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.
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. :-)