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How to Get Sticker Glue Off Plastic

Updated February 21, 2017

Sticker glue is an adhesive that comes into contact with many plastic surfaces. Whether you are trying to get a price tag sticker off a plastic food container, or your child has placed a sticker on a plastic toy, you must figure out a way to safely remove the sticker and sticker glue without causing damage to the plastic. This can be done in a few minutes when you use the right cleaning and sticker removal products, all of which you probably already have in your home.

Soak the area of plastic in hot water when possible, or saturate a cleaning rag with hot water and lay over the area of sticker glue. Allow the hot water to loosen the glue for five minutes.

Pull off as much of the sticker as possible if you have not already done so. Start at one corner of the sticker and pull gently until the entire sticker is removed.

Pour a drop of dish soap onto the sticker glue, and rub with your fingertips. Wipe a damp cloth over the area to remove the sticker glue.

Soak the plastic in a solution of one gallon hot water to one cup white vinegar if any glue remains. If the item is too large to soak, dip a cleaning rag into this solution and place over the plastic. Allow the vinegar to work for 10 minutes.

Wipe the remaining glue off the plastic with a damp cleaning rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning rags
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.