How to remove sticker residue from glass

By | July 15, 2016

Remove stickers from glass

You try peeling out the sticker from glass and it comes out, but leaves a sticky layer behind that is quite difficult to remove.

1. Soak in dishsoap

If its a glass bottle like vinegar or wine with a big product label that you wish to remove, do not waste time doing it with your own hands. It is going to take a lot of elbow grease.

Instead do this. Mix about a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with water in a small sized plastic container like a mug or washing tub. Stir the solution well so that the dishwash liquid mixes properly.

Now put the bottle in it in such a way that the whole label sticker is submerged in the solution. Let it sit for about an hour. The label will soak the solution and give away. Later on, just pull out the label and it should come off without leaving any residues on the glass.

If its a plastic glass, fill it with water so that it sits in the solution. This technique should work well with glass crockery as well. You can remove those brand labels from glassware.

If there is any sticky glue residue left, rub with olive oil. Afterwards, clean and wash with regular soap.

2. Hot water and oil

This trick should work with glass bottles and jars. Rub some oil on the label all over and around the edges so that it gets into the adhesive beneath the paper. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then put the thin in hot water, making sure that the label is fully under water. Let it stay for few hours.

Pull the jar out and try peeling. The label should come out easily without any effort. Afterwards if there is any adhesive residue left on the glass, rub again with some oil and wash with soap. To remove the adhesive layer you can also use vinegar or lemon juice on it.

When using oil to rub the sticker, you can also mix a little baking soda in it. The abrasive nature of baking soda helps remove the sticker faster.

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can be effective in pulling out stickers that don’t have powerful adhesives. It can be used on glass windows, glass tables and mirrors. However, try not to use it on glassware in the kitchen.

Soak a sponge or cotton ball with plenty of alcohol and wet the whole sticker with it. Let it stay for few minutes so that the alcohol can do its work. Then rub the sticker swiftly and watch the sticker and the adhesive come off.

If you don’t have rubbing alcohol at home, try hair spray or aftershave lotion. Both of those contain lots of alcohol and can do the trick.


Acetone acts as a solvent similar to alcohol and can be used to dissolve adhesives. You can either use a acetone based nail polish remover, or even a non-acetone nail polish remover should work.

Again keep in mind to not use this technique on kitchen items. Use it only on glass windows, glass tables and mirrors. Apply nail polish remove on the sticker and wet it thoroughly. Then rub with a cotton ball or sponge.

WD-40, lubricants, thinners, lighter fluid

Note – This should not be used with bottles, jars and glassware meant for food. Keep them away from your kitchen. They are industry grade chemicals and highly toxic.

If the sticker is on the window glass of your car then you can try removing it with some petroleum based solvent or lubricant like WD-40 or even kerosene.

First remove the thick paper of the sticker using your own fingers. Scrape of as much as you can. Avoid using any sharp metal object like a knife, as it can streak and scratch the glass surface permanently.

Once done, spray very little lubricant oil on the sticker residue, enough to wet it properly. And then rub with a sponge. The adhesive under the sticker would slowly give away and the whole sticker residue would fall off. Afterwards you can just clean the area with soap water.

Extra tips and advice

Avoid using any industry grade lubricants or solvents like WD-40 or kerosone, or lighter fluids. They can lift the label in a minute but they are toxic chemicals you should keep out of your kitchen and away from any containers meant for food. However, you can use them elsewhere like your car window, or glass structures elsewhere.

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