Quick fix - hard surface label removal

Removing price and product labels can be a sticky business. Here's how to tackle the chore.

Stainless steel pan with bar code sticker - combined using Pixabay images
Stainless steel pan with bar code sticker- combined using Pixabay images

If you have ever struggled with removing a label from a product and its gooey adhesive, this tip is for you.
Goof Off

This "delightful" smelling chemical is purposed-made for the removal of stubborn labels and adhesive residue. It works as advertised and is s great choice if you don't object to the smell. You can also use Goo Gone if you prefer an alternative that doesn't smell and is more natural (uses citrus oils).

Chemical-free alternative

But what if you don't want to use any chemicals at all? Simple, just follow these steps. You will need a container to soak the item and label in, a sharp item like scissors, a scraper, and a towel.

Here's the procedure:

  1. Find a container that will hold the item.
  2. Fill it with warm water - enough to cover the label.
  3. Scratch the surface of the label to allow the water to penetrate.
  4. Soak for a few minutes.
  5. Scrape the label, adhesive and all, off with a hard plastic item like an old credit or library card. You can also use a single edge razor blade.
  6. Clean off the remaining adhesive, if any, with warm soapy water.
  7. Dry and use, label-free!