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How to Remove Adhesive from Glass

It’s frustrating to peel a sticker off glass and then find the sticker's adhesive remains. Even after vigorous washing, the adhesive might not come off. Whether the adhesive is on a glass window, plate or bottle, leaving it on the glass can be unsightly. Don’t give up on removing the adhesive.

Vegetable oil will soften the adhesive, making it easier to remove.

It’s frustrating to peel a sticker off glass and then find the sticker's adhesive remains. Even after vigorous washing, the adhesive might not come off. Whether the adhesive is on a glass window, plate or bottle, leaving it on the glass can be unsightly. Don’t give up on removing the adhesive. With the right products and methods, you’ll have it off in no time.

  1. Rub a rag moistened with vegetable oil onto the adhesive until the sticky spot is completely saturated with the oil.

  2. Work the oil into the adhesive with your fingers.

  3. Allow the oil to sit on the adhesive for a few hours.

  4. Scrub the spot with hot, soapy water and a nylon scrubbing pad. Add more oil, if necessary, and scrub until the adhesive is gone. Use dish soap for the soap.

  5. Spray household lubricating spray, such as WD-40, onto the spot if it doesn't budge. Then scrub it with the nylon scrubber and hot, soapy water again until it’s gone.

  6. Clean the glass with soapy water and a clean rag to remove any residue.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.