DIY Non-toxic Goo Gone Gunk Remover Alternative

DIY Non-toxic Goo Gone Gunk Remover Alternative

We all loathe those sticky adhesive messes left behind after a sticker is removed. Or that grease you just cannot get rid of no matter how many times you run it through the dishwasher…ugh. And being that we try hard to avoid toxins whenever possible, we had to find a natural, non-toxic alternative to Goo Gone.

What’s wrong with Goo Gone you ask? It’s an extremely flammable, petroleum-based adhesive remover that contains kerosene, PPG-3 Methyl Ether and D-Limonene.

According to EWG, PPG-3 Methyl Ether can contribute to the development of cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision. D-Limonene is highly toxic to aquatic life and is often contaminated with formaldehyde.

The Goo Gone MSDS also carries this warning, “Combustible liquid. May cause an allergic skin reaction. May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.”

Yeah, think we’ll steer clear, thank you very much.


GooNoMore Scrubbing Paste

Here are our favorite Goo Gone alternatives — safe, easy and effective. These recipes are enough for one sticker or gunk removal at a time, multiply as needed.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients into a loose paste.
  2. Dip a cloth, small towel or scrub brush into the mixture to retrieve a small amount.
  3. Apply generously to stickers, adhesive, grease or gunk that needs to be removed, rubbing and scrubbing vigorously.
  4. Repeat application if needed until adhesive is removed.

TIP: For especially stubborn goo, let the mixture set in for 3-5 minutes. Also, a good soak in water before using your homemade GooNoMore can help pre-treat the gunky mess for an easier scrub. Just be sure to dry before you apply.

NOTE: We don’t recommend using this recipe on untreated wood because the oil will soak into the wood.


Concentrated GooNoMore Liquid

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix both ingredients together.
  2. Dip a cotton swab into the mixture, fully wetting to the point of dripping.
  3. Apply generously to stickers, adhesive, grease or gunk that needs to be removed. A small scrub brush works best to remove the goo with this recipe.
  4. Repeat application if needed until adhesive is removed.

TIP: For especially stubborn goo, let the mixture set in for 2-3 minutes. Also, a good soak in water before using your homemade GooNoMore can help pre-treat the gunky mess for an easier scrub. Just be sure to dry before you apply.

NOTE: We don’t recommend using this recipe on untreated wood because the oil will soak into the wood.


What’s your favorite method of removing adhesive?

 

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Designed by Alicia Voorhies

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