DIY Goo Gone – Day 16 – 31 Days of DIY Cleaners


Removing something sticky or adhesive can be a challenge, and if you don’t want to stock a bottle of the double G in your cleaning cabinet, whip up your own on an as-needed basis to quickly remove adhesive.  Now, because it is a greasy product by nature (oil helps to deactivate something sticky), the surface will need to be cleaned with glass cleaner or all-purpose afterward — just to cut the grease.

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 5 drops of lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime essential oil (something citrus-based)

Mix this together in a bowl and rub on affected area.  Leave for 10 minutes and then remove with a paper towel using a buffing motion to lift any stubborn stuff off.  Rinse well and clean with a degreaser to remove the oil.

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  1. I have always used 90% Isopropyl Alcohol. It takes off any adhesive and leaves no oil behind.
    It also disinfects as well.

  2. Great to know! Glue residue is tough to remove so this tip will come in handy. If you want to prevent glue residue when you peel a label off. Hit the label with a warm hairblower for about 30 seconds. The label will then peel off cleanly and not leave residue behind. (Be careful that the surface can withstand the heat… I wouldn’t use it on glass as it can crack with a rapid temp change)


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