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Oct 12, 2006 01:29 PM

Removing label stickers

I am having trouble removing label stickers from wooden spoons that I recently bought. The sticker itself came off after some effort, but it remains sticky to the touch. Does anyone have any recommendations for how to remove the residue?


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  1. My dad was always the expert at getting off stickers on anything... I think he used Goof Off the most.

    1. Nail polish remover will certainly work, but it might soak into the wood and leave a lingering smell. Give them a good scrubbing under hot water, and go for the polish remover if that doesn't work.

        1. re: Dim Sum Diva

          I'm with Goo-gone. I usually use my fingernails but Goo-gone for the tough ones.

            1. re: Dim Sum Diva

              I don't like that Goo Gone odor. If the spoon ended up smelling like that, it would go in the trash.

            2. NO! Don't ruin your good spoon with solvents.
              Good old fashioned washing soda does the trick. Soak the spoon in warm water (so it doesn't absorb the washing soda). Mix 2 Tbsp Washing Soda in a quart of warm water and put the sticky side in to soak. 1 hour later wash away your goo.
              Works great on glass jars and useful looking plastic containers.
              Da Cook

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              1. re: Da_Cook

                When you say "washing soda," is this the same as baking soda?

                1. re: pikawicca

                  Not exactly. Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate. Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate. Washing soda has a pH of 11 and Baking Soda 8.1. Washing Soda should be used with gloves as it is caustic.

              2. I know peanut butter works to remove labels on glass--it might work on your spoon, too.

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                1. re: AppleSister

                  I second the PB trick. I use it on everything. Mayo is also said to do the job but a very thin smear of PB is highly visual and viscous enough to stay exactly where you put it. It also cleans up with the wipe of a paper towel once the sticker is removed.

                  1. re: rainey

                    Save the paper towel; let the dog (or DH) lick it off.

                    1. re: OCAnn

                      You feed your dog adhesives? Poor puppy!!!