What’s That Sticky Stuff? The Joys and Perils of Goo-Gone


Ah, Goo Gone, that bottle of orange smelling stuff that gets out adhesive. I was a big fan of Goo Gone for many years…until I had a bad run in with it and its true form took place.  If you are not familiar with Goo Gone it is a citrus based adhesive remover that can remove almost anything.  Even the fancy shellac manicure you got done. Yep, that is what happened to me. Normally I do not use gloves when I craft unless it’s a very harsh chemical. I figured Goo Gone was safe.  I was removing a sticker from a frame and after I was done I noticed my nail polish started coming off.  I was shocked (try explaining that to a nail salon). Another incident I had with Goo Gone was when I got some on my clothes…that stuff is very difficult to remove out of clothes and can ruin them.  After these two incidents I decided to find an alternative. Which I did 🙂

Better than Goo Gone

  • You just need equal parts baking soda and olive oil.
  • Mix in a bowl until you get a paste-like consistency.
  • Make sure you have removed as much of the label or sticky stuff as possible
  • Put the paste on the area and let it sit for a bit.  Use warm water on a rag and wipe clean..

*Note I like to use an exacto knife or a plastic knife, depending on the surface to help in the process of getting that last bit of residue off.

P.S It also gets that awesome printed expiration date off the jar too 🙂

This concoction is safer and less of a mess than Goo Gone.  If you also want to stay away from chemicals this is a better alternative.  Like with all things that are natural, they take a little longer to work so be patient.

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