It’s official! I have finally won my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn over to the DIY cleaning solutions way of thinking! Yay! Thank you to whomever it was that wrote in asking for a DIY Goo Gone idea. I believe we have a new, life-long convert! (Now I need to work on Britta Marie!) ;-)
Take it away Kaitlyn……..
We here at One Good Thing by Jillee seem to have a fascination with getting sticky labels off jars and other containers! Or at least Jillee does. ;)
She has done three other posts about this very topic:
- A Super Simple Way to Remove Glass Labels from Bottles
- How to Remove Sticker Goo
- My Top Ten Repurposed Household Containers
Despite the fact that Jillee has covered this topic very thoroughly, I couldn’t resist trying out a DIY version of Goo Gone when a reader emailed us about it. The other main methods Jill has used involve smothering the offending sticky spot in peanut butter or soaking the jar in water and washing soda. Although both of those methods have proven to be very effective, I know there are certain situations where they just won’t work.
Goo Gone is supposed to work on about a million different surfaces and stains but it’s a rather harsh substance! It can cause eye and skin irritation, headaches, nausea, and in extreme cases liver and kidney damage. Yikes! So I was excited to try something that might be a more natural substitute.
An OGT reader recently emailed us and said that she uses a 2 to 1 mixture of borax and water. I decided to try it on a glass jar that had some “sticker goo” on it. Unfortunately, this method didn’t work for me. There is a chance that I’m just not patient enough, but I let it sit for about 15 minutes and the residue didn’t budge a bit, even when I tried scrubbing it.
So I did a quick internet search to see what other methods people had come up with. The next method I tried utilized equal parts vegetable oil and baking soda. I rubbed that one on and let it sit for another 10 minutes and it didn’t do a thing!
I decided to try one more method before giving up – can you tell I’m really not very patient? Haha! I found the suggestion on a few different sites to use coconut oil and baking soda. Rosy Blu and DIY Natural both have some great tips and the comments on their posts are a wealth of additional information! And Seventh House on the Left has some cute printable labels.
After reading a bunch of suggestions, I used equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. For my small jar I did about two tablespoons of each and also added a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil. You could also use lemon essential oil or some other citrus-based oil.
You don’t need to melt the coconut oil – just leave it in a solid state and mix it with the baking soda. I found that as I applied it to the jar with my fingers that it warmed up a bit and was really easy to spread over the sticky area.
I let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes and when I went to rinse it off I really wasn’t expecting much since the other two methods hadn’t worked. But this method worked like a charm! I barely even had to scrub the jar and the sticky stuff came right off. There were a couple of tiny spots that didn’t come completely clean so I put a little more of my mixture on and let it sit for another five minutes. Those final spots wiped right off!
This mixture will definitely be joining my clean arsenal because it’s so versatile. Michelle at Rosy Blu even tried it on a giant sticker on her vacuum and was able to get the whole thing off! I only tried it on my small jar, but Michelle’s readers had some other fabulous suggestions of things they tried it on:
- Getting grease off hands
- Removing a sticky mess from a dog’s fur
- Wood floors
- Tape Residue
- Some carpet stains
- Sticky spots on skin
And Jillee even has some non-cleaning related uses for this mixture:
Bonus Budget Tip:
I used Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil because that is what we had on hand. But high quality coconut oil is PRICEY, so feel free to use the cheap stuff for cleaning purposes and save the expensive stuff for eating and homemade health and beauty products.
What is your favorite method for removing sticker goo?