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How to remove sticker residue

Posted by Jeremy Wick

As much as everyone loves stickers, nobody likes sticker residue.

Here are a few simple techniques for removing sticker residue.

Rubbing alcohol

Use an old washcloth to apply rubbing alcohol to the residue. It should break down easily and then you can wipe it away with a damp towel.

Goo Gone

Goo Gone is specifically designed for removing adhesive. Just spray the residue and wipe with a towel.

Peanut butter

Take a small dab with your finger and rub into the residue. The oils from the peanut butter will break apart the stickiness. This method is a little unconventional, but works (and tastes) great.

Other products to use

If you’re short on any of the supplies above, here are some other household products that work well:

  • WD-40
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cooking oil
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • Laundry detergent

Other techniques to try

If you’re still having trouble, here are a few more techniques you can try.

To remove residue from glass products, try soaking them in warm, soapy water overnight.

To remove residue from clothing, try scrubbing the residue with a toothbrush instead of a paper towel.

For glass, wood, and walls, try heating the residue for no more than 30 seconds with a blow dryer and then scraping it off with a putty knife.

Once the residue is gone, you’ve got a perfect spot for a brand new sticker.

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