Easiest Way to Remove an Adhesive Tape


Adhesive tape is useful for a variety of tasks. Whether you want to hang your child's art with clear tape or repair cracked plastic with duct tape, the sticky adhesive helps to do the trick. The longer the tape is in place the more the tape adhesive adheres to the surface. Removing the adhesive tape and its sticky residue become more involved than simply peeling the tape away. Supplies around the home help remove tape and adhesive glue from surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Hairdryer
  • Credit card
  • Bowl
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Microwave
  • Clean cloths
  • Vegetable oil
  • Heat the site where the adhesive tape is stuck to the surface. Use your hairdryer, set to the lowest heat setting, to warm the adhesive tape and glue so it's easier to peel off.

  • Push the edge of a credit card underneath the corner of the adhesive tape. Lift enough tape to grasp the edge between two fingers and pull. Alternate heating the tape with the hairdryer and peeling it off until you've removed all the tape.

  • Place 2 tbsp. white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Warm the vinegar for 15 seconds. Dip a clean cloth in the warmed vinegar before laying it over the tape residue.

  • Allow the warm vinegar-soaked cloth to remain on the sticky spot for three to four minutes so the glue can soften. Scrub the surface with the cloth. As the tape adhesive balls up and rolls away from the surface move to a clean part of the cloth and continue to scrub.

  • Pour a quarter-sized amount of vegetable oil onto a clean, dry cloth. Rub the oil into any remaining tape residue to break down the stickiness and remove it from the surface. Clean the surface with vinegar to remove oil residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean adhesive tape off plastic or rubber surfaces with nail polish remover.
  • Substitute ammonia for vinegar to remove sticky residue.
  • Substitute baby oil or mineral oil to remove adhesive tape and its residue.

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