If you’ve ever attempted to remove a sticker from your computer, two things usually happen:
- It comes right off
- Unsightly sticker residue left behind
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the second situation. Rather than scratch at the remaining bits with my precious fingernails, I turned to the Internet. Here’s the method that worked for me:
What you’ll need
- Cotton swab/cotton ball/tissue/napkin (any absorbant wipe works fine)
- Plain-white toothpaste
- Apply a pinch of toothpaste to the surface of the sticker
- Rub surface in circular motion
- Apply a couple drops of water
- Continue scrubbing until sticker comes off completely
Use just enough toothpaste to cover the entirety of the sticker’s region.
Using your cotton swab, begin to scrub the sticker surface in a circular motion. Do this a couple of times.
Gently add some water onto the surface. This can be done by squeezing a wet tissue or napkin.
Target the edges and weak spots. The sticker won’t go down without a fight!
Yup, toothpaste is quite versatile. If you remember, I previously recommended using toothpaste to combat scratches on your electronics.
There are probably endless household products out there that you can use. I chose toothpaste because most people have them at their homes (you do right?).
eHow also has a video(posted below) where they recommend various liquids/solvents you can use to remove those pesky stickers from any type of surface; glass, plastic, metal. One main difference in their technique compared to the one I described is that they let the liquids sit for 3-4 minutes before attempting to scrub the sticker off. I didn’t follow that technique, but came up with the same end result. Let me know which one worked for you, and if you’ve got a better solution!