5 Helpful Items to Remove Sticky Adhesive

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Picture this: You buy something new, and as you remove the label, it leaves an adhesive residue that takes ages to peel off whether it be decorations, gift tags or old car stickers.

Everyone has had this experience with adhesives, but not everyone knows that almost any sticker, no matter what type and what it sticks to, can be easily removed. Don’t believe us? Try these fivehome remedies and see for yourself!

Remove adhesive residue: the best home remedies.

Adhesives are usually either water, alcohol, or oil-soluble. You just have to find out what kind of glue you are dealing with. If in doubt, just try it out. We recommend doing it in this order: 

1. Water

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Removing adhesive residues with water can be simple but effective. If the object you’re cleaning is small enough, try putting it in the dishwasher. The hot water helps to loosen the adhesive. So, don’t try using other remedies just yet, water just might do the trick.

2. Hairdryer

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Many manufacturers use hot melt adhesive for their labels. So, why not try using heat to remove the residue? Warm up the adhesive with a hairdryer and then scrape off the residue with a plastic scraper. This way, you won’t damage the surface.

Pro Tip: 

This method is only suitable for glass, but you have to be very careful. Don’t put your affected object in the oven to heat it. Ovens can reach a maximum of 50 degrees, and glass cannot tolerate high temperatures. If you put the glass in a hot oven, it could shatter.

3. Oil

5 helpful items to remove adhesive

If using water and heat doesn’t work out. You can try using cooking oil, such as sunflower oil, or baby oil. Just apply it on the glue residue and let it sit for an hour. Then, you can wipe it away using a kitchen cloth.

Pro Tip: Do not use this method on fabrics as it might leave oil stains.

4. Alcohol

5 helpful items to remove adhesive

Adhesives can also be removed with alcohol. You don’t have to use ethanol or alcohol,  high-proof liquor like vodka is often enough. Put vodka on the glue residue and let it soak for about an hour. Then, wipe it with a damp cloth.

If vodka does not do the trick, you can try using alcohol or pure ethanol. However, be careful because it can remove not only adhesive residue, but also the surface’s color. So use this only as a last resort and be sure to test it on a different surface beforehand.

5. Adhesive tape

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Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, or in this case: glue with glue. Try removing adhesive residue with tape. Just stick the tape on the remnants and pull it off in a jerking motion.

Pro Tip: You can also make a DIY mixture to remove any kind of sticker: mix vegetable oil and baking soda and apply it onto the sticker residue. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe away the residue very lightly.

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