Dissolve Sticky Residue With Lighter Fluid

So you've peeled that ugly sticker off your new gadget, but you're left with an ugly, sticky residue. Reader dealmaker17883 lets us know that you can wipe it clean with just a little lighter fluid.Assuming you can't get hold of Goo Remover, Goo Gone or similar commercial products, there are quite a few household items you can use to de-stick most surfaces—like hairdryers or vodka.

If you'd like to get it off without melting the plastic or wasting your precious vodka though, some lighter fluid will take it right off:

I have always found success using Ronsonol lighter fluid. It has never damaged plastics/polymers and wipes clean.

The real "elbow grease" comes from the lighter fluid's Naphtha, which can also be purchased as a standalone solvent.

This actually seems to be one of the more popular household de-stickers around the net (most people swear by Zippo's lighter fluid), so some of you may already know about this—but if you didn't, it's probably your best bet when it comes to things you already have lying around. As always, when you're playing with something like lighter fluid, be careful—make sure you get all the lighter fluid off your surface, be wary on the surfaces of electronics, and don't accidentally light anything on fire. Photo by Jaskirat Singh Bawa.


Comments

    What's wrong with good old Eucalyptus Oil. Works every time.

    I've found isopropyl alcohol to work very well. You can get it at electronics stores and Dick Smith.

    I've always used tea tree oil.

    I know it sounds pretty gross, but you can use body oil by rubbing your finger over your forehead, behind your ear or your nose (the outside!). Unless you shower every 6 hours, this one will work quite effectively - and you don't even need to go looking for that tiny bottle...

    Why waste money buying stuff you don't need and will only use for one use? Just wrap it in scrap cloth and soak it with a small amount of the wife's (or mum's) nail polish remover.

      I've used nail polisher on my laptop stickers and it's worked perfectly.

      Nail polisher FTW.

    Saliva works well. Only if it's a small bit of sticky residue like from a AMD/Windows Vista sticker on your laptop...

    If you need it to stick: Duck tape.
    If you need it not to stick: WD-40.

    Haven't come across a scenario yet where this doesn't hold true.

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