Removing Iron On Labels?

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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January 13, 20161 found this helpful

That only made it more adhered. :(

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November 3, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you! That worked perfectly for me! Brilliant!

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March 15, 20180 found this helpful

Worked perfectly for Girl Scout patches

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December 30, 20190 found this helpful

It just made it worse

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March 2, 20200 found this helpful

We really wanted to donate our mothers good clothes. We didnt want to marker out the name, couldnt get it off with sharp knife etc.


In the end we used a nail file / emery board file for nails , can be bought at dollar store. It worked SO EASILY !

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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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July 22, 20150 found this helpful

I have tried every suggestion listed here (e.g., hot iron, Goo Gone), in addition to paint thinner and even gasoline. Nothing has removed this damn iron-on patch.


I even stopped by my local cleaners to see if they had an idea or industrial-strength adhesive remover I could buy. Nope. Does any1 have any other suggestions?

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June 21, 20160 found this helpful

There is a product called Mess Master you can buy at Michaels craft stores. It runs about $6.00_$7.00 dollars a can but a can lasts you forever . Just spray it on there and take one of those scouring pads that you used to scrub pans with ,not the kind with any soap, just the plain scouring pad. the square ones that are really thin. The glue will come off beautifully. It has a bit of a smell so you want to wash it afterwards but it works great. You can use it on your Hands after getting paint on them and all fabrics or other surfaces it takes stick on lettering off of surfaces to , it's a great product

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

how to get off an iron on patch after ironing it on the wrong side of fabric ?

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