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

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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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4 COMMENTS

  1. I need help!! I have my own cleaning company and recently cleaned for a new client. She has been covering her stainless steel refrigerator in olive oil. She read on-line that this is okay and helps the finger marks not show up. Now years of grease have built up on the frig. When I went to clean it I started in one small corner and my mircofiber cloth stuck to the frig. I tried Dawn dish soap deluted with water and it helped but took a lot of scrubbing. I could really tell where I stopped scrubbing!! Any ideas if what she has been using for years has ruined her stainless steel? Should I scrub with something stronger? I am very hesitant to clean the frig for fear that nothing will get what is on it off. When I touch the frif it has a sticky residue on it also which I think is grease.

    • This is a tricky one. A tiny drop of olive oil can help shine up stainless steel but it sounds like your client has been a bit olive oil happy. You need to cut through the grease without using abrasive cleaners or sponges. I would try with dish soap and a soft sponge to start and if that doesn’t do the job you can try an Enzyme cleaner. I would test an inconspicuous area first, spray it on, let it dwell for about 10 minutes then wipe away with a clean microfiber cloth. Best of luck!

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

  3. 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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