How to Remove Sticker Glue From Clothes

Sticker-glue residue can create a mess on clothing and attract dirt until it's removed. If you were unaware of the sticker and washed and dried the garment with it on, you may have a sticky mess. Follow simple steps and use supplies from your kitchen and garage to remove sticker-glue residue, returning your clothing to its normal condition.

Tear off a piece of duct tape large enough to cover the sticker-glue residue.

Press the duct tape onto the sticker glue, then lift it off, removing some of the glue each time. Use a new piece of tape if necessary. The strong adhesive on duct tape helps remove the sticker-glue residue.

Apply olive oil to any remaining sticker glue. Rub the olive oil into the adhesive. The olive oil breaks down the remaining sticker glue, making it easy to remove and wash away. Allow the olive oil to sit on the sticker glue for a few minutes.

Pour a little water and washing powder onto the area where the sticker residue was. Scrub the fabric together to get the water and detergent into the fibres. Doing this will help get rid of oil residue and loosen the last of the sticker glue.

Wash and dry your garment according to the directions on the care label.


Check children's clothing prior to putting it in the wash. There could be crayons and other things in pockets.


Peanut butter also helps remove sticker adhesive. However, be aware of peanut allergies.

Things You'll Need

  • Duct tape
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Washing powder
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.