This adhesive remover recipe is a natural homemade goo gone that delivers the same results without all the harsh chemical additives. Use with confidence.
DIY Adhesive Remover
Why bother making your own natural adhesive remover? A few things come to mind:
- it’s less expensive
- you control the ingredients so you can make it non-toxic
- creating things is fun and rewarding
- you can formulate it to have several uses.
One of the greatest things about natural DIY products is that many of them have multiple uses. This is rarely the case with store-bought products.
Example: would you ever use your store-bought deodorant as an exfoliating scrub for your face, and as an adhesive remover? Probably not. BUT, when you make your own all-natural products, you can formulate them to be used in several applications.
I had a homemade deodorant mixture of coconut oil and baking soda that was a little heavy on the baking soda, making it too strong for my underarms. But I hate being wasteful, so I kept it and repurposed it as an exfoliator for my face. After coming across this article, I knew I could also be using it as an adhesive remover to get sticky labels off jars, or price tags off new purchases.
Safety Concerns of Commercial Adhesive Removers
The EWG safety guide gives Goo Gone a safety rating of “C.” You will also you’ll find they have this to say about it:
Top Scoring Factors: May contain ingredients with potential for cancer; damage to DNA; nervous system effects.
What about Goof Off, another popular adhesive remover currently in stores? Well, the EWG safety guide gives that product a safety rating of “F.” Further, they have this to say about the general safety of the product:
Top Scoring Factors: Poor disclosure; May contain ingredients with potential for cancer; damage to DNA; respiratory effects.
I’m not sure about you, but that is concern enough for me. So, let’s talk more about making our own natural AND effective adhesive remover!
Adhesive Remover: Natural and Homemade
It might seem counterintuitive to get gummy labels off with an oil-based adhesive remover, but it works like a charm! In the past, I had tried using straight orange essential oil to get stickers off things. Sweet orange oil has wonderful de-greasing power when used for cleaning or beauty. However, it did not always work when used to remove gummy, stuck-on labels.
I had also tried plain baking soda, along with lots of elbow grease, and I just wasn’t happy with the results. Well, what do you know, the combination of baking soda and a little oil makes labels and stickers slide right off. It’s the perfect recipe for an adhesive remover, a.k.a. homemade goo gone!
Adhesive Remover: Homemade Goo Gone
- Remove as much of the label or sticker as you can before beginning. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mash together with a spoon or small spatula until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply adhesive remover with fingers or a cloth, rubbing it in until label/sticker is completely gone.
- Wash with warm water and soap to remove any leftover goop or oil.
Voila! The label is gone. (Just so you know how well this stuff works, I couldn't tell where the label had been when I went to take the "after" picture. I think I showed you the wrong side - ha!)
The best part - I don't have to recycle glass containers just because I'm dreading the hassle of removing the labels. Now, if I could only find more space to keep my glass jar hoard.
You can store your adhesive remover in a sealed container and keep for later use.
This DIY adhesive remover also makes a fabulous moisturizing facial exfoliant! With the addition of sweet orange essential oil, it's perfect for oily skin.
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