How To Remove Label Residue From Your Products

Removing labels and stickers from a product can prove challenging. Here are some tips on removing label residue from your products.

Rubbing Alcohol:

Rubbing alcohol is the best solvent for removing label residue from plastic, wood, and glass, and is generally safe for a wide range of surfaces. Wet a sponge or clean cloth and CAREFULLY use a razor blade or a credit card to scrape off residue.

For tough labels, place a soaked rag or cloth on the label and give it a few minutes to soften the adhesive. If it still won’t come off, give us a call. We’d love to assist you or try the other methods below!

Other Removal Methods

Fill a sink with hot water. Add dish soap. Submerge the label and let it soak for 15-30 minutes. Depending on the label’s adhesive strength, the length of time to soak the label will vary. For best results, soak overnight. Slowly peel the label from a corner. Wipe off leftover residue with a clean cloth.

Hair Dryer:

Heat the area just an inch away from the label for roughly a minute at a time with a hair dryer set on warm. The heat will melt the adhesive that binds to the surface of the product. Use a credit card or razor blade to carefully scrape up the sides of the label or sticker.

Goo Gone:

Goo gone sprays are great for removing stubborn sticky label residue. Just spray the area that needs to be removed and lay a towel on top for 15 minutes or more. Remove and peel from the corners of the label. Use a sponge or razor to carefully scrub or scrape away any  leftover residue.


Warm the vinegar in a microwave or stovetop. Without boiling, immerse your label in the vinegar or soak with a cloth for 15-30 minutes. Peel label from corner. The rest should follow. Scrape away leftovers with a sponge or a razer.

Different Surface Types

How To Remove Label Residue From Your Products

Surface 1: Glass

Glass labels can be removed by soaking them in warm water without soap. This works well for wine/beer/water bottles, glass picture frames, jars, and more.

Surface 2: Plastic

Plastic can be challenging for labels to adhere to, which is why manufacturers recommend stronger alternatives. This includes nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or hair dryers. They all attack the adhesive and reduce the difficulty of removing it. Examples of plastic containers include food jars and other storage containers, household goods, and children’s toys.

Surface 3: Textured, Metal & Tin

With textured or shiny surfaces, the best way of removing stickers or labels is to soak them with a wet rag and to let them sit until the facesheet and adhesive become weak.

Surface 4: Porcelain / Ceramic

Paper labels are often used on porcelain and ceramic items. At first, they are easy to remove but may tear into fragments and leave a sticky surface. Vinegar works well to remove the adhesive as well as any leftover residue from plates, mugs, and other houseware items.

Next Step, Order New Labels!

When it is time to label your newly cleaned containers, choose the best label material and the correct measurements based on your product.
Give us a call! We would love to help you print new labels for your business.

Have questions?
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