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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.