How to Remove Sticky Glue

Don't you hate it when you have sticky glue residue on an item you just purchased? Price tags, tape and stickers can all leave a mess on your property.

While products like Goo Gone are designed to remove sticky messes, there are many household remedies that will work just as well. You might already have the perfect solution in a cabinet. Not all of these solutions will work on every type of sticky glue, but try them all before you give up.

One of the simplest solutions for removing sticky glue is rubbing alcohol. Apply it to the sticker area and let it sit for a few minutes, and you should be able to peel the stickiness away. This method can work even on cardboard.

Mineral oil is a gentle way to remove stickers and tape. Apply and leave on for about 30 minutes, and the mess should wipe away.

Petroleum jelly, better known by the brand name Vaseline, can also be applied to help remove the sticker. Wash the surface with soap and water when you are done to remove any residue.

A thick paste of baking soda and water is a wonderful household cleanser. Rub it into the sticky glue and then remove with a damp washcloth.

Vinegar can remove sticky spots from your items, although it will need to soak longer than some of the other solutions. Leaving it on overnight is the best option.

Things You Will Need

  • Alcohol Mineral oil Vaseline Baking soda Vinegar

Tip

  • If you have a tough adhesive, like duct tape, stuck to your item, lighter fluid may be the best alternative to remove the sticky glue.

Warning

  • Wash the item carefully before attempting a second method of removal.

About the Author

Kimberly A. Smith has been a freelance writer for two years. She graduated from the University of California at Davis and the California Culinary Academy, then pursued a career baking wedding cakes. During her time at CCA, she received certification in nutrition and food safety. She currently attends the University of Oregon School of Law.