Lay the fabric on a sturdy surface, such as a table. Use a plastic or rubber-tipped scraper to remove some of the adhesive, if possible. A credit card is often suitable if you don't have a plastic putty knife or similar scraping tool.
Apply waterless hand sanitizer/cleaner to the remaining residue, as suggested by Good Housekeeping or WD-40, as suggested by Priceless-Home-Remedies.
Wait a minute and then scrape more of the adhesive off. The hand sanitizer or WD-40 will have started to liquefy some of the adhesive so it is easier to remove.
Rinse the fabric under running water, or with a damp sponge.
Spot-treat the area with a stain stick or spray, and then wash the item in the washing machine, with regular detergent. Let the fabric air-dry and then check it again for any remaining residue. If you still see some tape residue, reapply the WD-40 or hand sanitizer and re-wash the item. Make certain all residue is gone before drying the fabric item in the dryer--to be safe, allow the fabric to air-dry and re-inspect for remaining residue.
Things You Will Need
- Plastic or rubber-tipped scraper
- Waterless hand cleaner/sanitizer or WD-40
- Stain stick or spray
- You can try rubbing alcohol in lieu of the hand sanitizer. Priceless-home-remedies.com mentions you can also use peanut butter, olive oil or butter to loosen adhesive from fabric. Additionally, you can rub adhesive with ice (or stick the fabric in the freezer for a few minutes) to make the adhesive harder and easier to scrape off.