At a young age, we decorated our lockers and notebooks with fun stickers. Maybe it was little hearts, smiley faces, or a band we really loved. By the time we’re in the business world, however, it’s time to leave the cute stuff behind and get serious. Custom stickers become valuable for price tags, package labels, and even as advertising products.

Of course, sometimes those stickers need to be removed. That’s where this easy guide comes in handy!

What Can You Use to Remove Stickers?

No matter what you purchase, you’re likely going to have some kind of sticker on the item. If you’re ready to remove those annoying adhesives, head to your kitchen cabinet. These basic household products can be used to get rid of stickers!

  • Peanut Butter
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Baking Soda & Coconut Oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Razor Blade
  • WD-40
  • White Vinegar
  • Washing Soda

Peanut butter

Peanut Butter

While it’s great for sandwiches, peanut butter is also extremely effective at removing sticker residue. Smear it over the sticker and let it sit for about an hour. From there, wipe off the peanut butter and the sticker should peel right off!

Hair dryer

Hair Dryer

Hold it close to the spot with the sticker for about 30 seconds. With the pressurized heat, the sticker will fall apart, leaving behind no sticky residue. Note: This isn’t a recommended method for plastic products.

Pencil eraser

Pencil Eraser

This is a more time consuming method, but you can scrape a pencil eraser across the sticker. The friction from the rubber will drag the adhesive away from the surface, making it easier to scrape off.

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol

Cheap vodka, rubbing alcohol, or nail polish remover are good items for removing stickers. Soak a paper towel in the product and wrap it around the sticker. Soak for 30 minutes and then wipe it away.

Baking soda & coconut oil

Baking Soda & Coconut Oil

Mix baking soda and coconut oil together for stubborn stickers. This creates a paste that saturates the paper and loosens it up. Smear the mixture across the sticker, let it sit for an hour, and then scrub.

Razor blade

Razor Blade

Carefully use a razor blade to remove adhesives. Hold it at an angle and gently push it along under the edge of the sticker. A credit card or plastic scraper are also very effective.

WD-40

WD-40

This cleaning solution is fantastic for a variety of sticky situations. Spray it directly on the sticker and let it soak for close to an hour. The sticker will come off your item with ease.

White vinegar

White Vinegar

Soak a washcloth in white vinegar and wrap it around the area with the sticker. After about 30 minutes, remove the washcloth and the sticker should slide off easily.

Washing soda

Washing Soda

This sodium carbonate cleaning solution is commonly used for laundry, but it’s also handy for removing stickers. Simply soak the item for about an hour and the residue will disappear.

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise

This is another sandwich staple that works wonders for removing stickers. Leave the spread on your sticker for 30 minutes and then wipe it away.

Try any or all of these methods to remove those pesky stickers! Some items work better for certain materials than others. Be sure to read on before trying any of these methods!

How to Get Residue Off Any Surface

Does the idea of using peanut butter on your glass award make you feel queasy? Don’t worry, there are plenty of effective ways to remove stickers from various surfaces.

Each material requires a different treatment, but they’re all fairly simple to perform. Take a look to get a full breakdown of how you can remove stickers from any surface.

How to Remove Stickers from Glass

How to Remove Stickers from Glass

Have you ever gotten a parking notice on your car window? If so, you know how painful it can be to remove stickers from glass. Luckily, there are a few methods that make it easy.

  1. Method One:

  2. Fill your kitchen sink with hot water.
  3. Pour in a cup of washing soda.
  4. Submerge the glass in the sink and leave it to soak.
  5. Pull the glass out of the water, the sticker should slide right off.
  6. Rinse off the glass and let dry.
  1. Method Two:

  2. Soak a cotton swab with 91% rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or vegetable/baby oil.
  3. Let it sit overnight.
  4. Peel the sticker off the glass.
  5. Use a razor blade to scrape away any remaining residue.

Just like that, your glass will look shiny and brand new! Method one works best for small items like drinkware and handheld mirrors. Method two, on the other hand, is recommended for objects you can’t soak in a sink like your car windows, bathroom mirror, or windows.

How to Remove Stickers from Wood

How to Remove Stickers from Wood

Wood is a very natural material, so it might seem strange to think about it being covered in stickers. However, items like coasters or even your dining room table sometimes come covered with sticky adhesives.

