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DIY Sticker Remover: 10+ Non-Toxic Methods

Make your own sticker remover using these recipes. Learn how to remove sticky residue the non-toxic, all-natural way and avoid harsh chemicals. These homemade adhesive removers WORK!

DIY Sticker Remover with Homemade Recipes

DIY Label Remover

I think we’ve all been in this position. You go to the craft store and pick out your surfaces (whether they be glass, ceramic, wood, etc) and place them in your basket.

You have all sorts of ideas for what you want to make, and can’t check out at the register and get home fast enough.

You’re ready to begin your first project so pick a glass jar out of the bag and remove the sticky residue and tag. Or at least try to.

You end up pick-pick-picking only to have the price tags partially rip off or leave sticky residue behind. That’s when it’s time for a DIY sticker remover.

How to Remove Sticker Residue

Before I get into the methods to get stickers off of glass, I wanted to go over a few questions I’ve gotten from readers. Remember that my focus is natural methods – let’s jump in!

Why Not Use Goo Gone?

I’m going to be honest, I have always used Goo Gone in the past and it has never bothered my skin or respiratory system. However, the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the product lists the hazard statements as: “Combustible liquid. May cause an allergic skin reaction. May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.”

Without getting too scientific, some people might not feel comfortable using Goo Gone, especially if they are in sensitive groups or are pregnant. In that case, it’s probably a good idea to consider a DIY sticker remover.

WD 40 and Goo Gone

What About WD-40?

When I asked my Facebook group about their preferred methods for homemade adhesive remover, one of the suggestions was WD-40 (basically you’d use it the same way as Goo Gone). I did a little research and found the MSDS for that product as well.

The hazard statements are: “Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Combustible liquid. If swallowed, may be aspirated and cause lung damage. May cause eye irritation. Avoid eye contact. Use with adequate ventilation. Keep away from heat, sparks, and all other sources of ignition.”

So from first glance of the hazards listed, WD-40 is even more problematic than Goo Gone. If you aren’t in a sensitive group, you may want to consider WD-40, but otherwise I’d avoid it and stick with the natural DIY sticker removal methods below.


How to Remove Stickers from Glass

After surveying my audience for their favorite DIY sticker remover methods, I’m presenting them below in order of preference. You absolutely need to do a test first in an inconspicuous area to make sure that the products below won’t stain the surface. This is especially true for wood (and I wouldn’t recommend any soaking).

Note that the oil methods should be used sparingly on wood and especially fabric as they might leave stains (which doesn’t matter if you are painting the wood). Removing stickers from glass and ceramic is the easiest and usually doesn’t cause a problem.

I feel confident about this list of options for DIY sticker remover because those surveyed have USED them and proven that they work! The common thread in a lot of these DIY sticker removers is that there is an oil in them.

Tells me that there is something in oil that reacts positively with the adhesive in terms of its removal. Learn how to remove sticker residue below; these are in order of preference. Start with a small amount of any of these and add more if you need!


Remove as much of the label as possible. Spread mayonnaise over the remaining adhesive and let sit for ten minutes. Then scrape with a credit card.

Peanut Butter

You’ll use this the same way as the mayonnaise. This one seems to be really good on plastic surfaces.

Soak in Hot Water

You’ll want to either boil water or run really hot water from your tap. Place the item into the hot water and soak for at least overnight. Follow up with a scrubber pad. Do not use this method on wood!

Household Oil

Leave a household oil (coconut oil, olive oil, baby oil). on the label for a few minutes. Scrap off the existing residue. This works really well to remove sticker residue off glass.

DIY Goo Gone

You can made homemade Goo Gone using three ingredients. Stir together 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/8 cup vegetable oil, and 3 drops of citrus essential oils. Apply this Goo Gone alternative and let sit, then wash off. You can store in an airtight container with lid.

Hand Lotion

This seems to work the same way that the oils do. You’ll want to remove as much of the label as possible before trying this method.

Hair Spray

Spray on, leave to sit for a few minutes, and wipe off.

Rubbing Alcohol

Wet a paper towel or rag with rubbing alcohol and rub where the adhesive is. If the sticker is stubborn, lay an alcohol soaked rag on the area and let sit for several minutes.

