Removing Iron-On Labels and Patches

March 1, 2010

American flag patch on a sleeve.I bought my husband a dress shirt at Goodwill. It's in perfect shape, but I discovered there is a strange iron on label inside the collar. It's like paper, but it's tough.


I have tried Goo Gone and fabric softener. I have tried heating with the iron. I have tried plain water. I even tried digging it off with a flat screwdriver, but it isn't even fazed. I am at a loss as to how to get it out. Does anyone have any ideas of what would work? Thank you.

By Ruth from Hawthorn, PA


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March 2, 20104 found this helpful
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Easy Instructions. Things You'll Need:

Ironing board
Cloth or parchment paper

Step 1) Place the garment with the iron-on label on an ironing board, with the label facing up. Turn your iron on to the highest setting.

Step 2) Place either a thin piece of cloth or parchment paper over the label.

Step 3) Apply heat to the cloth or parchment paper over the iron-on label for 10 to 15 seconds.


Step 4) Carefully remove the cloth or parchment paper and immediately pull the corner of the label. The label will be hot; consider using a knife to slowly peel back the label.

Step 5) As the label cools, stop peeling and repeat. You may need to steam it off with a damp cloth.


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March 3, 20101 found this helpful
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I see that you said you tried an iron, if you try the method "kffrmw88 " suggested and it doesn't work, you may have to put a softer label over the top. Perhaps a dry cleaner would have a suggestion also.

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March 10, 2018

I have a number of pieces of clothing from my mom that don't fit her anymore. I would like to recycle them. She has iron on name tags on them from the nursing home.

Does anyone know how to remove these tags, without damaging the material?


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March 10, 20181 found this helpful
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Put wax paper right over the patch, then iron it (on high) for 10 seconds or so. Begin peeling the patch off.

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November 8, 2006

In order to get out of sewing about 25 patches/badges on my daughters Jr Girl Scout Vest, I used something called "Sew No More" which was recommended to me by my aunt. I, of course, put them all in the wrong spots! I tore one of the patches off and there is now a shiney dried glue spot in the shape of the patch.

Does anyone know if this stuff washes off the material? On the tube it says it is washable, but that is when the patches are on. I dont want to rip off all the patches and be left with a bunch of shiny spots all over it. Any advise before I end up having to buy her a new vest?

Kim from NJ


By Grandma Margie (Guest Post)
November 9, 20060 found this helpful

I would take a scrap of fabric that is similar in weight and texture (maybe denim) and do a "test" patch with another scrap of fabric. Let it dry like you did on the vest and then tear it off like you did on the vest. Try some different products on the test "glue patch". I'd try rubbing alcohol, or acetone nail polish remover or a product called "oops" (found in the painting supplies at WalMart). You may need to moisten it and then scrape with your fingernail to remove it. Hope something works for you!


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November 11, 20060 found this helpful

I would like to know where you bought the 'Sew No More'.
I have some patches I need to put on a denim jacket.
...and good luck on finding a way to remove the shiny spots.

November 12, 20070 found this helpful

is this like the no sew hem its like white cloth tape you use to hem pants with an iron if so when i wanted to lower my hem i had to carefully peel it off

By jessica (Guest Post)
December 31, 20070 found this helpful

I added some sequins to a top. I used sew no more the sequins are falling off now and all I have is lots of dots of shiny dried glue. I need to get it off! Do you really think that the nail polish remover will work?

October 9, 20170 found this helpful

I would use Goo Gone on the sticky patches. You can get it at Bed Bath and Beyond.

March 9, 20180 found this helpful

You can buy it at Wal-mart

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January 28, 2014

I found two nice, almost new shirts that have a tag with the name of the previous owner on them. They are unobtrusive and seem to have been added by a dry-cleaner, but I would prefer to remove them. Do you know how?

By Tom


February 16, 20143 found this helpful

I have work uniforms from Cintas. I no longer work at the company from which I received them. They are nice and universal for any new job; painting, pressure washing, etc., any General Labour. So I need to remove the company name and leave my name. So I tried ripping them off and just put a giant hole in one of them shirts.


So I did some looking and alcohol was something I had read to use. Sure enough, it loosened the patch enough for me to pull off. I put it on a cotton ball and rubbed on the back on the patch. And v'wwahla

June 30, 20160 found this helpful

Really? Just plain old rubbing alcohol worked on your professionaly done uniforms? I need to do that to my husbands work shirts.

