Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
How can I get a sticker off plastic?
By LaDonna from OH
I use my sister hair dryer, not too hot. Just lightly blow on the stickers with the warm air until the glue gets soft and pull firmly but gently. That will get stickers off most things.
Another way is to put oil on the sticker and let it soak. The oil will soften the sticker so you can peel it off. The key word is soak. So dap some oil on the sticker and let it set. You may have add more oil after a while.
Goo gone will take it off. A tiny bit works on all glues.
I use WD40. Saturate the label with the WD40 that has been shaken up well. Let it soak in a few minutes and you will see that it will easily scrap off with your finger nail. I use this all of the time in fact I just did use my WD40 this way this morning. You will be amazed at how much a simple can of WD40 can and will do for you I know I was.
Good luck and keep us informed on what you end up doing with your problem.
Yes Goo Gone works great. They have a new one now called Goo Gone Extreme for really hard to remove stuff. Might as well get it up front and you're covered.
Soak in the hottest water possible that is safe for the plastic and it will peel off. For the residue either use peanut butter rubbed in and rinsed off or sometimes I use the sticky side of packing tape going over it the sticky tape will pull the glue up. Also have found recently that magic eraser cleaners will also take it off. Hope this helps.
I too, suggest Goo Gone. You can buy it at Dollar Tree. Works great on a lot of things and always good to have around. A bottle will last quite awhile.
@paula jo carr
Amazing! I Googled this and the stickers were on an old mobile phone so wasn't about to soak anything. Just sprayed a bit of WD40 on it and Bang! The stickers were gone! Required a bit of rubbing with a cloth and peeling with my fingers but the phone looks like new and works mint. What can't this magical spray do?
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
I desperately need to know how to remove the price tag stickers from plastic. I read a couple of feedbacks in regards to lighter fluid. Is that safe for plastic?
I desperately need to know how to remove the price tag stickers from plastic. I read a couple of
feedbacks in regards to lighter fluid. Is that safe for plastic?
I had used lighter fluid for years and it does work. But in my quest to use and keep less chemicals in my
house I now just let them soak in hot soapy water. If it's furniture you can use a sponge to keep it on
the surface. (07/27/2004)
W-D 40 in a can is the only way to go. I keep a can under my sink for just such instances. In the event
you don't have a can of WD-40 in the garage, vegetable or baby oil will work also. Just cover the
sticker with any of the 3, and let sit for a time. The sticker should peel right off! (07/27/2004)
Nail polish remover (with acetone) will work. (07/27/2004)
You can use baby oil or even peanut butter. (07/27/2004)
I use a product called GOO GONE. It's a citrus based product, made by Magic American Corporation. Just
pour a little on the sticker let it set for a moment and rub with a rag in a circular motion and stickers
and left over glue come right off. (07/27/2004)
All those things work, but the safest thing I've found is Avon's Skin so soft. It works on any surface and
it won't smell bad or discolor the plastic. I've even used it to remove pin stripping from a car! My
husband tried Goo Be Gone and it removed the paint and it took him hours. I did it when he was at work
and it took 15 minutes. He was amazed! Hope this helps. (07/28/2004)
I use lemon oil to remove stickers or any type of gummy glue. (09/08/2004)
Lighter fluid is the best thing I have found, it even gets the label off of prescription medicine
Rub with a soft cloth and turpentine. (03/18/2007)
You can buy a product called Goof-Off which will remove all types of sticky stuff. If you get sticky
stuff on your clothes try De-solve-it. This will also take out grease spots like if grease splatters on
you while cooking.
Good luck. (07/28/2007)
By Michelle C.
To be safe, do NOT use lighter fluid as it may affect the colour of the plastic. It doesn't happen
always, but who wants to risk it.
You need something greasy. I am allergic to peanuts so I used Nivea Cream. Anything oily will
penetrate the paper and dissolve the glue. The thicker and glossier the paper, the longer you need to
leave it. Rubbing helps. (05/16/2008)
I couldn't find peanut butter at home, so I tried ordinary butter, and it worked like magic!
Simply leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe it off with a dry kitchen towel. If the surface is oily
or smells buttery, just wash it with soap and it'll be 100% perfect! (07/15/2008)
Heat it up with hair dryer, then peel. WD-40/Goo-Gone/alcohol/nail polish remover if needed to remove
annoying residue. (10/23/2008)
Butter and peanut butter are messy. WD40 smells and requires a good washing after. What worked best for
me was lock de-icer that I use on my car when locks freeze up in winter. You don't have to leave it on
long and the goop comes right off. (12/15/2008)
If you don't have WD-40 on hand, Tilex works as well. I used just a little bit and with minimal
scrubbing, the sticker residue came off immediately. (03/02/2009)
The best thing I have found for removing stickers from anything is mineral spirits, and the only side
effect I have found is the smell, I've used it on plastic, hardwood floors, fabric (backseat of car), and
painted walls, with no ill effects. My husband uses it for cleaning tar off of the car and for cleaning
his metal hand tools. (03/17/2010)