How To Remove Sticker Goo!

Trying to get sticky stickers off of bottles and jars (and whatever else) is probably one of my TOP TEN pet peeves! Which is saying a LOT…because I have a LOT of pet peeves! (pumping gas, wearing a bra, carrying a purse….all come to mind! lol) But this is a SERIOUS one! I can’t tell you how much time and how many different methods, substances, etc. I have tried in my search for the holy grail of sticker goo removers.

Recently I came across this list on TipNut: 30 Helpful Items To Remove Sticky Adhesive Goo. As I perused the list…I counted at least 7 I had already tried…including…Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol, Windex, Baking Soda & Water Paste, Vegetable Oil / Olive Oil, and Tea Tree Oil.

I was immediately taken with this list…and ready to try every single idea (that I hadn’t already tried) on it! But, as I usually do, I had to read all 239 comments before I proceeded.  I’ve always maintained the best advice/info can be found in the COMMENTS on a particular post subject…on ANY blog…including mine! :-)

Well, one comment led to another, to another and what I kept reading over and over and over was PEANUT BUTTER! Peanut butter????? How can THAT be right???

Well, I was willing to put it to the test after reading so many glowing endorsements!

I started out with this pickle jar I had recently run through the dishwasher, hoping to get the majority of the sticker off that way.

As you can see, there was still a good amount of “goo” left. So I slathered that baby up and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Sure enough, the “goo” came right off with the peanut butter with minimal effort!

Impressive! Very impressive!  BUT….I had a “REAL” test in mind. If the peanut butter could pass THIS TEST….it was going to be for now and forever my one and only goo remover!

When I make my homemade laundry detergent…I like to put it in these Minute Maid containers. It’s really the only reason I buy this expensive juice every once in awhile. :-)  But the STICKERS they put on those things are a NIGHTMARE to try and get off! Actually the label itself comes off fairly easily if  you peel slowly and carefully…but the GLUE underneath is tough stuff to get off!!!  I honestly didn’t think the peanut butter could cut it.

I was wrong. I did the same slathering technique and waited 10 to 15 minutes and started scraping at the peanut butter/goo mess with my fingernails.  First peek….looks very promising!

Kept going, using my fingernails (didn’t have to scrape very hard) and then when I had most of the peanut butter/goo mixture off…I used some dishwashing liquid and a scrubby sponge to get the rest off and cut through the oily stuff.

Mission accomplished!

Since it IS plastic…it’s not CRYSTAL clear like the glass pickle jar was…but any cloudiness that was left behind was etched onto the plastic…there wasn’t a speck of GOO left on it!  It was clean and smooth as could be!

Bottom Line: hands down, #1 choice for getting sticker goo off of just about anything….Peanut Butter.  The best part about using peanut butter as a goo remover?  You can lick your fingers as you’re working…..and you get to make sandwiches with the leftovers. :-)

Print Friendly
Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter31Pin on Pinterest16.8kGoogle+0

Enjoy This Post? Never Miss Another!

Subscribe to Jillee's FREE email newsletter and receive more great tips and ideas!



  1. Angel Bell says

    Another “goo” remover that I love is WD40. That’s right. It removes the funk off of all my jars and it’s something that I always have around the house.

    • JKPP says

      Absolutely agree…I just recently discovered this too. I first try 91% alcohol and if that doesn’t work I go to the WD-40. I haven’t been able to figure out the difference in the plastics and which works for which type of plastic, but glass and WD-40 work good together. Then use some alcohol on a microfiber towel to remove the oilyness left behind from the WD-40.

  2. Regina says

    Spray ‘n Wash in the aerosol can will take goo off like magic. But it HAS to be Spray ‘n Wash in the aerosol can – the product in the pump bottle must be a different formula because it will not work at taking off goo. For years I always bought the aerosol can of Spray ‘n Wash to use on stains, just assuming that the unpleasant oder was something I had to live with. One day my daughter-in-law was at my house while I was doing laundry and told me her pump bottle of Spray ‘n Wash had a pleasant smell. Now I always purchase the pump bottle – maybe they don’t even make the aerosol can of it anymore. But I sure did miss having something to take off goo – until now. I will definitely be trying the peanut butter!

  3. says

    The reason behind this new-found Super Power must be the same reason why peanut butter is the Go To for getting gum out of hair.
    Incredibly useful tip! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kelsey says

    Hmm, I’ve been looking for a solution to remove old stickers from wooden furniture. I don’t think peanut butter would work very well on wood, but if it would (hah) let me know!

  5. says

    Thank you !!!!!!!!!!! My friend and I have been trying different methods to remove labels and none work , off to buy peanut butter !!!!

  6. says

    Wonderful! (Now what do you use those expensive orange juice containers for?)

    PS – Could you find a way to get the labels off the wine bottles intact? I like to keep a journal of which wines I like, and as I’m a visual person, the labels work much better for me than the written name. And wine labels are stuck on there really really well and glued everywhere; they come off in pieces, if I’m lucky, or just shred, if I’m not. Thank you.

    • Brenda says

      My husband saves the labels from different craft beers he drinks. The best method I’ve seen him use is filling the empty bottle with hot water and letting it sit for a while. The heat from the water should help the glue break down making it easier to peel off the label.

    • Lan says

      I’ve never dealt with wine bottles, but the oldest trick in the book to safely remove any kind of parchment glued onto another material (so that it comes off in one piece) is usually the ‘soaking in hot, soapy water’ trick.

      Try submerging the bottle in relatively hot water with a generous amount of dish detergent in it. After 1 hour and go check on the state. The label should simply slip off.

      I don’t know if this method will work for you, but do try it if you’d like.

  7. Heather A says

    hrmmm. wow, never heard of or tried this before! Cant wait to test it out on my old coffee cans in the morning!!!thank u for sharing! i love your site! its my go-to site for cleaning recipes!!!


  1. […] Hamilton Beach no longer puts the sticker on the product. If you’ve purchase on with one on it when removing very slowly. But if it still leaves adhesive use peanut butter to remove it. Yes… Creamy Peanut butter. (Check out this out, “One Good Good Thing by Jill Lee” on how to remove adhesive using pe…) […]