Removing stickers: This is how you get rid of adhesive residues from metal, glass, wood and plastic!

Whether it’s a label, a sticker on the car window or a sticker on a child’s bed: getting rid of adhesive residues from wood, glass or plastic can be a difficult task. We’re happy to come to your aid with a few useful tips and explain how to remove a sticker. These tricks will not leave ugly stains on the surface.

Remove sticker: use Wd 40

Removing stickers with WD 40 tips

The penetrating oil Wd 40 is made in the USA. The product has various uses and can, among other things, protect against corrosion, be used as a lubricant or clean surfaces. It is often used when, for example, rusty screws have to be loosened. But the penetrating oil is also suitable for cleaning adhesive residues on glass, tiles or metal. However, since it is a chemical product, there are a few things to consider when handling. It is best to work outside or, if that is not possible, in a well-ventilated area. Protect your eyes with special protective glasses. Under no circumstances should the penetrating oil come into contact with heat, sparks or other ignition sources. Keep the penetrating oil out of the reach of children and pets as the product is fatal if swallowed.

Allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and anyone who does not want to use a chemical agent can opt for a home remedy.

Remove sticker: use home remedies

Sticker removal tips with household items for metal and plastic and glass

There are numerous home remedies that can remove adhesive residue from labels and stickers. Which one you ultimately decide on is closely related to the surface. We first list the most common home remedies that have been shown to be effective:

1. Lukewarm, soapy water. Simply mix water and washing-up liquid in a container in a ratio of 4 to 1. Mix everything well until the washing-up liquid is completely dissolved in the water. Then dip a soft sponge in the solution and dampen the surface you want to clean with it. If you want to remove labels from mason jars, glasses, or ceramic dishes, you can pour the soapy water into a bucket and dip the mason jars in it. Let them soak there overnight and rinse them under running water the next day. You can also use soapy water on wallpaper, fabric, plastic and even alloyed metal. Not suitable for wood!

2. Cooking oil (Olive oil and coconut oil are very suitable, you can also use sunflower oil for larger stickers) is perfect for removing stickers on wood (if you paint or varnish the wood afterwards!), Plastic or glass. Do not apply to wallpaper and fabrics, as it leaves grease stains.

Remove stickers with household items tips

3. Hand cream also works quite well on metal, glass and plastic. Proceed as follows: Remove as much of the sticker or label as possible. You can use a credit card for this purpose. Rub a bit of hand cream directly into the glue residue and leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove the adhesive residue with a credit card.

4th. Heat gun or hair dryer use. Most heat guns have a temperature setting that is only used to remove adhesive film for kitchens and glue residues. You have to be very careful with this, however, as a heat gun can also remove paint and varnish and melt small plastic details. The hair dryer is a gentle alternative for a bike or car, but you should be careful with that too. Work as quickly as possible and try to heat a larger area around the label. Then the sticker can be easily removed by hand.

5. Denatured alcohol can also be used to clean glass, chrome or tiles. To be on the safe side, test on an invisible spot on fabrics and wallpapers. If you don’t have denatured alcohol at home, try schnapps. It is not suitable for wood, laminate and parquet!

Remove stickers: These home remedies are suitable for glass

How to remove stickers from glass Tips and tricks

If you want to remove stickers or adhesive residues from glass, you can choose between several options. As already mentioned, glasses, vases and smaller items can be immersed in soapy water and soaked for 2-3 hours. For larger stickers and for stickers on the car window, you can mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of orange oil (a scented oil) in a small bowl. Stir until a homogeneous paste is formed. Remove as much of the adhesive residue as possible with a ceramic glass scraper. Put the paste on a soft, dry cloth and rub it into the glass. Rinse the glass with lukewarm water and let it dry.

Removing stickers: These home remedies can be used for wood

Remove stickers wood cleaning tips with household items

If you want to remove stickers from wood then you can use these three home remedies.

