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Dec 30, 2010 08:12 AM
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How do I remove the residual glue from the sticker at the bottom of a Staub cocotte?

I won't come off with soap and water. I used Goo Gone to get rid of the glue on the outside of the pot.

Is it safe to use Goo Gone on the enamel inside the pot? Is there something else I should consider?

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  1. Safe, just wash well after. For delabeling wine bottles, I use a product called PBW (I think Professional Brewers Wash?). Really sticky stuff requires a good soak it it, but it contains no petroleum products. Available at most homebrew stores.

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    1. Either peanut butter or mayonnaise will remove any leftover adhesive. Works everytime. No chemicals, completely biodegradable.

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      1. re: Ambimom

        I've never heard of this before. Just apply peanut butter, rub it in, then wipe clean?

        1. re: NotJuliaChild

          Yup, that's all there is to it! I read this tip years ago in some newspaper and have used it ever since. It has worked time and time again. It's safe, environmentally friendly and non-toxic to pets and children. In a pinch, I've used vegetable oil too. The beauty of it, of course, is that any residue is completely gone with hot soapy water.

          1. re: Ambimom

            Stumbled upon this thread with a Google search. Chowhound, thou bringest together the most obscure questions about food and the kitchen :-)

            The mayonnaise worked surprisingly well on the outside of my Staub cast-iron enameled sauce pot. But not as well on the inside. I also tried rubbing alcohol which usually works OK. From past experience, Goo Gone works every time but am hesitant to use it because of fear that the petroleum distillate will damage the enamel. I prefer "natural" solutions, if possible. Perhaps I'll go buy a jar of peanut butter...

      2. Try cooking oil and a plastic scraper.

        1. Never saw any label glue that wouldn't come off with your good old WD 40.

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          1. re: trakman

            True, but why use chemical solvents when you don't have to?

          2. Alcohol will get rid of the sticker gunk brilliantly well. You can use rubbing alcohol (rinse well!) or a splash of vodka.

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