Asked on Nov 9, 2012

How to get sticky grease off of glass?



Any tips on how to get greasy residue off of glass? I just bought some delicate glass "shades" for some wall sconces I have. They are covered in something really tough to get off. I tried Windex and it got a little off. Then just soap and water and that got some more, but I could be here a long time trying different things unless someone has something a little more powerful. Thanks for the help! (can't use anything abrasive, it might hurt the finish so nothing baking soda)
30 answers
  • Mary Insana
    on Nov 9, 2012

    You can try Goo Gone, or use a fabric softner sheet with diluted Dawn dish on it,Goof Off.

  • Carroll A
    on Nov 9, 2012

    Have you tried Goo Gone maybe it's not grease? I would also try Krud Kutter.

  • Debra D
    on Nov 9, 2012

    WD 40 will take off sticky stuff.

  • WD 40 works great for that. I agree, but Goof off works well also

  • Mary Insana
    on Nov 9, 2012

    I was going to say WD40 too. I've also used Pam pan spray in a pinch.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Nov 10, 2012

    I have washed some glass lamp shades in my dishwasher.

  • Val L
    on Nov 10, 2012


  • Lyndi F
    on Nov 10, 2012

    You must keep Krud Kutter in your home. It's great for lots of things, especially this.

  • Celeste W
    on Nov 10, 2012

    Cigarette lighter fluid is first in my line of defense on price tags and anything sticky. Almost always works miracles (I buy 8 ounce containers).

  • Marta S
    on Nov 10, 2012

    Goo Gone works well for me but not the gel, the liquid. Oil products dissolve the glue.

  • Anita VanRoekel
    on Nov 10, 2012

    There is a product called "Remove" that is used in hospitals, nursing homes, ect that should work. Look for it at places that sell surgical supplies like Medicine Chest

  • Shoestring Amy
    on Nov 10, 2012

    Regular ol' olive oil will do the job. Just keep in mind oils remove oils. (Even on oily faces!)

  • Janet Pressley
    on Nov 11, 2012

    Rubbing alcohol. Preferably in a spray bottle.

  • Melanie
    on Nov 11, 2012

    I was going to suggest baking soda. I use it on glass all the time and have never had scratches as a result of its use. Maybe some lemon juice mixed with your soap? It's natural and non abrasive. Never tried it but thought I'd offer a thought....

  • Jeanine Wester
    on Nov 11, 2012

    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I never thought of so many different options. I've heard good things about goo gone, but I will try some of the homemade solutions first. Free is my first choice. And we always have WD40 around so I will try that as well. I never knew you could use that to remove residue! Thanks everyone.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Nov 11, 2012

    @Jeanine Wester - I find the best glass cleaner is scrubbing bubbles - works great for lime build up on shower 1doors and windows that haven't been cleaned in a long time, and with minimal effort For vases, I soak them in water with baking soda and then scrub them lightly with a sponge with dish washing soap. Both work great. Let us all know what works best for you!

  • There are a lot of things that wonder chemical WD-40 can do and cannot do. Here is a link from Snopes that will outline the true facts. Scroll to bottom. And I stand corrected, it is NOT fish oil as I once was lead to believe. so oops on me.

  • Margita
    on Nov 11, 2012

    Rub peanut butter into the residue and let it sit for a little while (15-20 min.). Then wipe off the peanut butter with a paper towel and wash your glass with dish detergent. This works for me every time I am trying to get labels of containers.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Nov 11, 2012

    Be careful in how you use WD-40. I worked for a product safety organization in my past life and we had respiratory complaints when using this product for other than it was intended for. It does indicate to use in a well ventilated area, but people tend to ignore that warning when using for a different purpose. Always follow the warnings and directions for any product.

  • Nancy M
    on Nov 12, 2012

    Try "Un-du". It's liquid. It's for sticker, tape & label remover. It's acid free and photo safe so should be ok on your glass. I use it for scrapbooking. Works great for removing grease, tar, gum, candle wax and more. The price isn't too bad. Kind of hard to find sometimes. I think I found mine at Michaels. Walmart use to sell it. You'll find it in the scrapbooking area I think. Good luck!

  • Terri J
    on Nov 14, 2012

    De-Greaser sold by automotive stores - diluted or full force depending on how bad the surface is has always worked for me. Once the grease is gone - clean with Windex, vinegar and water or whatever.

  • Jeanine Wester
    on Nov 15, 2012

    Thanks everyone!

  • Cindy
    on Dec 11, 2014

    You guys are crazy if you use all of these chemicals on you glassware! Dish soap and water get it OFF! And a good hot rinse! BUT My question is why it a appears???? I have found it on ANY of my glass ware that I do not use regularly. My last house had hard water and this house we have a water softener [ Well water]. So that is not the issue. I always guessed it was some weird reaction with dust....BUT...... today I unwrapped an Apothecary Jar; deep in a closet, wrapped in 2 sheets of packing paper AND a plastic was so disgustingly greasy!!! I sure wish I could figure out this phenomenon...If any one has accurate answers I sure would like to know !!!!

  • Tomesha Kennedy
    on Dec 25, 2014

    why suggestions of others are CRAZY??? thxs all for ur suggestions... they all were helpful!!!

  • Tomesha Kennedy
    on Dec 25, 2014

    I just tried baking soda and that did the trick!!!! Thxs Melanie :-)

    • Bella
      on Jul 26, 2015

      Brilliant! You and Melanie are brilliant! Just tried this and it was so easy! Thank you!

  • Ahtram Tocss
    on Aug 1, 2015

    Dawn and hot water works for me!

  • Cindy
    on Aug 2, 2015

    Washing them is the easy part. BUT what makes a hazy greasy-like film appear AFTER washing and drying the glasses, after a few months. It isn't dust, we do not smoke and I hate cooking with grease. It is such a mystery to me.

  • ADifferentDirec
    on Aug 5, 2015

    Stanley degreaser works wonders. Very concentrated so a bottle will make several bottles which you can vary the strength.

  • Jud1016678
    on Apr 11, 2016

    I use degreaser a lot! Especially on stains on clothes! I tried Oxyclean and Shout, but the degreaser got greasy chili stain out!

  • Loretta
    on Dec 2, 2016

    Zep orange degreaser/cleaner from Home Depot. Smells wonderful as well since it is orange oil based. Then you can use it later for your stove fan cover that gets dirty and greasy, works fantastic. I used to be a dental assistant many years ago and we a,ways used orange oil for cleaning many products off of instruments.
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