  1. If you want to remove labels from untreated wood, use a heat gun or blow dryer. Hold the heat gun and hair dryer at least 8 cm away from the wood surface and do not heat the wood for more than 12 seconds. Carefully lift the label with a glass ceramic scraper and then remove the label with tweezers.
  2. You can remove stickers on lacquered furniture with a damp cloth. Simply moisten a cloth with lukewarm water and then place it on the adhesive residue or the label. Let it soak for several minutes and then carefully tape off the label. Dry the area with another soft cloth.
  3. Remove glue residue with nail polish remover. To do this, put 4-5 drops of nail polish remover on a cotton pad and rub directly on the label. The nail polish remover can discolour the wood surface, so really only apply it to the sticker. If necessary, wipe the wood with a soft dry cloth. Let the nail polish remover work for three minutes and then remove the label with a glass ceramic scraper.

Removing stickers: metal poses a challenge

Remove the sticker and clean the adhesive residue from the metal

It is a little more complicated to remove remnants of metal stickers. Whether it’s a label on the new stove or a sticker on the shower faucet, these home remedies can help. But first you need to remove as much of the label as possible. Then you can do the following:

  1. Put cooking oil or white wine vinegar on a damp cloth and apply to the glue residue. Leave on for about half an hour and then carefully remove the adhesive residue with a soft cloth. If there is any glue residue, dampen a clean cloth with soapy water and use it to clean the area. Then moisten a third cloth with water and remove the soap residue.
  2. You can also use alcohol or schnapps for cookware made of stainless steel. However, patience is required in this case, as you will have to repeat the process several times. Finally, you can polish the surface with vinegar.

Remove sticker: plastic

How to remove stickers from plastic Tips and tricks

Removing stickers from a plastic container can quickly become a daunting task. There are several tricks that help to ensure that no glue residue is left. You can:

  1. Pour water into the kitchen sink and dissolve 1/3 baking soda in it. Soak the plastic containers in the sink for half an hour and then wash them with detergent.
  2. You can put a thick layer of peanut butter, orange oil, or mayonnaise on the sticker and leave it on for about an hour. Then moisten a cloth and remove the mayonnaise or peanut butter. Wash the container thoroughly and let it dry.
  3. You can remove large remnants of stickers by heating the area with a hair dryer. Keep the hair dryer at least 8 cm away from the sticker and hold it for no longer than 30 seconds at a low level and 15 seconds at a high level. After that, you can easily remove the label.
  4. You can also use a large eraser to remove the sticker. Incidentally, this also works great on glass.
  5. Alternatively, you can make a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. Simply mix the two ingredients in a ratio of 3 to 1. Stir the mixture until a homogeneous paste is formed. Then put the paste on a soft sponge and rub the plastic with it.

Remove the stickers on the car and windshield

Removing stickers on car tips

Anyone who has ever had a sticker on their car knows the problem. How to remove the sticker without damaging the paint? Here is a guide on how to do it quickly.

  1. Wash the car with soapy water and let it dry.
  2. Use a hair dryer to heat the surface around the sticker and sticker itself. A heat gun is not suitable as it is too powerful and can damage the paintwork.
  3. After thirty seconds you can start taping the sticker. You can use an old credit card for this purpose, as knives can damage the paintwork.
  4. You can then use a solution of vinegar and warm water (vinegar and water in a ratio of 1 to 1) to pour glue residue into a watering can, shake the watering can and use it to water the area where the sticker was.
  5. Rinse the car with water.
  6. Apply a protective coat of car wax. It will protect the paint from weather-related influences.

The next time you want to put a sticker on your car, there are several simple tricks you can use that can make it much easier to take off. Apply the sticker to a car window or use magnets to apply the sticker. Alternatively, you can wash your car thoroughly and apply an extra layer of protective wax before applying the sticker.

Remove sticker: clean bike

Cleaning stickers from the bike with household items

If you want to remove a sticker from your bike, you can proceed in a similar way to that of a car. Wash the bike frame with a sponge and soapy water and let it dry. Then you can first try to remove the stickers with a ceramic glass scraper. If you only partially succeed in doing this, you can dissolve the sticker residue with vinegar.

Remove stickers from fabrics

How to remove stickers from fabrics Tips

If you want to remove glue residue from fabric, you should proceed as follows. First read the care label to find out whether and at what temperature the clothing or fabric can be washed. Smaller items, such as T-shirts, can be placed in the freezer for an hour. After that, the sticker should come off easily. If you have sensitive clothing, you can try to cut out the sticker with a craft knife. All glue residues will disappear completely after two washes at the latest.