June 24, 20170 found this helpful

Must depend on fabric cause alcohol didnt. work

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November 15, 2010

How do you remove adhesive patches from jeans?

By J from Mesa, AZ


July 3, 20131 found this helpful

Here are my personal tips on removing iron ons.
-Dissolve the transfer adhesive using rubbing alcohol.
-Iron the clothing under a piece of parchment paper.


-Wet the transfer and then iron it off.
-Peel the transfer away with your fingernails.
-Wash the clothing to remove any remaining bits of glue.

Other tips:
-A Teflon-coated iron works best for the parchment paper method.
-Use Goo Gone if the iron-on does not come off.
-Combine several of the methods above if desired.

For more information about iron ons and patches, you can visit.

February 1, 20160 found this helpful

I just removed an iron on label with the alcohol and then ironing it with a hot hot iron and it worked great, the label came off eventually pulling at it, thanks

April 3, 20220 found this helpful

l tried the hot irin and it did lossen the edges then l used alcohol based hand sanitzer and rubbedit in around the edges and pulled it right of

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May 18, 2005

I am trying to remove a professionally ironed on applique from a burgandy cotton shirt. Any suggestions?



By Anna (Guest Post)
May 19, 20050 found this helpful

You may have tried this, but just iron it loose yourself, on the reverse side of the shirt. Put some old cloth over the cloth of the shirt, exactly on the reverse side of the applique, so that you don't burn the shirt, and iron away on high. The glue will soften and then you can pull away the applique. I have used this technique with some success. The problem is that sometimes there are stubborn remnants of glue.


Normally those too can be lifted by putting the old cloth directly on top of them, after you take away the applique, and continuing to iron. The glue will melt even more and be absorbed by the old cloth.
The temp. of the iron should be high to work through the glue, so be careful and watch out for burning.

August 4, 20160 found this helpful

Try this. It does NOT WORK

January 31, 20170 found this helpful

Used a hairdryer on high/hot setting. Held it to back of appliqué that had been put on school uniform shirt professionally. It was off in five seconds!

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May 29, 2020

How do I remove the vinyl imprint from a shirt? I did an iron on transfer and didn't like how it looked. I have removed the vinyl and the adhesive is gone, but I have the imprint left.

Any suggestions on how I can get rid of the imprint without buying a new shirt?


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May 30, 20200 found this helpful

I'm not sure you can. Especially if it's a heat transfer thing, it will just have indelibly damaged the fibres of the garment and not easy to remove.

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March 2, 2015

How do I remove professional paint on logos?

By Pat from Baltimore, OH


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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

You could try rubbing alcohol, a toothbrush and a dry sponge. The video is here.

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December 18, 2014

I had some pjs personalised for my nephew, they arrived and the name was spelled wrong. They are a Christmas present and I need a solution to remove it quickly as the company has a no returns policy on personalised products. Please help.

By Emma


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December 18, 20140 found this helpful

Can't help on the removal but, if the company made the incorrect spelling mistake then they are responsible. Return and request a correction or a refund.

September 12, 20170 found this helpful

They should take them back if they made the mistake in spelling. Any reputable company would

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May 11, 2019

How do I remove iron-on transfers?


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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

You should be able to by heating the garment in the dryer, putting a solvent on, and peeling the transfer off. Instructions are here.

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November 18, 2011

My son just got back from a field trip that was 2 hours away and he bought a nylon drawstring bag. The decal or silk screen is starting to peel off in 5 or 6 places already. Is there any way to reattach the print? It looks like new, not all wrinkled up. Thanks for any help.

By jill


December 24, 20110 found this helpful

Use fabric glue. You can get it at the craft stores. Get a small inexpensive flat brush also to paint the glue on the back side of the decal, attach back onto the nylon bag and secure with tape till it drys.

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October 21, 2011

I have a cloth type jacket and I want the decal taken off. How can I do this?

By Nancy


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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

By decal, you mean a patch or logo on the article? If so, you cannot really remove it without it showing. The best thing to do is to buy another one to go over it or make your own. You can buy fabric that meshes to fabrics together with an iron so that would be how you make your own.

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October 11, 2010

How do you remove a decal from a polo shirt?

By Jackie from Fall River, MA

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September 21, 2016

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September 4, 2010

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April 25, 2010

How can you remove a burned on iron-on? It is burned onto a pair of shorts.


December 19, 2009

I recently bought some shirts at a yard sale that had glued on decals. How can I get them off? I tried nail polish remover, but it didn't work.


July 15, 2009

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