It has honestly taken me months to finally learn how to remove sticker residue (and stickers) without pulling out my own hair, one single strand at a time. Talk about frustrating! How can it be that such little things can leave such a yucky mess? (Asked the woman who has clearly blocked out what it’s like to have my grandkids in the house.)

I’ve tried everything, and I mean everything, in my effort to learn how to remove sticker residue. I’ve broken fingernails, cut myself, and burned my leg badly enough to leave a scar, and all in the pursuit of residue removal. Bless my heart. I’ve turned into a professional sticker puller-offer.

I’m a lady, dammit. A genteel flower who doesn’t want to spend my days battling tiny pieces of sticky hideousness when I could be doing more productive things, like shopping online and popping all the bubble wrap in my office. (With my pinkie up, naturally.)

How to remove sticker residue (and stickers). Easy-peasy!


Here’s how I do the goo…

Above all else, I rely on my Wagner heat gun and my Scotty Peeler. I keep the heat gun a few inches away from the sticker and make sure it’s always moving back and forth. When I think it’s good and warm, I test to see how easily I can slide my Scotty Peeler beneath the label. If it’s easy to slide, the sticker comes right off and I rarely have residue gunk.

If there is a little residue left, I heat it up a little bit longer,  put a little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe it off. Super easy.

Be warned, though. The Wagner Heat Gun can be a (pardon my Southern) real bitch. I have a scar on my leg from my first attempt at mastering her use.  Now I never use my heat gun on high and I never forget that she’s out to get me.

For items I can’t aim the heat toward for fear of ruining it or causing spontaneous combustion, I use Goo Gone.  Spray some on the sticky spots and leave it sit for a bit before wiping it off. If it leaves a film, which it can sometimes, I grab the rubbing alcohol and clean it off.

Some other things I’ve read about people using to remove stickers and sticker residue are:

Peanut butter. (I know, right?)

Olive oil.

Vegetable oil and baking soda in equal parts. Use like Goo Gone.

Nail polish remover.


Chain saw.

Just kidding. I wanted to see if you were still reading.

How do you get sticker residue off your things? Do you have the secret to beat all secrets? I’d sure love it if you’d share!

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