Here’s how to get sticky residue off plastic 

Learning how to get sticky residue off plastic in a snap with our guide. Whether it be stickers, labels, gum or glue residue, we’ve got the best glue removal methods to get you out of any sticky situation. 

How to get sticky residue off plastic: What you need

Removing sticky residue left from tape, stickers or labels can be a pain in the neck!  Before you reach for a straight razor or putty knife, keep in mind that even the hardest of plastics can be damaged with these tools.  

Here’s the list of tools you’ll need to remove adhesive from plastic:

  • Warm soapy water, white vinegar, or nail polish remover
  • A cloth
  • A plastic card, or other semi-hard object like a tongue depressor for gentle scraping 
In just a few steps, you can remove glue residue and stickers

How to remove glue residue from plastic

Once you’ve gathered your tools, you’re ready to tackle the job. Here’s what to do. 

  1. Saturate the cloth in either the warm soapy water, white vinegar or nail polish remover. 
  2. Place the rag over the area and allow for the solution to saturate the adhesive. Soak times will vary depending on the size and adhesion power of the residue. 
  3. Wipe away the solution (and the sticker, label, or glue) with the cloth. 
  4. Scrape away any remaining residue with a credit card or other scraping tool. Take care not to rip, scratch or puncture the plastic.  
  5. Repeat the process if any stubborn residue remains.
  6. Clean the area with a cloth and wipe it dry. If you’ve used oil or vinegar, you may need to gently wash away the odor.   
If the glue residue is soaked in water, it will come off easily

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For a less permanent hold, Loctite FUN-TAK Mounting Putty is a great alternative to glue or tape. Its non-toxic formula makes it safe for children and perfect for use at home and in the classroom. Hang laminated artwork, plastic posters or secure plastic tablecloths with ease and movability.  

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