How to remove sticker glue from windows

The adhesive glue from stickers is often left on surfaces even after the sticker has been removed. If your windows had pricing stickers or manufacturer stickers, or even if your kids stuck stickers on to the glass, there may be a sticky residue on the window. Sticker glue on windows is unsightly and interferes with the cleaning of the windows. Remove sticker glue from windows using common household products that you likely already have in your home.

Scoop a liberal amount of petroleum jelly from the jar using your finger. Rub the petroleum jelly directly onto the sticker glue residue. Allow it to remain on the window for a few hours.

Scrape off the petroleum jelly, along with the glue, using a plastic putty knife. A credit card or plastic pan scraper will also work well if you do not have a plastic putty knife. Apply some force when scraping to remove all of the sticker glue.

Wipe the affected area with a damp rag to remove the petroleum jelly and any remaining glue.

Dampen a rag with baby, mineral or vegetable oil. Apply a generous amount of the oil directly on to the sticker glue. Allow the oil to sit on the window overnight.

Scrape off the glue the next day. Use a plastic putty knife, plastic pan scraper or credit card to scrape away the glue.

Wipe down the window with a damp rag to remove any residue.

Dampen a rag with rubbing alcohol or acetone nail polish remover. Saturate the sticker glue spot with the solvent by blotting the rag over the area. Allow it to remain on the window for a few minutes.

Scrub the window gently with the rag dampened with the solvent. Apply more solvent to the rag, if necessary, while scrubbing. Continue scrubbing until all of the glue residue has lifted. Use your fingernail to scrape off any glue spots that still remain after scrubbing with the rag.

Wipe down the window with a damp rag to remove any residue.


Clean your windows thoroughly after removing the sticker glue. Spray vinegar on the window and wipe it clean with paper towels or newspaper. Some other products to try are white toothpaste, lubricating spray or peanut butter. Apply the product to the spot, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then scrub or scrape off the glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Plastic putty knife, plastic pan scraper or credit card
  • Rags
  • Baby, mineral or vegetable oil
  • Rubbing alcohol or acetone nail polish remover
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.