Goo Be Gone  DIY Adhesive Remover

I love to repurpose and recycle. Before I can use some of these items I have to clean them. This Goo Be Gone recipe is safe, natural and I'll bet you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already.

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You Will Need:     

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 tbsp baking soda

  • Small bowl

  • Measuring spoon

  • Spatula

  • Table salt (optional)

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How To Mix It All Together:

Pour the coconut oil and baking soda into the glass bowl.

Mix the two ingredients together to make a paste.

Keep mixing with the spatula until all the lumps are smoothed out and you are left with a paste. 

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How To Use It:

The adhesive remover doesn’t work very well on the label paper, so try to get as much of the paper off as possible.

You may have to soak the bottle in hot soapy water for stubborn labels.

Rub a generous amount of Goo-Be-Gone paste into the sticky area on your bottle or jar. This will work on plastic containers as well.

Massage it in for a few minutes to make sure the sticky area is saturated.

Leave the paste to soak in for about fifteen minutes.

Rub the paste a little more. You can use your fingers or an old toothbrush.

If you find that the glue is being stubborn, add some table salt (or cane sugar) to boost the baking soda’s abrasion.

Use a paper towel to wipe the paste off.

The glue and any sticker residue will wipe away.

Wash the bottle or jar in soapy water to remove any oiliness.

You can store your adhesive remover in a sealed container and keep it for later use. I store mine in the refrigerator. 

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What Will Goo-Be-Gone Work On?

Crayons on washable surfaces. If you have crayon on your walls, please make sure that the paint is washable. The baking soda is a little abrasive.

Sticker residue on glass, ceramic, stainless steel or plastic.

Cooked on grease in a frying pan.

Please Use Caution:

Oil can damage porous surfaces like grout or some granite surfaces.

Make sure that any painted surface is washable.

Always do a spot test before use.

Avoid using an extra abrasive agent like table salt on some surfaces like vinyl. It may scratch them.

Never leave lemon juice to soak on any porous surface like marble. The acid may damage it.

Read more:

Please go ahead and click on this link to read my article on Hubpages. It includes more information about natural adhesive removers. 

Goo Be Gone Diy Natural Adhesive Remover


Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.