The 10 Best Adhesive Removers

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Few things are more annoying than the residue that labels often leave behind. Whether it's on the lenses of your new pair of sunglasses, a delicate crystal vase, or the back of your cell phone, the sticky stuff is never welcome. Thankfully, any of these adhesive removers can handle the dirty work for you. All you have to do is take your pick and banish that goo from your life forever. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Goo Gone Pro-Power

2. Duck Brand Remover

3. Rapid Tac Rapid

Editor's Notes

November 19, 2020:

Most people know the name, and because it lives up to its reputation, Goo Gone Pro-Power still takes the top spot. This large 1-quart container should last you a while, and it's safe for use on many surfaces, including wood, ceramic, glass, plastic, and more. Duck Brand Remover and Goof Off Pro Strength remain strong alternatives. Keep in mind that this Goof Off, as well as 3M Auto Advanced, contain some relatively harsh chemicals, so use them only in well-ventilated areas and be sure to keep them far away from heat and flames. If you'd like something more gentle, consider instead GoopAway 100% Natural. It can help you remove everything from stickers to gum, and has a lifetime guarantee for your peace of mind.

As for options designed for use on skin, Sensi-Care Sting-Free is a go-to for many, although it certainly can't be called inexpensive. As its name suggests, it doesn't sting like some, since there are no harsh dyes or perfumes, or even alcohol, to irritate the skin. For something with even greater portability, we added Smith & Nephew Uni-Solve Wipes, instead of liquid Uni-Solve. You could toss a few of these in a first aid kit easily, but be aware that they should not be rubbed over open wounds or mucous membranes.

October 09, 2019:

We've kept a selection of options designed for use on varying surfaces and in different scenarios, so there should be something to help you whether you need to remove adhesive from the new, expensive drinking glasses you just bought or the bumper of an old car. Taking top spots are two options from names you'll probably expect, Goo Gone and Duck Brand. They are relied upon for a reason: they work. We decided to add one highly eco-friendly choice, too, GoopAway 100% Natural. It might require a little more soaking time than the competition, but if you have extremely curious kids or pets in the house, it could put your mind at ease (although you should still endeavor to keep it out of reach of young hands). And, finally, for medical applications, we've kept Sensi-Care Sting-Free and Coloplast Brava Spray. They both work well, but the former seems to last a bit longer.

Special Honors

Sentinel Formula 717 Although Sentinel Formula 717 is likely to be overkill in most household situations, it's a strong choice for construction workers who need to remove mastic residue. It comes in a big 5-gallon pail, so there should be plenty to get the job done, especially since it's a powerful gel.

4. Goof Off Pro Strength

5. Sensi-Care Sting-Free

6. 3M Auto Advanced

7. Coloplast Brava Spray

8. Smith & Nephew Uni-Solve Wipes

9. Goo Gone On The Go Pen

10. GoopAway 100% Natural

Melissa Harr
Last updated by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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