best adhesive remover

You know that I love to use old jars but I needed to find the best adhesive remover to get those sticky labels off the front. Spaghetti, salsa, and jelly jars are prime examples of jars that I love to save and reuse.

After my kids kept breaking the good drinking glasses, I figured why would I buy more! They are expensive and they keep getting broken.

As I was making dinner, about to throw the spaghetti sauce jar into the trash it occurred to me… this would make a perfect drinking glass! They are perfect for drinking out of! Plus they are basically free which is why I love them even more.

My problem in reusing these jars was trying to find the best adhesive remover to remove the labels on them. I had just used all of the Goo Gone and I didn’t want to buy more. That stuff is crazy expensive! Plus, the oily smell is kinda hard to get off your skin.


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I had to come up with a substitute with the stuff I already had at home that was cheaper than the name brand remover.

This best adhesive remover had to work too! I don’t mind a little elbow grease, but I don’t want to spend hours picking at a sticker with my fingernail.

That’s when it hit me…Coconut Oil!

Since we have been trying to eat healthier, I already had the coconut oil on hand. And, I had baking soda which can be used as a natural abrasive.

Bingo! My version of the best adhesive remover.

How did I make it? Check out the instructions below and let’s get busy!

best adhesive remover

Ingredients & Supplies:

To be honest, I simply “eyeball” the amount of ingredients to use and then smoosh them together in my fingers AS I rub them on the adhesive to remove it. Does it get any easier than that?

You could always mix up a batch of this and keep it in a jar so it’s always ready for any gooey project.

It is a 1:2 ratio of ingredients. You want to use about 2 times the baking soda as you do the coconut oil.

  • 1 Part Coconut Oil
  • 2 Parts Baking Soda

For easier removal, you may want to score and soak your item to get most of the paper off of it so you can get to the adhesive with the coconut oil. A small paring knife, scouring dish sponge and a pot scraper come in handy too.

best adhesive remover

Adhesive Removal Directions:

For the best adhesive remover, you’ll want to soak your item in hot water with a little soap.

I find it helpful to score the labels of any jars and glasses with a small paring knife so that the water can penetrate the label easily. Score diagonally from both sides in one-inch sections.

Let the glass or jar sit in the hot water for approximately 20 minutes.

With a pot scraper, scrape as much of the label off as possible. It may need to soak more if the label is really stuck on.

best adhesive remover

After you have gotten most of the label off, apply the coconut oil first, then sprinkle on the baking soda. Rub the mixture around with your finger and you’ll feel the adhesive coming off the jar.

If you’ve got a stubborn label, you might need to use a scouring dish sponge and reapply the best adhesive remover and scrub more.

Rinse the item with soap and warm water to remove the mixture and reveal your clean label-free bottle!.

best adhesive remover

What Does It Cost?

To clean the adhesive off a full spaghetti sauce size jar you’ll only need about 3 Tablespoons of the mixture total. Even less for a small salsa jar like I’m showing in these photos.

Look how cheap this concoction costs:

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil = 9¢
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda = 4¢

Total Cost = 15¢ per use

If you make it up ahead of time, you could store it in a clean Salsa Jar 🙂

To fill a Salsa Jar, use this recipe:

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil = $1.42
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda = 32¢

Total Cost = $1.74 per jar

At close to $5 a bottle, the name brand goo remover is so expensive. And this recipe wins for the best adhesive remover in my book!

This best adhesive remover is so great at removing all your gooey label needs!

Plus, this best adhesive remover can be made on the fly in seconds and it’s way cheaper than one you’d buy at the store.


YOUR TURN: What else would you use this best adhesive remover on? Let me know in the comments below!

best adhesive remover

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