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How to Remove Sticker Residue from Clothing After Washing

I’m going to share a little trick I learned on how to remove sticker residue from clothing after washing…

A few days ago I bought some new fabric and when I received the patterns, they had little stickers on them to mark the name of the patterns and yardage. I thought I had removed all of the stickers before throwing them in the washer since I know you can easily ruin fabric or clothing after washing/drying it with a sticker still left on.  And I was WRONG.  One pesky sticker still made its way through the washer and dryer and much to my dismay, one panel of brand new fabric had a yellowed sticky mess on it.  Grrrr!

I was bound and determined to find a solution…I wasn’t going to let the brand new fabric sit ruined with a sticky mess on it.  I Googled and Googled…and all I could find were ways to remove sticker goo that had sooo many steps to it and so many products that I thought I’d ruin the fabric even more.  Then out of the blue one of my girlfriends gave me a suggestion I’m going to share with you all!

What you need to remove leftover sticky goo from stickers after washing/drying:

*The fabric or garment (make sure to read the directions on how to care for the fabric…if it’s not meant to be ironed, you can’t use this method)

*An iron
*Ironing board
*Paper towels

How to get rid of sticker residue after washing it / going through washer and dryer

*My friend said the sticky actually came off on to the paper towel when she did this…but I actually had to pick at it to get it off.  Once the goo is hot, it peels off easily!*


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    May 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    You should pin this then link up with's Wednesday Pin for the Wednesdays! :)

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      June 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Oops, I missed out. Maybe this Wednesday! :) Thanks for the heads up!

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        Teresa Brown
        March 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Great Idea! May I add to it? My daughter left a 2×4″ sticker on a cardigan sweater so it was a little trickier since it wasn’t a firm fabric. I did your technique and then used packing tape to lift off the sticky residue and it didn’t compromise the knit fabric at all! Thanks again!

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    January 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This really works – it is amazing!! Thanks!

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    April 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I just got through removing a sticker that my son had forgotten to remove from his favorite shirt. It had gone through the dryer and he was so depressed. He will have a nice surprise in the morning!

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      May 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Glad I could help save his shirt. :) I only wish my mom would have known this to save my favorite shirt back in the day, lol!

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    April 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    What heat setting should the iron be on?

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      May 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Jamie, sorry that I’m just seeing your comment now. I had mine set on the cotton setting. :)

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    July 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Thanks so much for posting this! Super easy and effective!

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    Molly Boren
    August 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Worked like a charm on my son’s handsomest shirt! My previous strategy had been to put an identical sticker over the baked-on one, but I’ve run out so this was a winner. Thanks!

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    December 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you! I thought I ruined my sons new shirt I just washed and dried on high!
    I had to pick at it a touch, but it all came off.

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      May 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I’m so happy that it worked for you and his shirt was saved! :)

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    sarah brewster-scott
    May 8, 2014 at 3:26 am

    This worked like a dream, i didnt have kitchen towel, toilet paper worked just as well then rubbed with a T towel. Thank you so much

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      May 16, 2014 at 10:50 am

      So glad to hear it worked for you! :) It’s saved me a handful of times!

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    March 26, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Thank you, I will try this tonight! My grand daughter has ruined several tops with stickers. Doctors and teachers should place the stickers on their hands, not their clothes!!!

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    January 10, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Worked perfectly–thank you.

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    July 24, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Brilliant! Thanks. It worked a treat on my daughter’s PE top!

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