How to remove sticker and tape goo

remove sticker and tape goo

Removing a sticker or tape from a product can leave behind a sticky gooey mess. Here are several options for removing that goo without damaging the item.


If your child loves stickers, chances are you’ve washed a piece or two of clothing and been left with a sticker mess to deal with. Before rushing out to purchase a chemical adhesive remover, you might just try duct tape. Press the tape firmly to the sticky mess, rub your finger over the tape to ensure a tight grip and yank it off quickly.

Another homemade remedy for sticky glue residue on clothing is peanut butter. Spread the peanut butter over the sticky mess and let it sit for several hours, much like a laundry pre-treatment product. Wipe off the excess peanut butter along with the sticky residue. Cut the oil in the peanut butter from the fabric using a dishwashing liquid with degreaser qualities and then launder as usual.

If neither home remedy works to remove the goo from fabric, there are several commercial products available. Goo Gone is one of the most popular on the market today. It has even been known to remove sticker problems from the fabric after it’s gone through the washer and dryer.

Another commercial product available is called De-Solv-It. Readily available at Wal-Mart this product has been known to remove the sticker as well as the residue.

One product marketed as an adhesive remover is called Un-Du. This is a big item in the scrapbook industry and while somewhat expensive, it will completely remove the sticky residue without leaving a trace.

Glass or Mirror:

If the sticker goo is left behind on a piece of glass or mirror, rubbing alcohol may be the solution. Remove as much of the sticker as you can with your fingernail. Soak a cotton ball or q-tip with rubbing alcohol and apply it to the sticker. Let the alcohol soak on the sticker for about five minutes and then rub it with a dry cloth. The sticker and residue should be gone.

WD-40 has also been proven to remove sticker goo. Apply the WD-40 to the sticker goo and leave it on for just a few minutes. As WD-40 is somewhat oily and may leave a residue of its own, do not use it on a surface that you plan to paint later.

Wood or Furniture:

Sticky residue can be removed from wood or furniture with an oil-based product such as furniture polish, cooking oil, mineral oil or baby oil. Apply the oil to a clean cloth and saturate the sticker. Allow the oil to sit on the sticker so it can penetrate through the glue for a few minutes and then simply wipe it away.

Plastic surfaces:

Cooking oil is the perfect solution to remove sticky goo from a plastic surface. Remove as much of the sticker as possible and then saturate the residue with a bit of cooking oil. Let the oil soak down into the sticker and then immerse the plastic in water. The sticker should just wipe away. A second coating of oil may be necessary to completely remove the goo from the plastic surface.


An alcohol-based product will remove stickers and their gooey residue from cardboard or other paper products. Apply the liquid to the sticker area only being careful to avoid getting too much liquid on the surrounding cardboard. Allow the oil to saturate into the sticker for a few minutes and then carefully peel the sticker and residue away.


Before using any oil-based product on fabric, test in an inconspicuous part of the fabric to make sure you are not going to cause any damage.

A hair dryer used on a sticker may help the glue to release and make sticker removal easier. This method is not recommended if the sticker is on a plastic product.

Like bubble gum, sticker residue can be removed by freezing the item. Just place it in the freezer, leave for a few hours, and peel it away. The sticky goo should come away with the sticker.

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