How to Remove Sticky Residue with Peanut Butter

Posted in Do It Yourself on Aug 07, 2012.

peanut butter removing sticky residue

If you’re like me, you buy a lot of stuff on sale. For some reason people at discount stores like to put price and clearance stickers where it’s the hardest to remove…! If an item is on clearance, that price sticker has probably been there longer than you can guess, resulting in a battle between your finger nails and the tape.

I’ve heard about this “Peanut Butter Sticky Tape” trick online. I was skeptical… It just didn’t make scientific sense to me! Sure enough, I tried it on a pair of shoes and it worked like a charm. You can use this trick for adhesive residue left on just about anything with these steps:

  1. Prep. Remove the paper part of the sticker or tape as much as you can. Sometimes this is a chore in itself. For an easier time, soak the paper in hot water first.
  2. Soak. With the sticky residue left behind, take a finger full of peanut butter and apply generously on top of the residue. Note the word generous – try to get a thick layer on there! I have used both JIF Peanut Butter and Trader Joe’s Organic Peanut Butter, both were equally effective.
  3. Time. The longer I leave the peanut butter on, the more effective I find this trick. With my experimentation, the optimal time seems to be between 10 and 15 minutes. If you wait too long, you may have more of a mess to clean up as the butter gets too tacky. If you don’t wait long enough, this trick won’t work.
  4. Wipe. Take a paper towel and wipe the peanut butter off along with the residue. Some areas may require circular rubbing to remove. The oil in the peanut butter should have slicked up the glue enough to swipe off fairly easily.
  5. Rinse. Either wash the item to make sure no peanut butter is left behind or use a cleaning solution to rinse the area. You’re done and now you are probably craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Have you ever tried this peanut butter trick? I’m actually pretty curious as to how this works. I think it has something to do with the oil, but I’m not positive how the oil works with the glue. Interesting! Regardless of the reason, my fiance knows that half the time I break out the peanut butter I’m not actually eating it.

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  • pmlancaster

    Another reason to love peanut butter~~

    • http://one-parade.com Marjorie | One-Parade.com

      I know right? If only we had a similar excuse for popcorn, pizza, and Starbucks…

  • Alix

    So cool! Thanks for sharing this! I used lighter fluid in the past to remove that gummy stuff behind by stickers but peanut butter sounds like such a better option and something I usually always have in the house. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lucinda

    THANKS for posting this! Was trying to find something that would remove packing tape residue from the inside of my new tub surround, and was in a panic to find something that wouldn’t damage the gloss finish. This worked like a charm!

    • http://one-parade.com Marjorie | One-Parade.com

      I’m so happy this helped someone! Thanks for posting this, it made my day. :) Glad to hear it worked for you. This trick has saved me so many times. There are harsher chemical options, but why even bother when you could just use peanut butter?

  • Nonnie

    I think it’s worth mentioning that this requires a little elbow grease (or at least it did for me). At first, I thought it hadn’t worked because the residue was still there when I started to wipe the peanut butter off. However, after rubbing it pretty intently it did come off. :-)