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.
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
How do I remove the sticky glue from labels placed on containers?
By Curtis from Valley Mills, TX
April 13, 2015
I used J & J baby body wash, let it soak over night. The labels came off but not the glue. I used Land of Lakes butter
with Canola Oil as a ingredient, smeared it on the lids on the glue areas and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then ran water on the lid and used a paper towel to wipe it off and all the glue was gone and no scratches. I could not see where anything had ever been on it (crystal clear). I was amazed and believe if I had used the butter in the beginning label and glue would have come off in one easy procedure. Hope this helps!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
By patricia 1
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
August 10, 2010
Goo-Gone works very well on this. Follow the directions and your problem should be history.
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.
By Petey 1
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
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
January 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).
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.
April 26, 2014
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. :)
By punki 1
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.
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
April 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.
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.
How do you remove gummy residue left after removing price tags from satin placemats? Thanks in advance.
Yvonne from El Paso, Texas
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
December 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.
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
By Icelander 1
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?
By eggoodwin 1
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.
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 ray 1
How do I get sticky backing from a name tag off a jacket? The material is like vinyl/leather.
By Ray F.
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?
April 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.
I need help with the removal of sticker residue on a black leather couch.
By Sandy from Kansas City, MO
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
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)
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
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
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)
To remove leftover sticky stuff from stickers, simple use a little babyoil.
By Renee V (07/11/2005)
Rubbing alcohol also works for removing adhesive residue, in case you don't wish to use oil on a particular object. (07/12/2005)
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)
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)
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.
Thanks it worked great on the goo stuck to my mirror from a fly trap
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
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
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)
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)
Pam or any non stick cooking spray works instantly at getting off sticky residue! (01/23/2007)
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)
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?
Susie from Fernandina Beach, FL
WD 40 will remove sticky gunk. (08/06/2007)
WD 40 or Skin So Soft (08/06/2007)
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
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
Dish soap works well. (11/28/2007)
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)
Just used nail polish remover on my $200 wallet. I was scared at first, but it worked amazingly. Thank-you (01/24/2008)
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)
Try lighter fluid!(03/04/2008)
Goo Ggone works like a charm.
Tried everything to remove a dang manufacture sticker for my TV. Toothpaste worked the best. (06/11/2008)
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
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)
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)
I have a glue stain on a leather jacket from a "Hello my name is" sticker. Removing the sticker left a white glue stain.
Sue from Ottawa, ON
Simply wet a tissue with alcohol and wipe off the sticky. This works on anything and is easily done not to mention more cost effective then buying something to use. Good luck! (01/12/2007)
By Paula Jo Carr in Mebane, NC
I put a "Hello my name is" sticker on my leather jacket for a Halloween party, and someone at the party told me it would take off some of the leather.
Fortunately, my hubby suggested using a hairdryer the same way people do to take off bumper stickers. Beautiful! It worked perfectly and didn't leave any residue. ~2 minutes (if that) and I was done! (11/02/2008)
By Jennifer in CT
Hand Sanitizer is great for removing glue and such off your hands, price stickers off glass, etc. We found this out when my mom was in the hospital and had a lot of bandage and tape remnants on her arms and hands. The gluey stuff just rolled right off. It works great!
By Tammie from Moody, AL
I wish I had known this when I got out of the hospital a few years ago! It was awful! Do you know if it will take the glue off the cover of a book. I hate how it leaves the residue, and when you try to clean it, it just smears. It ruins the book jackets! I guess I should have said the glue from the price stickers! Duh. :) (07/11/2007)
I would probably test a very small area on anything that is porous to make sure color is not removed along with the glue. (07/12/2007)
I need to remove sticker residue from my leather jacket. I forgot to remove a name tag after a conference and when I finally remembered it was there, the sticky backing stayed. Any ideas on what I can use that won't harm my leather?
Susan from New Jersey
Use WD-40. Spray on, let it sit a couple of minutes and rub it off with a slightly rough cloth (an old washcloth is perfect for this). (02/17/2009)
By Jean from Raymond, MS
Without thinking I placed a visitor tag on the front left side pocket of my husband's camel color nubuk jacket. I felt horrible after he was so concerned about me having to go up north on an emergency trip without a warm coat. But, thanks to you guys and goo gone, I made good and returned the jacket as he lent it to me. Thanks again.
