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borzoi | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi — I’m from Over the Fence, but I had a fabric question and, if it’s one discussed recently, please indulge me. 

My kids have left name stickers on their shirts, which I failed to notice because I always wash things inside out.  I washed them, ran them through the dryer, turned them right side out, and found a sticky mess.

My question is:  how does one get residual sticky mess off fabric, short of cutting a hole in it or burning it?  :}

Chicagoland Zone5

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  1. LindaG | | #1

    I have had good results in that situation with Citra-Solv, an orange-scented cleaner that is available at hardware stores around here (New England). I recall dabbing some on, letting it sit for a while, rubbing a bit and rewashing with the rest of the clothes that accumulated in the meantime...

    1. borzoi | | #4

      Thank you!!  I'll give some of that citrus stuff a try.  (I'm afraid of Goo Gone.)  Actually, I did try to get some of it off with a citrus based fruit & veg wash but I guess it wasn't strong enough and it was too expensive.

      1. diday | | #5

        Goo Gone instructions: "Citrus Power and Scientific Technology combine to defeat the toughest stains. Test all surfaces on inconspicuous area before using. If surface mars, discolors or fades, do not use this product. NOTE: DO NOT USE ON SILK, WOOL, LEATHER, VINYL, RUBBER, LATEX. MAY DULL SOME PLASTICS. WASH HANDS AFTER USE." Not shouting, it's all caps on the label. Other citrus-based products will likely have similar caveats, too, so good idea to test first. Good luck, let us know what works for you.

  2. diday | | #2

    I've used Goo Gone successfully for removing sticky label residue. It has many other uses, even removing ink and wax from fabric! See http://www.magicamerican.com/customers.shtml

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    Becky-book | | #3

    I have used De-Solve-It , another citrus based cleaner, it worked well for me.  Available at Wal-mart.


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