Tips for easily getting sticker adhesive off clothes that have been washed

How to Get Sticker Residue Off Clothes

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A Sticky Situation!

I washed a shirt that my child left a sticker on. Do you know how to get sticker residue off clothes?
Dorothy Y.

Un-Du the Damage

The best product I have found for removing anything with adhesive is Un-Du adhesive remover. This product is usually found in the crafts/scrapbook section of discount stores, or in scrapbook stores. It is somewhat expensive, but it is worth every penny! It leaves no residue, unlike other products I have used.

It'll Work Every Time

Try Duct tape. Press the tape on firmly, rub your finger over it, and then pull it off very quickly. Works every time!

A Fabulous Solution

There is a product called Goo Gone that works fabulously on all sticker problems. It even works on those that have gone through the wash.

De-Solv the Sticky Mess

There is a product called De-Solv-it It removes stickers, gum, crayons, etc. When my daughter was younger, we would dab a little on a cotton ball and then on a Band-Aid to help it slip off.

Mom's Tried-and-True

When I was a child, I did the same thing your child did. My mom tried peanut butter (it works on hair!) and it got the adhesive off of the shirt.

Try Rubbing Alcohol

Soak the spot with rubbing alcohol for approximately five minutes. Then rub the spot with a dry finger and the adhesive should come off.

Another Goo Gone Proponent

Goo Gone is a citrus-based product that easily removes sticker residue from clothing. I just wet a washcloth with some Goo Gone, rub the sticker residue, and rewash the item. If you are concerned about bleaching, you can always test it on an inconspicuous spot first.

Not Just for Skin

My son did the same thing and I didn't notice it until I took it out of the dryer. I sprayed the area liberally with Avon SKIN SO SOFT , let it sit for a few minutes, and then I re-washed it. You'd never know the sticker had been there.
Marianne in IA

WD-40 Works Every Time

I've done this several times! WD-40 works every time at getting the residue off. Since it's pretty oily, I saturate the area with a grease cutting dish soap (like Dawn) afterwards, so I don't end up with a grease stain to replace the sticky mess.

Try Crystal Wash. 1000 loads of laundry - no detergents, no dyes, no chemicals, no perfumes.

The Roundabout Way

Rub a little butter or olive oil on the glue/gum to dissolve it. Then wash the garment in warm water to get the oil out. This might sound like a roundabout way of doing things, but it does work.

Thoro Specializes in Sticky Residue

Try using Thoro to remove the sticky residue. It is a dry cleaning liquid, located with the laundry supplies in your local grocery store. It works wonders on many things, and one of its specialties is removing sticky residue. It also works when you have left tape on a window too long, or to remove stubborn price tags, etc. I overheard a lady in a thrift store last week saying she had gotten ink out of a silk blouse with it. For under $3, it is worth a try.

editor's note: We received quite a few answers to Dorothy's sticky problem. But, the most popular answer by far was the product Goo Gone.

Reviewed January 2018

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