How To Remove Sticker Residue From Clothing

I've gotten several questions about how to remove sticker residue from clothing, so I'm answering them here.

Julia asks:

Hi! Any tips on how to get sticky residue off of a pair of stretchy yoga pants? The size sticker left some behind :( Thanks!

Billie Jo asks:

I washed my son's new shirt, forgetting it had a giant sticker on it...what's the best way to get the sticky off?

Here's a picture that Billie Jo sent in of her son's shirt:

how to remove sticker residue from clothes

Taylor's answer:

Thanks for both of your questions. This actually just happened in our family recently, when my husband got some sticky substance from an old sticker on one of his athletic shirts from an old "My Name Is" tag.

The key is to deal with the stickiness before washing, and definitely before drying your yoga pants. If you wash and dry them the adhesive is even harder to remove.

What we did was use a little Elmer's Sticky Out adhesive remover on the spot and rubbed it on. Honestly, it really didn't look like it did much, and I chalked it up to a lost cause. But, I went ahead and washed the shirt separately as indicated, with extra detergent to wash away the Sticky Out, and then examined the shirt once it came out of the wash. The Sticky Out was successful to remove sticker residue from the shirt. I believe it will work for you too on your yoga pants.

Another product that should also work just as well is Goo Gone. I have successfully cleaned several pieces of clothing with sticky residue on them using the spray gel. Just try not to use more than necessary, because it generally takes a couple of washes to remove the smell from the Goo Gone, which is a strong citrus scent.

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I would suggest with either product that you first test, in an inconspicuous area, to make sure the sticker residue remover you choose does not discolor or harm your fabric before using it directly on the sticky residue.

I hope this helps you both remove the sticker residue. If you try my suggestions, I would love for you to write back and share with me if it worked for you or not!

***Update: There are also some great suggestions from readers in the comments below with even more ideas of how to get rid of this residue so make sure you scroll down to read them. ***End Update

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cooking spray and Scotch "Stay Clean" scrubbing pad
by: Donna C

My son left his race sticker on his nylon track shirt. We took off as much as we could easily by hand. I knew that oil based products such as Goo Gone and WD40, or peanut butter would work, so I tried cooking spray so I could more easily direct it to the problem areas. I scrubbed lightly with a Scotch purple "Stay Clean" scrubbing pad (affiliate) (cheese and egg don't stick), and the remaining pieces rubbed right off. Sprayed with Shout and put it back through the wash, it came out great!

Vinegar worked for me too
by: Anonymous

My daughter in law washed my grandson's new pants with the long sticker down the pant leg stating the size, .and put it in the dryer too. She said that she couldn't get it out. I pre soaked it in vinegar and then used a soft brush. Out it went. Thanks ever so much for the post.

WD-40 worked for me
by: Anonymous

I just washed and dried my daughter's black jacket without realizing there was a sticker on the front. I tried vinegar, but what worked like a charm was WD-40! Just sprayed it on and scraped the residue right off! Crisis averted!

sticky from label on microfiber chair seat
by: Anonymous

How to remove sticky from label on microfiber chair seat?

olive oil
by: Anonymous

Use olive oil and scrub the sticker off, then spray Shout on it to get the oil off. It's easier than having a separate product around.

this happens to me all the time
by: K

My job requires me to put stickers on my work shirts and I forget to take them off before I wash them. UGH! I hope thic an help me get the leftover paper and residue off!

Shout works for me, for lots of things
by: Myra

Hi Julia, let me tell you what I've used several times for this - Shout stain remover. I have used Shout spray for everything from Black magic marker on light beige pants to clothes that accidentally got color stained from other clothes that happened to get mixed up in the wash. Honestly I have not found anything that Shout wouldn't take out. Spray a good amount on the spot / or spots rub into the fabric lightly but firmly. (lightly meaning so as not to rub up the pile on the fabric.) Then just put it in the wash with luke-warm water. and dry as usual. Hope this tip helps you. (I've also used it on canvas shoes to take stains out--- works great. )

vinegar worked for me
by: Kay

My daughter left one of the "Hello my name is" stickers on her silky shirt and I washed it not knowing it was on there. I soaked the area with white vinegar and it came off and I washed it again to make sure no residue was left. Also used vinegar to get gum off of a chair cover and it worked.

Remove sticker residue from hard surfaces
by: Anonymous

I use WD 40 - it works like a charm.

Goo Gone or rubbing alcohol
by: Sarah

Goo Gone is a laundry lifesaver for things like sticker residue, gum, even Silly Putty that's been ground into clothing (don't ask!). I keep a bottle on hand at all times. Another thing that works pretty well is rubbing alcohol, as it dissolves the gumminess and won't generally make your colors run.

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