I love reusing containers when I can, but removing the stickers from all those boxes and jars can be a huge pain! Store-bought sticker and gunk removal products are generally pretty effective at removing any leftover sticker gunk, but they can be expensive. And who knows what kind of ingredients are in those things? But the good news is that you can effectively remove stickers and sticker residue using things you probably already have at home! Today I’ll be sharing 10 different household items you can use to help you remove stickers so you can put those containers to good use!
The great thing about having 10 different options for removing stickers is that you can use what you have, rather than needing to make a trip to the store. And some methods work better on certain types of stickers, so you may want to try a few different methods if the first one you try doesn’t work out. But before I get to the list, I want to talk about the why they work.
The Principles Of Sticker Removal
The basic principles behind sticker removal are oil, scrubbing, and time. Applying oils or fats to a sticker will soak into the sticker and dissolve the stubborn adhesive. Scrubbing with abrasive ingredients or sponges can be an effective method for sticker removal, too. And finally, time is a big factor too. When using a method where something is applied to the sticker, you need to allow it plenty of time to work its magic (at least 30 minutes, I’d say).
Okay, now let’s get to that list, shall we? :-)
10 Ways To Remove Stubborn Stickers/Sticker Residue
Removing sticker residue is easy using one of these household items:
- Washing Soda
- Peanut Butter
- Hair Dryer
- Pencil Eraser
- Baking Soda & Coconut Oil
- Razor Blade
- White Vinegar
1. Washing Soda
Soaking an item with washing soda has been my go-to method of sticker removal for several years now. It’s easy, clean, and you can do several containers at once. You can get all the details on this method at the link below.
2. Peanut Butter
The fat content in peanut butter is very effective at dissolving sticker adhesive. Just smear a thick layer across the sticker you want to remove, and let it sit for an hour or so. After the wait, you should be able to wipe the sticker and adhesive right off!
3. Hair Dryer
If you have a hair dryer at home, use it! It’s one of the easiest and cleanest ways to remove a sticker from almost anything. Just turn the hair dryer on, hold it close to the sticker, and keep it in place for about 30 seconds. The sticker should peel away easily! (If it’s still giving you trouble, try another 30 seconds of heat.)
4. Pencil Eraser
If you’ve removed the paper part of a sticker but can’t get the adhesive residue off, grab a pencil eraser! The grippy rubber will help drag the adhesive away from the surface, so you can scrape it off more easily.
Alcohol is another item that effectively dissolves sticker adhesive. You can use several different alcohol-based products for this purpose, including cheap vodka, rubbing alcohol, and nail polish remover.
Soak a paper towel in your alcohol-based product of choice and wrap it around the sticker you want to remove. Let it sit for a half hour or so, then wipe the sticker and adhesive away.
6. Baking Soda & Coconut Oil
This combination packs a powerful punch against stubborn stickers. The coconut oil saturates the paper and adhesive, which loosens it up, and the baking soda helps scrub the mess away.
The fats and oils in mayo make it a tasty condiment, and a surprisingly effective tool for removing stickers! Just spread a thick layer of mayo onto the sticker in question and let it sit for a half hour or so. Wipe or scrub the sticker away.
8. Razor Blade
If you’re looking for a manual method for sticker removal, a good old fashioned razor blade does the trick! Hold the blade at an angle and gently push it under the edge of the sticker. Keep pushing until you’ve removed a section, then repeat until the whole sticker is gone.
(This method can leave some adhesive residue intact, but you can remove that easily with any of the other methods in this post!)
WD-40 has gotten me out of some sticky situations in my life! (Pun intended.) This versatile lubricant can also help remove stubborn stickers. Spray it liberally onto the sticker you want to remove, and let it soak in for a while. The sticker should slide right off!
10. White Vinegar
Soak a washcloth in white vinegar, then wrap the cloth around the area where the sticker is. Let it soak for 30 minutes or so, and the sticker should slide off much more easily.