Any suggestions regarding the removal of adhesive residue left behind when removing transdermal pain patches? I have been using Soft Soap with pumice like auto mechanics use for their hands, but that does not always remove all the adhesive residue without an extreme amount of scrubbing.
Thanks for any advice.
By Stewart R. from Buffalo, NY
I've used hand sanitizer to remove glue residue. It works really well.
Skin friendly baby oil, mineral oil, and even vegetable or olive oil and, as already mentioned, use a cotton ball ;-)
Cotton ball was not big enough as my husband was using a large gauze pad and had a lot of tape residue for a burn injury. We used a hand towel and olive oil and Vaseline body gel oil, both worked great! And both were in my cabinets!
I use either non acetone nail polish remover or Goo Gone.
Unsafe: Petroleum based products, acetone
Safe: "The Best Cleaner Ever" from ScraPerfect is my recommendation!!
Effective is essential. Safe is also. Easy to clean off the remover is another consideration as is not drying or irritating the skin.
Is is the same kind of residue that is left like from a band aid? Usually any kind of oil works on that. It dissolves it rather than scrubbing it off. Baby oil, mineral oil or even veg cooking oil from the kitchen will work. It works best if you can rub it in or even let is set a few minutes. You probably would want to make sure to get the oil off your skin with some soap after or your next patch might not stay stuck; if you have to put them in the same spot that is.
Other suggestions that might work would be rubbing alcohol. That might be drying to the skin if you have to use it often. Or make a paste of baking soda with a bit of water but that again would be scrubbing it off as opposed to dissolving the adhesive. Good luck to you!
This link recommends using mineral oil.
Goo Gone could also work. Dollar store might carry it. There are Adhesive Removal pads, individually wrapped like alcohol pads, which pharmacy may carry.
Baby oil and a cotton ball. Cheap and cheerful! You can get both at dollar stores. Just put a few drops of the baby oil on a cotton ball and rub the adhesive away. I've used this myself when I tried the patch for smoking. Also works great for bandaids, gum in hair, duct tape. Well, you get the idea.
I use Avons skin so soft.
Peanut butter and any vegetable oil should both work.
Wow! So many solutions for such a "sticky situation"! Thank you everyone for your input. We tried the hand sanitizer yesterday and it worked quite well. Seeing as how we have numerous bottles of that stuff around the house, I think that is the way we are going to proceed.
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Try using baby oil. Apply a few drops to the sticky area and rub it in. The residue will roll up / off. It's all I have ever used. Good luck.
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