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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.
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August 30, 2012

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 wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful
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It worked fabulously, thank you.

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May 13, 2009

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!

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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

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January 21, 2014

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!

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July 17, 2011

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.

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By Sue from Palm Beach, Queensland

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May 16, 20081 found this helpful

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.

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December 5, 2014

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.

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I have successfully used this method for removing two sided tape from metal and also sticky residue from labels.

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May 10, 2010

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.

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April 24, 2013

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.

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June 6, 20161 found this helpful

This is a guide about cleaning glue residue from pots and pans. Label glue is often difficult to remove.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

Sticker or label adhesive can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing sticker adhesive from fabric.

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

Size and price labels on clothing can leave sticky residue that can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing sticker residue on clothing.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about removing sticker residue on leather. Keep the color and texture of your leather unchanged when cleaning sticker residue.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about removing sticky label residue on clothing. A sticker on new or old clothes can leave a residue that can be a challenge to remove.

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September 9, 20140 found this helpful

This is a guide about removing sticky residue from name tag on leather jacket. Name tags, often worn for business functions can leave sticky residue on leather jackets.

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May 9, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about cleaning sticky residue from a mirror. Cleaning sticky residue from a mirror can be trying.

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October 25, 20110 found this helpful

This is a guide about cleaning sticker glue from wood furniture. Whether its from a price tag or your child decorating it, sticker glue can be tough to remove from furniture.

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It is important to find the right method to remove the glue so that you don't damage the wood.

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January 2, 2011

How do I remove the sticky glue from labels placed on containers?

By Curtis Wiethorn from Valley Mills, TX

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January 2, 20110 found this helpful

Fingernail polish remover, any generic brand! Douse a cotton ball (or two or more - whatever it takes) and scrub, scrub, scrub the label and container.

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Works almost every time on glass and most plastics. Use a tad of "Dawn" dish washing liquid detergent and a scrub pad to clean up any straggler evidence of glue or paper. Good luck. :-)

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May 24, 2009

How do I take a sticker off a window?

By nancy from MI

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

I've had good luck with a product called Goo Gone. It sells in a small bottle, maybe 8 ounces, and can be purchased at places like WalMart and Lowes.

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

http://www.magi  com/googone.aspx

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

W-D 40 spray it on and scrub it off. Works every time with very little effort.

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

I have heard using a hairdryer on the sticker will lift it right off.

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

Fingernail polish remover and some elbow grease.

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May 25, 20090 found this helpful

Forgot to say a razor blade helps too.

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September 13, 2006

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

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By Marilyn (Guest Post)
September 14, 20060 found this helpful

There is a product called UN-DU that is acid free & safe for photo's and most any surface. It will remove any stickers including postage stamps. It can be purchased at Walmart or any craft store.

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May 13, 2017

I bought some nice clear plastic insulated mugs at a garage sale with a price sticker on the top where you would put your mouth to drink. I soaked them in warm soapy water and the label surface came right off, but there is a film and fine residue that won't come off. What you do suggest?

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August 5, 2010

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

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July 30, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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December 10, 2008

How do you remove gummy residue left after removing price tags from satin placemats? Thanks in advance.

Yvonne from El Paso, Texas

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By learning2bthrifty (Guest Post)
December 12, 20080 found this helpful

Next time use a hair dryer. the heat will keep the glue on the sticker. Sorry, no info for this time around... salad oil works on non-porous items.

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By Kevin (Guest Post)
December 20, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

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 Pat

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

To get gooey stickers off glass, use a little lighter fluid and then scrape with a razor blade.

Kelly

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Gooey Stickers off Glass

I just saw your idea for using lighter fluid and razor blades to remove stickers from glass. I have something a lot safer and easier. If the glass can be put under running warm water put one drop of dish detergent and a little baking soda on the sticker. Rub the sticker off with a damp rag. Rinse off the glass under warm running water. The baking soda won't scratch the glass. I make homemade hurricane lamps and use this method to remove price tags from the glass globes and candle holders.

Mechele from Renick, Mo. (01/21/2004)

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Thrifty Tips for the Week of 1-23-2004

Here's another tip for removing price tags on glass items. If you don't need to use the glass immediately, put anything oily on the sticker. This will loosen the glue and make it easy to wash off. You can use cooking oil or shortening (such as Crisco). I even use peanut butter. Let it sit for a while, then wash off with warm water and a soft cloth. Repeat if necessary. (01/23/2004)

By Liz Pudas

Thrifty Tips for the Week of 1-23-2004

I am a user of lighter fluid in place of the expensive "Goo Gone" and similar products. There is no need to use a razor blade. Just use a little patience. I wanted to use a covered pie pan from the grocery store deli to hold candy for a Valentine. It had a label on the clear plastic lid that was about 4 inches in diameter.

I squirted it with lighter fluid and let it set about 5 minutes. The entire label lifted off in one piece. I then washed the lid with hot soapy water and it left not a trace of label or glue. Lighter fluid, unlike oil, can be used to remove labels from magazines or that stamp that you need to put on a different envelope. It evaporates completely without a trace once you lift of the label.
(02/18/2004)

By Harlean

Gooey Stickers off Glass

I sprayed an old cologne all over the sticker and let it soak through for a minute or so and then I started to peel from the edge and it came off very easily. Cologne is mostly alcohol I believe. All the best.
El (04/17/2006)

By Elliot

Gooey Stickers off Glass

Selsun blue works, as well. (12/25/2006)

Gooey Stickers off Glass

Windex works really well really fast and is a lot safer and more convenient than a lot of other options. It really came in handy for those annoying price stickers that they use at stores for glass products. (12/24/2008)

By Windexisgod

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