How to Remove Sticky Adhesive Gum Residue

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush or bristle brush

  • Laundry pre-soak stain remover

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Boiling water

  • Plastic mesh pad

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Nail polish remover

  • Cloth

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Baby oil

  • Damp, soapy cloth

Stickers, labels and other adhesive items can be a pesky problem. Trying to remove these items can leave behind a sticky or gummy residue. The good news is that there are natural ways to remove the adhesive residue without harming the item. Before trying to remove the sticker or label, use a hair dryer and apply heat to the item. This will help to loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove.

Removing Adhesive Residue from Clothing

Step 1

Place the clothing in the freezer long enough so the adhesive residue hardens.

Step 2

Brush the harden residue with a toothbrush or bristle brush.

Step 3

Cover the spot with a laundry pre-soak stain remover and allow to sit for 10 minutes and launder as usual.

Step 4

Rub rubbing alcohol onto the adhesive residue. Use your clean fingers to remove the softened residue. The rubbing alcohol method can be used as an alternative to the placing the clothing in the freezer.

Remove Adhesive Residue From Glass Bottles and Jars

Step 1

Soak glass bottles and jars in boiling water for a few minutes.

Step 2

Remove the jars from the water carefully and use a plastic mesh pad to scrub the adhesive.

Step 3

Rinse the bottles and jars with dishwashing soap and water to remove any residue left on the bottle or jar.

Removing Adhesive Residue from Plastic

Step 1

Apply nail polish remover to a clean cloth or directly onto the residue.

Step 2

Rub the nail polish remover into the residue in a circular motion. Rub from the center of the residue toward the outer edges.

Step 3

Rinse the item with warm water and allow to dry.

Other Removal Methods

Step 1

Apply distilled white vinegar or baby oil to the residue.

Step 2

Rub either the vinegar or the baby oil into the residue until it is removed.

Step 3

Wipe the area with a damp soapy cloth or sponge and allow to dry.


Always test any adhesive residue in a small, inconspicuous area. If there is any damage to the item, discontinue use.