It’s donation season! It is also the season for gift wrapping. It’s fun to choose decorative paper rolls and store enough scotch tape to see me until Christmas 2025. not fun is trying to peel off price stickers on all of my purchases. The uphill struggle is so real that it can sometimes feel like a lose-lose situation.
Basically, I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: leaving the prize on a giveaway or leaving a crass, gooey mess instead. Enter my new vacation troubleshooting hack: Goo gone.
I was first introduced to Goo Gone when I was a kid. My mom always had a bottle of it in the laundry room because my siblings and I always had gum stuck to our clothes. I feel like I haven’t lost this habit since recently I had chewing gum stuck to the back of one of my cycling jerseys. I first tried washing the jersey with two high quality laundry detergents. However, the gum remained in place. Then I tried the age-old trick of freezing the jersey before trying to remove the dried pieces of chewy candy. It was not a success either.
It’s a best-selling formula on Amazon
Before I completely ditched my swimsuit, I decided to follow in my mom’s footsteps and buy my own bottle of Goo Gone. the original 8 ounce bottle is Amazon’s bestseller in Craft Adhesive Removers and costs just $ 8. (To replace the jersey, I would have to spend $ 80.) It also has an impressive 4.6-star average rating out of almost 16,000 reviews.
I opted for the gel spray formula, which offers the same grease removal capabilities but in a spray version that allows the product to cling to vertical surfaces. In color and consistency, it reminds me of an orange colored Windex. It smells strongly of orange like Pine Sol smells strongly of lemon.
How it works
the Goo Gone Spray Gel can be used safely on many surfaces including clothing, plastic, finished wood, cars and carpets. According to the product description, it works on just about anything that sticks. Think: eraser, glue, paint, duct tape residue, tree sap, candle wax and more.
Because it’s orange and a bit oily, it’s important to do a spot test before going into town on a sticky stain. The instructions say to wash clothes treated with Goo Gone separately the first time you wash them after use. Obviously, the instructions change slightly depending on the surface. For the award stickers on the candles in glass holders, I simply spray the Goo Gone on the sticker, let it sit for 2-3 minutes, then wipe it off with a paper towel or peel it off with my fingers. The sticker often comes off in one piece!
For my cycling jersey, which is 93% polyester and 7% elastane, I simply applied a spray of Goo Gone to the gummy part. Then I dabbed the area with a paper towel and picked up the gum residue with my fingers. It’s gone in seconds! Finally, I washed the swimsuit and let it air dry. Have I noticed a color change in the fabric? No! It looked good like new.
There are even special Goo Gone formulas designed to work on the skin and hair. I get IVs for bi-weekly chemotherapy and would like my nurses to use the Goo Gone Dressing Remover on me in the hospital. The worst of my three hour treatments is when they tear off the IV strip and bandages. This “bite-free” formula costs just $ 11 and has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of almost 3,700 reviews.
While you can’t go wrong with this adhesive-removing formula, most products in the Goo Gone family are bestsellers in their respective categories – there are plenty of other top rated hacks to get you through the holiday season.
What I like
I love that Goo Gone does exactly what he says. The best part is, I don’t have to worry about breaking my fingernails trying to scratch off prize stickers anymore, which is a big concern for me during the holiday shopping season. I buy a lot of freebies from TJ Maxx because everything is so cheap, but I hate how tacky the bright red discount stickers look. They are also very sticky in terms of grip. However, with Goo Gone, they get away with it as easily as I imagine.
I can’t say I like the strong smell, but it usually goes away if I wipe it off with mild soap and water. I’m also not crazy about the grease factor (which I only really experience when I use it on surfaces that I can’t rinse off afterwards). For example, on cardboard boxes it can leave traces of fat like after eating potato chips. It’s still a small price to pay a product that actually works.
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