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Remove Glue, Adhesive, and Sticker Stains


Remove Glue, Adhesive, and Sticker Stains

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Got a little glue on your shirt. It might be tempting to think that it will come out just fine in the wash. But if you aren't careful glue, adhesive, and stickers can be left permanently on your clothing.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. To Remove Stickers

    If you have a stubborn sticker that doesn't want to fully come off of your clothes, there are a few different things you can try. Start with an ice cube. This is especially effective if there is residue of the paper stuck to the clothing. Rub the sticker stain with an ice cube to freeze and loosen the sticky adhesive. If this doesn't work, you can try rubbing a little cooking or baby oil into the stained area to help loosen the sticker. Then fully rinse the stained area. Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stain and wash normally.

  2. To Remove Glue and Adhesive

    For glue and other water-based types of adhesives, use a spoon to remove any excess glue. Try rubbing petroleum jelly into the stain, picking out any pieces of glue that become loosened. Then to remove the petroleum jelly, rub dish soap into the stained area and rinse thoroughly with the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. Repeat until no more glue remains before washing in the washing machine with the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.


  1. Be gentle when pulling loosened pieces of the glue, sticker, or adhesive from your clothing. If you pull too forcefully, you may damage the fibers of the clothing.

What You Need

  • Ice cube
  • Cooking or baby oil
  • Spoon
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap

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