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Getting Price Tags off of Cookware

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So I recently bought some assorted kitchen items, all of which had many different tags on them (price tag, manufacturers tag, etc....) getting these stickers off has been a chore, and removing all of the gluey residue nearly impossible. any tricks out there for doing this?

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  1. Buy some Goo Gone. It is handy to have around for just that purpose.

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    1. re: Candy

      3M also manufactures a sticker-removing product in a small, black spray can. It is the best stuff I've ever used (Goo-B-Gone included) and makes the whole room smell of oranges. I used some on my desk at work to remove some old Scotch tape, which was covering various interoffice phone numbers, and my co-workers commented on the wonderful smell all afternoon.....tee hee.

    2. Try "goo gone"--sold in most supermarkets.

      1. Dish soap and warm water.

        1. Oils can act as solvents for label adhesive, as can lighter fluid.

          1. Heating up a price tag (hold a hair dryer on it for 30 seconds or so) really helps the tag (and residue) come off easily. This will not help your current predicament, but may prevent it in the future.

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            1. re: wmk

              WD-40 works very well to dissolve and remove the gummy sticker residue. As someone else said, the goo is oil soluble. I've also used vegetable oil in the past.

              And the hair dryer idea is also a great suggestion. That also works to remove decals.

            2. Someone else suggested lighter fluid, which works well. So does nail polish remover.

              1. In the absence of Goo Gone, different things work for different ware:

                -nail polish remover
                -an eraser
                -soaking with warm water, then using a dish soap with strong grease removing abilities (Dawn with OXY, for example)

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                  JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                  Go with WD-40. Goo Gone will work, but it is some nasty, nasty chemical stuff... one company I worked for banned it from use.

                  Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                  1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                    Your post made me curious, so I checked Goo Gone's material safety data sheet (MSDS) on line (link below). It's actually not exceedingly toxic (or chemically complex). It's naptha (i.e., lighter fluid) with some inert chemicals added for odor. Naptha is a light petroleum distillate not unlike gasoline - obviously something you don't want to be breathing in a confined space, or using around open flames, but otherwise not all that bad as chemicals go.

                    Link: http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~jsm...

                    1. re: FlyFish

                      Naphtha? That's lighter fluid, which some of us might remember as an ordinary around-the-house commodity. Or even may have used in surreptitious wicked-little-kid experiments...(gee, you mean I could torch ants with GooGone?).

                      It's what I use, anyway. Works on anything...and now that I know what it is, maybe I can just get some lighter fluid and avoid that too-strong orange scent!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        OSHA may be the poster child for government-out-of-control in some cases, but their regulations regarding MSDSs are great. You can usually Google up the active ingredients for just about any commonly available name-brand household or industrial chemical product. It's pretty amazing how some of them are just dirt cheap chemicals with a little scent or color (and a big price tab) added.

                  2. As mentioned by some other posters, oils work... and the easiest source to work with is margarine. Just pull the bulk of the sticker off and smear some margarine over the sticky residue. Wait 10 or 15 minutes and wipe off with a cloth or paper towel. You may have to use a little elbow grease or repeat the process, but it's much less toxic than goo gone.

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                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Vaseline works too

                    2. We have 'Gojo' hand cleaner in a gallon jug with a pump dispenser in our garage. We mainly use it to get grease off our hands after working on the car, or to remove tree sap after cutting down and trimming our Christmas tree, but it also does a nice job of removing sticker glue. It also has a nice orange scent that's not overpowering.

                      1. Get som Goo-Be-Gone at Ace or Home Depot. It works like a charm and quickly!