How to Remove Label Residue (easy & non-toxic)

I had a couple of sticky things to deal with this morning, glue residue left after taking the label off a plastic bottle and sticker residue left on a polyester sport shirt that inadvertently got washed with the sticker still on.

Let’s start with the bottle label. I had a great plastic bottle left over after finishing up my Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile soap. But after pulling off the label I was left with a lot of sticky residue all over the bottle. It’s kinda hard to see in this pic, but believe me, it’s there.

Plastic Bottle Sticky Label Residue

So I went online for a little research and found that Eucalyptus oil, rubbed onto an adhesive residue will remove it quickly and easily and it smells great.


However, I recognize that not everyone has essential oil of Eucalyptus hanging around, so I decided to try another recommended method, vegetable oil.

I coated the bottle with vegetable oil and let it sit for about 1.5 hours. Then I came back and rubbed on the label residue. The oil had definitely started to do something to soften it, but it just all mushed around as I rubbed instead of coming off. So, I let it sit another hour or so (of course the website I got the instructions from said to let it sit overnight, I just didn’t have that kind of patience!).

So after another hour, I tried again and yes, Voilà! The sticky label residue rubbed right off and now I have a lovely clean, clear bottle that I can reuse for body oil, homemade shampoo, or whatever.


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