Products to remove adhesive labels

There are a range of common products that can be used to remove adhesive labels, and you might have heard of some of the following methods before. First, we’ll begin with our own best-selling product!

Digesil 1000 Gel

Designed for the quick removal of acrylic adhesives, Digesil 1000 Gel is fast-acting and effectively dissolves adhesives. It’s also gelled, meaning that it can be used in tough to reach or awkward, overhead places. It’s also biodegradable and environmentally friendly!


Steam dissolves adhesives in a chemical-free, eco-friendly way. A steam cleaner can be used to remove adhesive labels and their residues with no mess. Simply aim the steam towards the adhesive label and it will quickly begin to lift. It’s best to use tweezers to remove the label as it will be hot, and you can easily scald your fingers.

Boiling water

Boiling water is another method which you can use to soften glue from a surface, making it easier to remove adhesive labels and their residues. Take care when using boiling water so as not to scald yourself!

Cooking oil

Cooking oil can be used to remove adhesive labels. The oil acts as a solvent by breaking down the chemical bonds within the glue when left on the label for around 10-15 minutes. Once the adhesive label is fully soaked and softened, it can be removed with a plastic scraper. A clean rag can then be used to remove any excess oil hat’s been left behind.

Rubber eraser

Did you know, you can use the rubber eraser from the top of a pencil to remove small bits of adhesive label residue? Simply use the eraser to buff away any residue glue that’s been left behind from other removal methods.


Vinegar is another common product that can be used to remove adhesive labels. Soak a rag with white vinegar and leave this on the target surface for around half an hour. This should dissolve the sticky residue and make it easy to wipe away.  

How to remove adhesive labels from different surfaces

Different methods of adhesive removal will work better on different surfaces. So, whether you’re trying to figure out the best way to remove adhesive labels from glass, plastic, metal or wood, we’ve got you covered!

Remove adhesive labels from glass

The best way to remove adhesive labels from glass is by applying rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and then polishing with a clean cloth to get rid of any residue. This is a non-abrasive method of label removal which will leave your glass surfaces residue-free and scratch-free too.

Remove adhesive labels from plastic

When it comes to removing adhesive labels from plastic, the aim is to avoid scratching the material, while also leaving it spotless. Vinegar can help, or try soaking the item in warm and soapy water (only if no electronics are involved, of course!).

Remove adhesive labels from metal

Metal surfaces can withstand heat application, so a steam cleaner (or even a hairdryer) can help remove the adhesive residue. The heat will loosen the stickiness and then hot, soapy water can be used to clean away any bits of label or glue that are left over.

Remove adhesive labels from wood

Wood is a porous material, meaning there are many solutions that are unsuitable for wood applications due to the absorbent nature of the material. Specialist products should be used for wood, and commercial cleaning solutions are ideal for this kind of application, leaving no mess or damage behind.

Hopefully this guide has made the process of removing adhesive labels somewhat easier! Why not browse our full range of eco-friendly adhesive removal products to find the best product for your applications?

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