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Solved! How to Remove Sticker Residue? 5 Solutions

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Many items come with labels on them; unfortunately, they have a quite stubborn adhesive or glue, so residue remains on the new purchase. The sticky surface can be challenging to clean, but a few tricks will help you next time you buy one of these products. Make sure you do not use a knife or a sharp blade to scrape it off, as you will damage the surface. Here’s how to remove sticker residue!

1. Rubbing Alcohol (Or Vodka)

If you have any alcohol around your home, you can use it to clean the sticky residue on your new purchase. Rubbing alcohol or vodka does not damage the surface, and it cuts down on labor time. Dip a paper towel or a rag into the liquid and rub the glue. If the area is large or the adhesive does not come off quickly, soak the rag in alcohol and place it on the sticky area for a few minutes.

2. Vinegar

Vinegar works similarly, but it leaves the specific smell on the surface. Soak the rag in vinegar and place it on the sticker residue. Leave it for a few minutes and then wipe to clean the area.


3. Cooking Oil

Cooking oil is a pantry staple that can help you quickly remove sticker residue. Regardless of the type of oil, soak a rag into the liquid and then place it on the surface. Wait for a few minutes, then rub the leftover sticker or glue. Make sure that the surface does not absorb the oil by placing a drop of oil on a hidden part of the object. Oil can stain different materials and textures.

4. Baking Soda and Coconut Oil

If no other method works, baking soda and virgin coconut oil can do the trick. Firstly, place coconut oil on the sticky residue to saturate and make it loose. Then, scrub it with baking soda. If it is still not coming off, create a paste from coconut oil mixed with baking soda and put it on the sticker. After one hour, rub it off or use a sponge to clean the surface.

5. How to Get Sticker Residue Off Clothing

If you have sticker residue on clothing or fabrics, make sure you clean it as quickly as possible. However, since we discuss materials, keep in mind always trying the method on a hidden, small area before applying it to the entire surface.



Firstly, pick up as much residue with your fingers as possible. If the clothing is made of natural fiber, such as cotton, rub the area with nail polish remover (acetone). Dip a clean rag into the liquid, then gently rub the clothing until the residue comes off. Wash the clothing as usual.

If the clothing is made of synthetic materials, put it in the freezer for at least 45 minutes or up to 90 minutes. Take it out and start plucking out the hardened glue. After this, put some water on the area, add a drop of mild soap, and rub the rest of it using a soft cloth. Then, wash and dry it as usual.

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