How to remove sticker residue from plastic objects

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Find out how to easily remove price stickers from your new purchases

When you buy something new, it can be incredibly frustrating to find a price sticker on it. Especially since those stickers are nearly impossible to get off without leaving sticker residue on your new purchase. But with these tips, you learn how to easily remove sticker residue from your plastic items!


There are some different methods for cleaning sticker residue. And we will discuss them all. That way, you can go through your cupboards and find the supplies you have instead of having to buy more! And remember: not every method works for all plastic materials. So try and figure out whether it is save to use a certain method before you ruin your purchase for good.


The first method is also the easiest one. We all have water and we probably also all have dish soap. Add a little bit of dish soap to a bowl and mix it with warm water. Put the plastic item in the bowl and let the sticker soak for about fifteen minutes. After that, you can easily scrub the sticker and it’s residue off with a small brush.

Hair dryer

The second method we’re going to talk about, is the method of heating the sticker. Not all materials can be exposed to heat for a long time, especially when your item is made out of thinner plastic. So use this method with caution. All you have to do, is heat the area of the sticker for thirty seconds tops. After that, you can use some kind of scraping tool (or your nails) to pull the sticker off.

Peanut butter

An unconventional method for getting the sticker residue off your new purchase, is by using peanut butter. It turns out that peanut butter isn’t just a delicious topping for your sandwiches, it can also be used as a cleaning supply! Just rub some peanut butter on the sticker residue and let it sit for five minutes. Then wipe it off and wash the plastic item. After that, the sticker residue will have completely gone!

Other methods

If you don’t have any of the supplies needed for the methods mentioned above, then you can also use vinegar or olive oil. Put some olive oil on a paper towel and rub it on the sticker residue or put vinegar on a paper towel and cover the sticker residue with that paper towel. Let it sit for a little while and then try to scrape the residue off. Just make sure to also clean your item properly after applying these methods. You don’t want your new lunch box to smell like vinegar!

With these tips you will be able to remove all the sticker residue off of your new items and you will save yourself a whole lot of frustration!

Read more: Find out: what is the right way to clean your dryer?

Source: The Spruce | Image: Pexels, Andrzej Gdula