I try to reuse containers whenever I can, but removing stickers and labels from those containers can be a huge pain! But stubborn stickers and labels are no match for my particular brand of stubbornness! ;-) So it should come as no surprise that I’ve tried out dozens of different methods of removing stickers and sticker residue over the past several years. And in today’s post, I’ll be sharing 11 effective methods you can use to remove stickers and sticky residues!
Why share so many options? The more options I include, the more likely you’ll be able to find one you can use with the stuff you already have at home. Another reason is that some methods work better on certain types of stickers, so you may want to try multiple methods if the first one doesn’t cut it. So without any further ado, here are 11 ways to remove stickers and sticker residue from everything! :-)
11 Ways To Remove Stickers & Sticker Residue
You can remove the stubborn adhesive residue left behind by stickers by using any of the 11 items I’ll be discussing below:
- Washing soda
- Peanut butter
- Hair dryer
- Pencil eraser
- Baking soda & coconut oil
- Razor blade
- White vinegar
- Lemon essential oil
1. Washing Soda
You can use washing soda to remove labels from bottles (or any sticker from something that’s safe to submerge in water.) Just fill your sink with warm water and add around 1/2 cup of washing soda. Stir the water a bit, then soak the item in the water for 30 minutes. The sticker or label should slide right off!
Get more details about 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, then 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
Using heat is one of the easiest and cleanest ways to remove stickers, and it’s especially great for removing old bumper stickers from cars! Turn your hair dryer on, hold it close to the sticker you want to remove, and hold it there 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 rubber will grip and drag the adhesive away from the surface and let you scrape it off more easily.
You can use several different alcohol-based products to dissolve sticker adhesive, including cheap vodka, rubbing alcohol, and nail polish remover. Soak a paper towel in your alcohol-based product of choice, then 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
Using a combination of baking soda and coconut oil packs a powerful punch against stubborn stickers. The coconut oil saturates and loosens the paper and adhesive, while the baking soda helps scrub the mess away.
Mix together enough coconut oil and baking soda to create a paste, then smear the paste across the sticker. Let it sit for an hour, then scrub with a sponge or brush.
The fats and oils in mayo make it a surprisingly effective tool for removing stickers! Just spread a thick layer of mayo onto the sticker and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then wipe or scrub the sticker and adhesive away from the surface.
8. Razor Blade
You can remove stickers manually using a good old fashioned razor blade, with the help of a razor scraper or an X-ACTO knife. 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 be particularly useful for removing stickers on glass, but it may not be the best choice for other surfaces (especially painted ones.)
WD-40 has gotten me out of some sticky situations in my life! (Pun intended, of course.) This versatile lubricant can also help remove stubborn stickers. Spray it liberally onto the sticker or price tag 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 half an hour or so, then the sticker should slide off easily.
11. Lemon Essential Oil
Citrus oils have a powerful degreasing effect that’s perfect for tackling sticky residue. Apply a drop or two of lemon essential oil directly to the area, let sit for 10 minutes or so, then wipe the sticker and adhesive away. (Note: Don’t use lemon oil on plastic.)
BONUS: Store-Bought Products That Remove Stickers & Adhesives
In certain rare cases, like if a sticker is very old or has been exposed to the sun, you might need something a bit more powerful to help remove all the residue. Here some store-bought products I’ve had success with:
- Goo Gone Original Liquid – Goo Gone can help you remove just about anything that’s sticky, waxy, or oily, and it’s safe for most surfaces.
- Goo Gone Automotive – To remove a stubborn bumper sticker, or even tree sap, bug splatters, and other messes, try Goo Gone Automotive.
Do you have a go-to method or product you use to get rid of stickers or adhesive?