Eucalyptus Oil

This works like the other household oils from #4.

Hair Dryer or Heat Gun

I’ve tried this homemade adhesive remover with a heat gun and I have to say, it works very well. All you’ll do is point the hair dryer or heat gun at the area with adhesive and – like you’d imagine – get it really hot. Rub the sticker residue off with a rag or your finger (but remember the surface is hot!).

Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Paste

Mix 1 tsp of each together in a small container and apply to the sticker residue. Leave it on for several minutes and then use a hard edge to scrape off the remaining residue.


Note: several other label removal methods were suggested to me after this post was published. They are as follows:

  • Exhaling on the label
  • Placing in the freezer overnight
  • Purell hand sanitizer
  • Pure Citrus Air Freshener by Blue Magic or Real Citrus Air Freshener by OdoBan
  • Bug spray
  • Dish soap
  • Butter
  • Orange oil
  • De-Solv-It – available overseas. This product is not expected to be a hazard to the environment, however it is extremely flammable
  • Crafter’s Companion Stick Away – available in the UK. I can’t find an MSDS on this product.
  • Un-Du Adhesive Remover (Goo Gone alternative)
  • Pumice powder
  • Skin So Soft – the Avon product
  • Wallpaper remover – while it is not a hazard to the environment, it is flammable and could generate vapors
  • Lighter fluid. Lighter fluid is toxic to aquatic life so I don’t personally feel comfortable washing it down the drain

If you are ready to jump in with an adhesive remover recipe, I’ve got one for you below. It works every time:

Yield: 3 tablespoons remover

DIY Goo Gone

Baking soda paste on a wooden stick

Learn how to remove sticker residue with a natural label remover! You probably have the ingredients in your cabinet to make it. Get sticker residue off for good.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Set Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 2 T baking soda
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil


  • Small bowl
  • Stirring spoon


  1. Begin by soaking the jar for several minutes, and removing as much of the label as possible
  2. Stir the ingredients - the baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oil - together in a small bowl. It should form a paste.
  3. Place the paste over the adhesive and let set for several minutes.
  4. Rub the paste into the adhesive - keep rubbing until it's gone.
  5. Rinse the bottle with warm, soapy water and let dry.

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Have you tried any label remover methods that you use regularly? What about homemade Goo Gone? I’d love to know how you remove sticker residue in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other crafting tips here on the blog:

Sheri P.

Friday 17th of November 2023

I used coconut pil and baking soda, scrubbed with a scrub daddy and hot water. Worked great! Thank-you!


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Glad it worked, thank you!


Thursday 15th of December 2022

If it’s glass, stick it in the oven at 350 for 5 minutes and use a straight edge to peel the label off a bit. It then comes straight off. Some labels leave residue, some don’t. I’ve found this worked the best on the plasticy labels that are the hardest to remove

Ty Buchanan

Monday 1st of August 2022

Repair supermarket stick-on labels the cheap way:

1. soak in the sink, using hot water and a dash of washing up liquid detergent. Take out in 30 minutes. Scrape colored printed top layer with nails leaving the white paper base covering the gooey base.

2. Rub a wet piece of soap over it. Leave for 15 minute. Then use nails again to get off all of the white paper leaving the gooey base.

3. Wash under the tap and dry it.

4. Fold a paper towel in half 4 times. Put a decent glug of ordinary mineral turpentine on the paper towel. Apply it to the gooey base and keep rubbing until most of the gooey stuff is removed. Put another glug of turps on a clean part of the paper towel (unfold and fold a different way). Apply until all gooey is removed.


P.S. Buy dishwashing detergent, soap and turps in the supermarket.


Monday 25th of July 2022

I use Pam spray oil and it works great.


Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Great tip! Thank you!


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

The coconut oil and baking soda doesn't work. I tried it on 2 different items, one was a glass salad dressing bottle and the other was a glass cranberry juice bottle. The sticky on the cranberry juice bottle actually got worse. Yuk. What a waste!


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Hi Ruth! I haven't tried all of the submissions; they are from readers. So they probably don't all work on every surface! If it's not working, I'd go for some of the other suggestions.

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