Whether it’s stickers applied to everything BUT paper or unidentified gooey substances left on the kitchen floor, there always seems to be something to un-gunk with little ones around. Fortunately, with just 2-3 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can make a non-toxic adhesive remover that really works. It can be used on:
- Old jar labels, which can then be repurposed to make beeswax candles, store herbs, or organize your DIY beauty products
- Removing sticker residue from hard surfaces*
- Wine bottles, which can be cleaned and then made into outdoor tiki torches (I love this wine company if you’re looking for a good one)
*If the surface is porous – natural, unsealed stone for example – the oil may absorb and discolor the surface. Make sure to check in an inconspicuous area before applying.
All you need is coconut oil, baking soda and a bit of essential oil if you have it on hand. Oh, and if you’re looking for simple solutions like this one, you can find 22 more uses for baking soda here.
DIY Goo and Gunk Adhesive Remover (Like Goo Gone)
- 1⁄3 cup coconut oil
- 1⁄4 cup baking soda
- 10 drops sweet orange, grapefruit or lemon (optional degreaser)
Blend all ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.
If you are removing a label, try to peel off the outer layer of paper before applying the goo and gunk remover. This will allow the mixture to penetrate more quickly. Spread paste onto sticky surface and let sit for 10-60 minutes – the longer it is left on the easier the removal process. Rub with a washcloth and rinse clean. Repeat if needed.
Important note: The baking soda in this formula is abrasive and may leave small scratches on certain surfaces, particularly plastic. Test a small area before applying it to the entire surface. I’ve used it very successfully with a variety of glass surfaces.