How to remove sticker residue from plastic bottles and containers (for soap, shampoo, and more) It happens all the time: you make a purchase of a great new product only to discover that it is packaged in a plastic container and the sticker label is nearly impossible to remove.
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Which adhesive removal technique to try depends on the type of object you’re trying to remove adhesive residue from and what you have on hand in your cleaning closet. Read on to learn the perfect solution for conveniently removing sticky label residue from plastic surfaces.
In this quick post, we will show you a DIY method for easily removing old price labels from your favorite plastic containers without scratching up the surface or leaving a sticky mess behind. A combination of heat and dish soap removes label adhesive quickly and cleanly, with little fuss or elbow grease required! Plus, the container doesn’t end up with leftover residue that needs constant attention–a problem many people face when using other chemicals to remove labels. This technique can be used on almost any plastic, including hard-to-remove opaque plastics that are often difficult or impossible to remove old chemicals from.
What removes sticker residue from plastic
If you have ever tried to remove adhesive residue from a plastic surface, you know how frustrating it can be. Cleaning up after removing stickers or sticker residue is an incredibly difficult task, not to mention time-consuming.
The key is finding the right tools for the job. There are many household items that can remove adhesive without scratching your plastics – these are just some of them:
Rubbing alcohol works best on hard plastic surfaces like CD cases and cell phone covers (it may not remove inkjet printer stains). Vinegar will remove adhesive from soft plastics like rubber duckies or inflatable toys; however, vinegar might corrode metal objects like keys or coins that also happen to be in the same cleaning solution. Baking soda will remove stains from hard plastics, but not remove the adhesive itself. Polishing creams remove sticker residue without scratching plastic surfaces, though they might also mar painted objects.
Nail polish remover will remove inkjet printer stains and ink writing, but it is very flammable and could cause surface damage if used on other types of plastics.
Oil rubbed or boiled linseed oil can remove stickers without damaging the plastic – do not use this method on printed surfaces! WD-40 can help remove dried adhesives by loosening them with its petroleum distillates, but it may discolor some plastics over time.
Removing Sticker Residue From Plastics With WD-40
To remove sticker residue from plastics with WD-40, begin by removing the sticker. Spray the WD-40 directly onto the label or any adhesive residue. Let it sit for five minutes to remove as much of the sticky substance as possible. Gently remove the loosened residue with your fingers or a cotton swab. If necessary, use another cotton swab moistened with WD-40 to remove any remaining residue! Note that this method works best on nonporous plastic surfaces like CDs and sunglasses; do not use it on painted surfaces or printed items, which will be damaged by petroleum distillate!
Removing Sticker Residue From Plastics With Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great way to remove adhesive residue from plastic. Just mix a little baking soda with water to make a paste, and rub it onto the adhesive residue. Let the paste sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
If any residue remains, repeat the process until it’s gone. Be sure to rinse the area afterward with water to remove any baking soda residue.
How to remove sticker glue from plastic
There are a few ways to remove sticker glue from plastic. You can use a household item like olive oil or peanut butter, or you can use an industrial adhesive remover.
If you want to try using a household item, put a small amount of olive oil or peanut butter on a cloth and rub it into the glue. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with another cloth. Be sure to clean the plastic afterward with soap and water to remove all the oils or peanut butter.
If you want to try using an industrial adhesive remover, follow the instructions on the bottle. Be sure to read the warning labels and use appropriate safety precautions when using any chemical product.
How to remove sticky labels from plastic bottles
There are a few ways to remove sticky labels from plastic bottles. The easiest way is to soak the bottle in hot water and dish soap for a few minutes until the label loosens. You can then use a scrub brush or your hands to remove the label. Another way is to use vegetable oil or cooking spray to loosen the adhesive, and then use a paper towel or cloth to wipe it off. A third way is to use acetone (nail polish remover), but this can be harmful if ingested, so be sure to avoid contact with eyes and skin.
Tip for removing adhesive labels from plastic.
First, try soaking the label in hot water for a few minutes to soften the adhesive. Then, use a blunt object like a butter knife or spoon to pry the label off. If that doesn’t work, you can try using some Goo Gone or petroleum jelly to help loosen the adhesive. Finally, use a dishcloth or paper towel to wipe off any remaining residue.
How to remove labels from plastic jars
Removing labels from plastic jars can be a challenge without the use of some good tools and products. Most people probably just remove the label by soaking the jar in warm, soapy water or peeling off what they can before running it through the dishwasher. While these methods work, if you’re removing multiple stickers/labels from glass or metal surfaces, the residue left behind can be difficult to remove without some extra effort.
To remove labels from plastic jars more effectively, start by using an adhesive remover solution like Goo Gone or Remove-Zit; both of which you can find at most major retailers in spray bottles. These cleaners break down sticky residues quickly and effortlessly without damaging the surface underneath.
Now, remove the label by using a scraper tool in conjunction with your cleaner of choice. Start at one corner and remove small pieces at a time until the entire label is removed safely without leaving behind any sticky residue or paper particles.
When you’re finished removing the labels, remove any excess adhesive with an adhesive remover solution and a lint-free cloth.
For a really stubborn, dried-on adhesive that doesn’t come off with warm water or soap, try using a plastic razor blade instead of a scraper tool to remove the label. They’re inexpensive and easy to find at any major retailer in the hardware department.