Removing Sticky Residue?

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. 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. :-)

January 3, 20110 found this helpful


January 3, 20110 found this helpful

Try De-Solv-It.

January 3, 20110 found this helpful

I usually run the container under hot water for 4-5 minutes then use a sponge with some dish soap to help work off the rest of the sticky residue. Always works for me.


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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

WD-40, Oops or GooGone

January 6, 20110 found this helpful

Get a little peanut butter on your finger and rub it into the sticky residue. The oil in it will break up the glue, then you can just wipe it off with a paper towel. Hope this helps. :c)




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January 6, 20110 found this helpful

If it's a container that will hold food again, I wouldn't use a chemical. I have taken the paper part of labels off then spritzed the remaining gook with cooking spray and let sit overnight. The glue sort of melts.

January 6, 20110 found this helpful

How about steel wool and hot water?

January 6, 20110 found this helpful

I use a product called "Goo Gone", you spray it on and wipe it off (sometimes I use a plastic scrubber to help).

January 7, 20110 found this helpful

Put peanut butter on the label. Wait about an hour and then it will be easy to scrape it off as the peanut butter loostens the glue because of the oil in it. Won't harm the product either. Got this hint on BHG Tv show.

January 28, 20110 found this helpful

I use a damp Mr. Clean extra strength Magic Eraser and it works like a dream!

November 3, 20110 found this helpful

I'm sorry but i tried all the above remedies not one of them worked, after almost giving up (Had a large pesky leftover sticker residue on my road bike helmet) i tried getting out my Calvin Klein Obsession aftershave, two squirts, 3 seconds later on a 4"x2" hard residue, it wiped off instantly. so all of you scratching your heads try it out with any good quality aftershave (not the cheap watered down stuff).


M.L (11/4/11)

November 24, 20110 found this helpful

I had a sticky residue on our walls from a sticker/border I had to pull off to paint. After trying every liquid in the house I thought I would try something dry and it really worked. I used baby powder first but changed to baking soda. The baking soda is more abrasive so it worked much better. I just put some in my hand and rubbed it on the wall. It stuck to the sticky stuff and then just rubbed off. Now to vacuum and because I used baking soda the room will smell better too.

November 29, 20120 found this helpful

I have found a drop or two of vegetable oil works great for removing sticky residue. Let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe off.

January 14, 20130 found this helpful

You could use vegetable or any cooking oil. That works excellently. Remember the basic chemistry behind it - Like dissolves Like. The grease is non-polar so it requires another non-polar solvent to dissolve and get rid of it. Since we are dealing with cooking utensils here, it is advisable to use a non-polar solvent that is also edible.


Use cooking oil on that bad boy and send it back to it's mama!

November 11, 20130 found this helpful

If I have something that is extra tough to get off, I squirt lighter fluid on it and let it set for a few minutes. It's amazing how quickly and completely it works. It's something that my grandmother used years ago and I still use occasionally. It works great for getting Bandaid sticky off skin. Of course you have to be careful not to use around an open flame and be sure to be in a ventilated area.

I know some people will raise all kinds of concerns about it, but you just have to use your head and be careful. You only need a small amount, not the whole bottle!

April 13, 20150 found this helpful

I used J & J baby body wash, let it soak over night. The labels came off but not the glue. I used Land of Lakes butter
with Canola Oil as a ingredient, smeared it on the lids on the glue areas and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then ran water on the lid and used a paper towel to wipe it off and all the glue was gone and no scratches.


I could not see where anything had ever been on it (crystal clear). I was amazed and believe if I had used the butter in the beginning label and glue would have come off in one easy procedure. Hope this helps!


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