I was hesitant to use it out of fear of it leaving an oily residue. But low and behold I saved 50 bucks (dry cleaning cost) and kept the peace with my hubby, he'll be keeping me warm for years to come. (02/18/2009)
By GOO GONE BELIEVER
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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I don't know if I'm in the right category, I couldn't really find one that fit. I went to a yard sale and bought a really cute pair of shoes. I don't think they're leather, but I'm not sure what they're made of. They stuck a price sticker right on one of the shoes. When I pulled it off, there's a sticky residue there, any tips on any cleaning solutions that work well for getting sticky residue off stuff? Thanks!
Stacey from Eagle Mountain, UT
Try a little WD-40 on it. (08/12/2008)
I use WD-40 to remove sticky stickers. (08/12/2008)
Any kind of oil will take it off. Cooking oil, baby oil, spray Pam; anything like that. It will also remove labels and the residue from jars, etc. Just rub it in until the stuff comes off. There's a product call Goo-Gone that works but oil is cheaper. (08/12/2008)
By Nancy Wall
A bit of alcohol should work. (08/12/2008)
I also use Pam, just spray and let it sit a few minutes. Wipe with soapy cloth. Repeat if necessary. It's easy and works great! (08/12/2008)
I bought my granddaughter a top at a yard sale, brought it home to wash it, took the sticker off, and the sticker residue came right off with Goo-Gone. After washing, there was no residue from the Goo-Gone or the sticker. I have used Goo-Gone on many surfaces, it is a staple in my cleaning bucket. (08/12/2008)
The one thing that no one mentioned, which I have had great success with is----peanut butter. Work it into the sticky spot, let it sit for a few minutes and use a paper towel to wipe it off. Any oily residue can be removed with a little hot water. If you want to remove a sticker, the best thing is to use your blow dryer to heat it up first. This helps to remove it more cleanly in the first place. I think that this is a GREAT SITE. There is nothing like personal experience for really good advice. Thanks to everyone! (08/13/2008)
Try using a little rubbing alcohol on the place where the sticker was. Take a soft cloth and alcohol and rub gently over the sticker residue. It will not hurt the shoes. Hope this helps. (08/13/2008)
By Leila Reinerman
I use saddle soap to clean shoes, boots. Saddle soap will prevent athletic shoes like Nike, New balance, etc. from cracking. (08/13/2008)
I bought a nice pair of shoes from TJ Maxx, but as everyone knows, they put their price stickers right on the shoe. After trying every single home product like nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol and cooking spray, nothing worked. Surprisingly, I took an eraser and erased it right off. Do not use other products. They may take the polish or finish off whatever the sticker is on. The eraser worked perfectly. (08/14/2008)
De-Solv-It works great. Available at Walmart. (08/23/2008)
Skin-So-Soft by Avon, or baby oil removes sticky stiff. (09/05/2008)
I had a sticky pen (from a price sticker I pulled off). I tried the Pam suggestion: I sprayed canola oil spray on it, left it sitting for about five minutes, then put it under the faucet for a second, then wiped it off. Good riddance! (09/06/2008)
Eraser works. When it looks like it's just smearing, use a rag with soap and water and wipe it off and repeat with eraser. It worked for me on a glass surface. (12/16/2008)
Thanks Marie for the Skin-So-Soft/Baby oil tip. It works well! (01/31/2009)
How do I remove sticker residue?
By onetigger67 from OK
Use W-D 40 it takes the sticky off of anything. (07/08/2009)
Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Goo Gone is a good product with a nice orange scent. (07/08/2009)
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)
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)
Lighter fluid (07/21/2009)
Is there a homemade remedy for removing sticky residue (eg, cello-tape) from hard surfaces?
By Barbara from Calpe, Spain
Read the Archives at the bottom of this page. (07/06/2010)
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)
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)
Peanut butter. Leave on about an hour and wipe off. Should work. (07/08/2010)
Use a solvent like mineral spirits or lacquer thinner.
Nail polish remover works too. (07/08/2010)
I use baby oil on wood pieces or even olive oil will work; otherwise rubbing alcohol will do a decent job. (07/08/2010)