DIY

Sticker Removal Test: We Tried 9 Techniques To See What Worked Best

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

If you’ve purchased anything like a mug or a plate, you’re familiar with the annoying issue of those stubborn barcode stickers. There is nothing worse than ruining a brand-new item by accidentally leaving half of the sticker behind when you try to remove it.

This is an everyday problem, but there doesn’t seem to be a widely practiced way of tackling the notorious issue.

In order to find out the best way to remove stickers once and for all, we put nine techniques to the test.

We tried white vinegar, dish soap, a hairdryer, rubbing alcohol, peanut butter, mayonnaise, baking soda and coconut oil, rust-prevention solvent, and borax.

Abrasive liquids like white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and the baking soda confection should help break down the stickers and make them easier to peel off. The hope for things like peanut butter and mayonnaise is that their smooth texture will help lubricate the sticker enough to be peeled off.

We also had plenty of tools on hand to help with the process. A boxcutter and kitchen sponge were essential to our process.

As you can imagine, some of the tests worked much better than others. In fact, some of the results ended up being pretty surprising.

Watch the video below to find the best way to remove stickers without making too much of a mess.

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