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March 8, 2011

How can I get a sticker off plastic?

By LaDonna from OH


March 8, 20110 found this helpful

I use my sister hair dryer, not too hot. Just lightly blow on the stickers with the warm air until the glue gets soft and pull firmly but gently. That will get stickers off most things.

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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

Another way is to put oil on the sticker and let it soak. The oil will soften the sticker so you can peel it off. The key word is soak. So dap some oil on the sticker and let it set. You may have add more oil after a while.

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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

Goo gone will take it off. A tiny bit works on all glues.

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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

I use WD40. Saturate the label with the WD40 that has been shaken up well. Let it soak in a few minutes and you will see that it will easily scrap off with your finger nail. I use this all of the time in fact I just did use my WD40 this way this morning. You will be amazed at how much a simple can of WD40 can and will do for you I know I was.


Good luck and keep us informed on what you end up doing with your problem.

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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

Yes Goo Gone works great. They have a new one now called Goo Gone Extreme for really hard to remove stuff. Might as well get it up front and you're covered.

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March 9, 20111 found this helpful

Soak in the hottest water possible that is safe for the plastic and it will peel off. For the residue either use peanut butter rubbed in and rinsed off or sometimes I use the sticky side of packing tape going over it the sticky tape will pull the glue up. Also have found recently that magic eraser cleaners will also take it off. Hope this helps.

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful

I too, suggest Goo Gone. You can buy it at Dollar Tree.


Works great on a lot of things and always good to have around. A bottle will last quite awhile.

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful

@paula jo carr
Amazing! I Googled this and the stickers were on an old mobile phone so wasn't about to soak anything. Just sprayed a bit of WD40 on it and Bang! The stickers were gone! Required a bit of rubbing with a cloth and peeling with my fingers but the phone looks like new and works mint. What can't this magical spray do?

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful

I desperately need to know how to remove the price tag stickers from plastic. I read a couple of feedbacks in regards to lighter fluid. Is that safe for plastic?

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January 6, 20110 found this helpful


I desperately need to know how to remove the price tag stickers from plastic. I read a couple of

feedbacks in regards to lighter fluid. Is that safe for plastic?



Removing Stickers from Plastic

I had used lighter fluid for years and it does work. But in my quest to use and keep less chemicals in my

house I now just let them soak in hot soapy water. If it's furniture you can use a sponge to keep it on

the surface. (07/27/2004)

By Vicki

Removing Stickers from Plastic

W-D 40 in a can is the only way to go. I keep a can under my sink for just such instances. In the event

you don't have a can of WD-40 in the garage, vegetable or baby oil will work also. Just cover the

sticker with any of the 3, and let sit for a time. The sticker should peel right off! (07/27/2004)

By Lisa

Removing Stickers from Plastic

Nail polish remover (with acetone) will work. (07/27/2004)

Removing Stickers from Plastic

You can use baby oil or even peanut butter. (07/27/2004)

By Ann

Removing Stickers from Plastic

I use a product called GOO GONE. It's a citrus based product, made by Magic American Corporation. Just


pour a little on the sticker let it set for a moment and rub with a rag in a circular motion and stickers

and left over glue come right off. (07/27/2004)

By Laura

Removing Stickers from Plastic

All those things work, but the safest thing I've found is Avon's Skin so soft. It works on any surface and

it won't smell bad or discolor the plastic. I've even used it to remove pin stripping from a car! My

husband tried Goo Be Gone and it removed the paint and it took him hours. I did it when he was at work

and it took 15 minutes. He was amazed! Hope this helps. (07/28/2004)

By Toni

Removing Stickers from Plastic

I use lemon oil to remove stickers or any type of gummy glue. (09/08/2004)

By Diana

Removing Stickers from Plastic

Lighter fluid is the best thing I have found, it even gets the label off of prescription medicine

bottles. (09/08/2004)


By Carol Smith

Removing Stickers from Plastic

Rub with a soft cloth and turpentine. (03/18/2007)

By Carol Churchill

Removing Stickers from Plastic

You can buy a product called Goof-Off which will remove all types of sticky stuff. If you get sticky

stuff on your clothes try De-solve-it. This will also take out grease spots like if grease splatters on

you while cooking.

Good luck. (07/28/2007)

By Michelle Cole

Removing Stickers from Plastic

To be safe, do NOT use lighter fluid as it may affect the colour of the plastic. It doesn't happen

always, but who wants to risk it.

You need something greasy. I am allergic to peanuts so I used Nivea Cream. Anything oily will

penetrate the paper and dissolve the glue. The thicker and glossier the paper, the longer you need to

leave it. Rubbing helps. (05/16/2008)


Removing Stickers from Plastic

I couldn't find peanut butter at home, so I tried ordinary butter, and it worked like magic!
Simply leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe it off with a dry kitchen towel. If the surface is oily

or smells buttery, just wash it with soap and it'll be 100% perfect! (07/15/2008)

Removing Stickers from Plastic

Heat it up with hair dryer, then peel. WD-40/Goo-Gone/alcohol/nail polish remover if needed to remove

annoying residue. (10/23/2008)

By pdogg

Removing Stickers from Plastic

Butter and peanut butter are messy. WD40 smells and requires a good washing after. What worked best for

me was lock de-icer that I use on my car when locks freeze up in winter. You don't have to leave it on

long and the goop comes right off. (12/15/2008)

By Sergio

Removing Stickers from Plastic

If you don't have WD-40 on hand, Tilex works as well. I used just a little bit and with minimal

scrubbing, the sticker residue came off immediately. (03/02/2009)

By Tori

Removing Stickers from Plastic

The best thing I have found for removing stickers from anything is mineral spirits, and the only side

effect I have found is the smell, I've used it on plastic, hardwood floors, fabric (backseat of car), and

painted walls, with no ill effects. My husband uses it for cleaning tar off of the car and for cleaning

his metal hand tools. (03/17/2010)

By Dixie

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