see if it is all gone for sure. Works on anything that is not going to be marred with oil stain. I have used it on some wood frames that had stickers on the back, lawn furniture, cookware, dinnerware, and flatware, also. Not recommended for clothing or anything fabric. (07/09/2009)

By itsagift

Removing Sticker Residue

There's a great product in Canada called "Goo Gone" you can buy it at hardware or department stores in the cleaner section. I removed really old decals off windows and doors successfully with it. (07/11/2009)

By gcdallaire

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Lighter fluid (07/21/2009)

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July 6, 2010 Flag
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May 10, 2010 Flag

I could not find my Goo Gone to get a price tag off of something. I used hand sanitizer and it came off quickly.

By Librasunshine from Owensboro, KY

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