How to Take Labels Off of Plastic


Manufacturers and retailers often apply labels or price tags to plastic cups, dishes and containers. No matter how much you scrub or how many times you wash the item in the dishwasher, the label often remains intact. If you do manage to remove the label, the tacky glue beneath can hang on for dear life. Fortunately, you can remove labels from plastic without scrubbing or scouring.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable oil
  • Dish soap
  • Apply vegetable oil generously to the label, making sure you coat the entire surface. Allow it to soak for 24 hours.

  • Try to peel off the label. If it doesn't come off easily, soak it in oil again for another 24 hours.

  • Remove any remaining glue by applying another layer of oil. Leave on overnight.

  • Wash off the oil and dissolved glue, then wash the plastic item in hot, soapy water. Rinse clean and dry thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • To avoid scratching the surface, do not use abrasive cleansers or steel wool on plastic items.

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