How to Remove Sticker Residue From Fabric

by Kathryn Hatter

Stickers that have been washed and dried on clothing leave a stubborn residue behind. Because the sticker glue residue has a plastic base, trying to remove it by scrubbing with soap and water will not successfully remove the residue. Before you give up and discard clothing that has sticker residue, there are several methods to try to remove the residue. These methods should remove all traces of the laundered sticker.

Items you will need

  • WD-40
  • Dawn dish washing soap
  • M-30 stain remover
  • Dull knife
  • Carbona Stain Devils Number One
Step 1

Spray the sticker residue area liberally with WD-40 to saturate it. Allow the WD-40 to sit on the stain for several minutes. Hand wash the residue area with the Dawn dish washing liquid. Wash the clothing again in the washing machine. If the sticker residue is removed, dry as usual in the dryer. If the residue remains, the WD-40 treatment can be repeated.

Step 2

Apply M-30 to the sticker residue area on dry fabric. Apply enough product to thoroughly saturate the stain. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. If the residue is especially severe, the M-30 can be left on overnight. Roll the fabric up to try to prevent the M-30 from drying out prematurely. Machine wash after letting the M-30 sit. If the residue has been removed, dry as usual in the dryer. If the residue remains, the M-30 treatment can be repeated.

Step 3

Scrape off as much residue as possible with a dull knife. Place a dab or two of Carbona Stain Devils Number One on an inconspicuous area of the fabric to make sure that the fabric is not damaged. If the fabric is undamaged by the product, apply enough Carbona to saturate the residue area and allow it to sit for several minutes. Scrape at the residue again with the dull knife after the several minutes has elapsed. If some residue remains, repeat the treatment. Rinse with warm water when the residue is removed. Wash and dry the garment as usual.

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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.