Here’s how to remove stickers from wood:

  1. Soak a cloth in white vinegar and lay it over the sticker.
  2. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Gently peel the sticker off the surface using a scraper.
  4. Repeat each step if it’s tough to remove.
  5. Wipe down the surface with wood polish.

The process may be a little time-consuming so set aside at least an hour of your time. Crank up the music, take a deep breath, and get ready to work.

How to Remove Stickers from Metal

How to Remove Stickers from Metal

Known for its industrial strength, it can be tough to remove stickers from metal. There are a couple of methods you can try, depending on the item.

There are two methods you can use. Here’s how to remove stickers from metal:

  1. Method One:

  2. Start by gently scratching off the adhesive with a credit card or scraper.
  3. Apply a small amount of WD-40 onto a cloth.
  4. Rub the cloth over the sticker until it peels off.
  5. Mix a few drips of dish soap into a bowl with warm area.
  6. Wash the warm area and dry.
  1. Method Two:

  2. Use a razor blade to remove as much of the sticker as possible.
  3. Pre-treat the sticker with a damp cloth.
  4. Mix together a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of baking soda.
  5. Apply the mixture to the remaining adhesive.
  6. Use the wet cloth again to remove the rest of the sticker.

If your item proves to be tough, try using the method you didn’t use. Some of these processes require you to repeat the steps, so never give up on removing those stickers!

How to Remove Stickers from Plastic

How to Remove Stickers from Plastic

Over 322 million tons of plastic are produced every year around the world. Many of these items are bound to be covered in pesky price tags or other stickers.

Here’s how to remove stickers from plastic:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water.
  2. Soak a cotton swab with cooking oil and saturate the sticker.
  3. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse in the bowl of water.
  5. Peel the sticker off the plastic.

If your item is too big to put in a bowl, don’t worry! You can still soak a washcloth in warm, soapy water, rub it across the sticker, and follow the rest of the steps in order!

How to Remove Stickers from Fabric

How to Remove Stickers from Fabric

Did you just buy a cool new t-shirt? Before you rock that new look, make sure you remove any clingy stickers with this simple-to-follow process:

  1. Rub a high-quality detergent directly on the area. You can also use an adhesive stain remover.
  2. Wash the garment according to the tag.
  3. If some of the residue persists, start the process over again.
  4. Try using rubbing alcohol on the stain and washing again as normal.

You might be happy to know it doesn’t take a full-blown laundry day to remove that residue. It should easily come off with a little bit of detergent and rubbing alcohol for leftover stains.

How to Remove Stickers from Ceramics

How to Remove Stickers from Ceramics

The last thing you want is to get annoyed by residue every time you drink your coffee. Get those stubborn stickers removed with this easy process!

  1. Heat up white vinegar in the microwave.
  2. Submerge your item in the warm liquid or soak a cloth in the liquid and drape it over the item.
  3. Let it soak for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Remove your item and peel off one corner of the sticker.
  5. Use a wet sponge to scrub any remaining residue.

Go ahead and sip that coffee in peace! It doesn’t take very much time to remove stickers from your ceramics. In fact, 15 to 30 minutes ought to do the trick!

How to Remove Stickers from Cardboard

How to Remove Stickers from Cardboard

Cardboard can be a tricky material when it comes to removing stickers. It’s definitely possible though when you follow these steps!

Here’s how to remove stickers from cardboard:

  1. Dip cotton balls in rubbing alcohol and place them on the sticker.
  2. Insert the tip of a razor beneath the corner of the sticker; make sure the sticker and surrounding cardboard is still saturated.
  3. Carefully lift the corner of the sticker until it’s completely removed.
  4. Use a marker in a similar color to fill in any tears.
  5. Apply cardboard colored masking tape over the sticker if it appears damaged.

Let’s say your kids want to build a cardboard fort using reusable boxes. Go ahead and let them decorate the outside with fun stickers in every shape and size. You can get those off in no time!



This video breaks down how to easily remove stickers from any surface!

The Bottom Line

You definitely don’t want to keep the stickers on your favorite products forever. Luckily, it’s easy for you to remove the toughest residue from any surface. While it may seem like sticky business, you’ll be free from pesky adhesives in no time!

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