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Removing Adhesive Residue on Skin

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Medicated patches, adhesive tape, etc. can leave sticky, hard to remove, residue on your skin. This is a guide about removing adhesive residue on skin.


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By 7 found this helpful
May 4, 2011

I have been using spray adhesive for some different crafts lately. I have noticed once it gets on your hands, it is stuck quite well. You can't use rubber gloves, because all you'd do is stick to your project.

Last week, I had been working on a project using spray adhesive. When I went to scrub my hands I couldn't get it off. I used Dawn dish detergent and a scrubby pad, but I still had quite a bit of residue. I found a bottle of lotion and liberally added it to my hands and rubbed it in for about a minute. I washed and rinsed my hands and the residue was gone. Finding this little remedy after battling to get it off made my project much more enjoyable.

By gem from VA

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November 26, 20160 found this helpful
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Mineral Turpentine gets it straight off without much rubbing

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By 7 found this helpful
June 23, 2010

Recently I read on this site that Caress soap keeps mosquitoes away, so I went out and bought the bar soap and bath gel. Forget it, it doesn't work on the mosquitoes in Houston! But I started using the bath gel and noticed something unusual. I have to wear trans dermal patches and they're forever leaving adhesive residue marks on me. Well Caress took care of that problem faster than rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, Goo Gone, or Citri Solve ever cleaned that adhesive from my body.


Today I was cleaning and I've had a piece of either PVC or Scotch tape on the window over my kitchen sink that I haven't been able to remove for months, even with rubbing alcohol, etc. listed above. I used Caress bar soap with warm water on a rag, and it worked like a charm, quickly removing the plastic tape part first and then the adhesive - and it left no residue. It's almost a little unnerving to think that something you use to clean yourself also takes adhesive off glass, Oh Well! I'm excited that I found a new way of doing things.

If you try it, would you please post your results? Because I'll bet Caress, bar or gel, will remove grease and oily things too - carpet, clothing, axle grease, cooking grease, spray on degreaser, etc. Maybe I'll even try using some gel to wash my tile floors that give me fits. I'll definitely try the bar soap on stains on my laundry. Will experiment and let you know!


By metroplex from Houston, TX

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By 1 found this helpful
October 11, 2011

I had some surgery on a toe and had to use a latex free bandage to wrap it. When I removed the band-aid, I got some of the residue on my thumbnail. I decided to try a drop of baby oil and it came right off.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 29, 2010

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


March 31, 20102 found this helpful
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I've used hand sanitizer to remove glue residue. It works really well.

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March 31, 20101 found this helpful
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Skin friendly baby oil, mineral oil, and even vegetable or olive oil and, as already mentioned, use a cotton ball ;-)

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May 13, 20100 found this helpful
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I use either non acetone nail polish remover or Goo Gone.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 8, 2018

I use a V-Go insulin pump and it sticks to me using adhesive, but I can't get the adhesive residue off my skin which is making my skin extremely irritated and itchy. I have tried the normal alcohol and finger nail polish remover. All of which burn or irritate more. I want to try and stay away from harsh chemicals. Thanks.


May 9, 20180 found this helpful

Try an ice cube to freeze it, and then pick it off gently. Don't leave the ice on too long.

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

Try rubbing coconut oil over it then putting a warm compress on it for several minutes.

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

I would try coconut oil, olive oil or even hand cream.

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

What about ice? Just leave it on a second or so

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

A thin layer of old fashioned vaseline may help. Let it sit for a few minutes then apply a warm wash cloth and gently try to remove the residue.


Cover the skin that had the residue with Neosporin if you have redness of the skin after the adhesive is removed. Call your doctor immediately if the redness persists or feels hot.

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