This is soooo easy, I almost hesitate to put it in my ‘recipes section’. But, it is so flipping effective and awesome, that I can’t stop talking about it. I was already a fan of the sticker-removing properties of lemon essential oil, but the thing that made it that much more magical was this:
I had two mason jars that had glitter glued to the insides. The end result looked extremely ‘homemade’, but, having already dried a few years ago, I just used it to store random crap – never really quite happy with how they looked, but they were free and I LOVE mason jars so much, I couldn’t bear to part with them.
I would try, on occasion, to remove the glue using rubbing alcohol, scraping it off with a knife, a combination of methods, etc. but none of these worked – and in fact, it didn’t do a single thing to this gross glitter glue.
What did I have to lose, if I tried lemon oil? In fact, I had a lot to lose – lots of dried-up-4-year-old-glue-and-glitter, that is 🙂 🙂 🙂 – It took a couple of applications, but it worked!
- Lemon essential oil
- The sticky-residue/glue/goo/etc that you’re trying to remove
- Rag to wipe off the residue
- Add lemon essential oil to goo – depending on the adhesive strength, you may need to saturate the area. Let it sit for a couple of minutes – especially if it’s a really old piece of gunk.
- Wipe off area with rag.
- Repeat until all the goo is removed.
- Please note, while this works well on glass, plastic is another story. Some plastics seem to degrade when it comes in contact to lemon essential oil and I’m not quite sure which plastic compositions are susceptible to it. But, it worked on my suitcase (in the video below), so either proceed with caution if you’re dealing with plastic or don’t proceed at all (if it’s an especially valuable-to-you piece of plastic)!
Here’s a video for it: