How to remove sticky label glue

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How to remove sticky label glue
Remove label glue with hot, soapy water. (bottles of wine with blank label image by Albo from Fotolia.com)

Sticky labels are often placed on new clothes to indicate their size and style. Sometimes these labels peel off easily, but in some circumstances, bits of the adhesive are left behind. Items such as jars and plastic containers may also leave leftover glue after a label is pulled from the surface. Removing sticky label adhesive is simple once you understand the proper procedure.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Damp cloth
  • Dish detergent
  • Nylon scrub pad
  • Cooking oil

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Instructions

    Removing Sticky Label Glue From Fabric

  1. 1

    Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball.

  2. 2

    Dab the cotton ball onto the adhesive residue on the fabric. Allow the rubbing alcohol to sit on the fabric for five minutes, giving it time to break down the components in the glue.

  3. 3

    Wipe the glue from the fabric with a damp cloth. Wash the garment according to the care label instructions.

    Removing Sticky Label Glue From Containers

  1. 1

    Run a sink full of hot water and add one squirt of dish detergent. Place jars or plastic containers in the sink and allow them to soak for 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Scrub the glue residue from the containers with a nylon scrub pad. Rinse the containers with warm water.

  3. 3

    Apply cooking oil to any adhesive still stuck on the containers. Allow the olive oil to remain on the containers for 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Scrub the containers with a nylon scrubbing pad. After loosening the adhesive, wash, rinse and dry the containers.

Tips and warnings

  • Dab the rubbing alcohol on a hidden area of the garment first to ensure that it does not discolour the fabric.

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