5 Quick Tips To Remove Sticker Residue

5 Quick Tips To Remove Sticker Residue

If you have children who love stickers, you probably also know that they love putting those stickers on everything. The only problem is that while stickers might come off easily, that isn’t always the case for the residue that stickers leave behind.

It isn’t just parents who struggle with how to remove sticker residue either. Many items that you buy at stores or garage sales are also rife with sticker residue from price stickers.

Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of that residue for good without damaging the affected product or its packaging.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to remove sticker residue, read on to learn some foolproof methods.

Tip #1: Try Warm, Soapy Water for Removing Sticker Residue

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People often joke that warm, soapy water is a “cure all” for cleaning just about anything, but, when it comes to how to remove sticker residue, there is actually some truth in that old adage. As long as water will not damage the item from which you are trying to remove the sticker residue, this is definitely a trick that is worth a try.

In a bowl or small bucket, mix together about a cup of warm water and one to two tablespoons of a mild soap. Baby shampoo or a mild dish soap will typically work just fine.

Use a soft, non-abrasive rag to dip into the mixture and then gently scrub at the sticker residue. Allow the soapy water to sit on the reside for a moment or two and then scrape away the excess with your fingernail. 

In most cases, the residue will come right off without much effort. If this doesn’t work, then you may need to try a more advanced trick.

Tip #2: Progress to Rubbing Alcohol if Soap and Water Don’t Do the Trick

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If soap and water don’t get the job done as described above, or if there is still some residue left behind after you’ve tried the above trick, don’t worry. There is another simple solution that you can try, and you probably have everything you need to try it in your house right now.

All you will need to try this easy cleaning hack is a gentle rag as described above and a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Pour a little rubbing alcohol onto the rag and then dab away at the sticker residue, being sure to wipe off any excess alcohol once you’re done.

Most people will find that this trick works quite well, but if it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry. There are still many other easy and effective tricks that you can try.

Tip #3: Take a Credit Card to that Stubborn Residue

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If you’ve tried the trick above and still aren’t getting the results you want or if one of the above tricks mostly worked but left you with some “goo,” grab an old credit card and use the edge to scrape away at the affected area.

You’d be surprised at how effective a little “elbow grease” and a sharp edge can be. And a credit card is just the right amount of “sharpness” too since it’s sharp enough to scrape away residue but not so sharp that it can damage the surface you’re scraping.

Tip #4: Try the Famed Commercial Product “Goo Gone” to Get the Job Done

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If none of these simple “home remedies” get the job done, then you may need to take it up a notch and buy a commercial product.

One of the most well-known products for removing tape, glue, and other unwanted residue is a product known as Goo Gone. It’s just a sticky substance that can be used to pick up and trap “goo” and, in most cases, get rid of it for good.

Fortunately, you can find Goo Gone just about anywhere, including hardware and automotive stores and major retailers like Walmart. It works on a wide range of surfaces and materials, so it is definitely worth a try if nothing else has worked the way you wanted.

Tip #5: Use Vegetable Oil to Loosen Sticker Residue

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One final trick that you can try is using a dab of vegetable oil over the residue. A lot of times, the consistency of the oil will loosen the residue, which can then be scraped off.

As you can see, there are plenty of great hacks for getting rid of sticker residue for good. Give these a try, and you’ll probably find that you never have to worry about sticker residue again.

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