How do I remove sticky label residue from a wine box?

by Bren
I recently obtained 4 wooden wine crates, each which had a big white label stuck to the end. I was able remove the label but it left sticky residue over the entire end of the box. Any suggestions on how to remove this? I want to stain the crate and put a stencil on the end but I can’t do anything until I get the sticky glue off the woDo.

  16 answers
  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 05, 2017

    Goo Gone will take the sticky residue off.

  • Jean Jean on Nov 05, 2017

    Smear some peanut butter on it. It won't hurt the wood. If you're going to stain after use a little diluted vinegar to help with the oil

  • Ande Ande on Nov 05, 2017

    googone should work

  • Krisihli Krisihli on Nov 05, 2017

    How about using a solvent such as lacquer thinner, no residue or Goop label remover. A heat gun and scraper might work as well, yet you will have to use a solvent to prep the surface so the wood accepts the stain.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Nov 05, 2017

    Hello! I just removed sticky residue from some new glassware I purchased. At first I tried Scrubbing it off with the rough side of a sponge after soaking the glasses in soapy water. No luck! Then I tried something I read about. I put a couple of drops of Dawn dish detergent directly on the affected area and then a couple of drops of white vinegar. I let that soak for just a few seconds and then rubbed the area with my finger and the sticky stuff immediately came off!


    a product called googone. You can get it at Walmart or meijer or just about any store.

  • LaNell LaNell on Nov 05, 2017

    Try a little bit of regular fingernail polish remover on a tiny corner of the sticky spot. I think this will remove the glue without leaving a spot of any kind like Goo Gone

  • LaNell LaNell on Nov 05, 2017

    Like Too Gone dwould.

  • Bamagirl63 Bamagirl63 on Nov 05, 2017

    Mineral spirits will do it.

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Nov 05, 2017

    Goof Off or Goo Gone -- Sold at Home Depot.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 05, 2017

    A little oil rubbed into the sticky area, .apply baking soda or cleanser, work it in and should scrub right off. Elmer's Glue makes a "sticky" remover that is excellent on residue and glue. It's with the glue in the craft section.

  • Crystal Crystal on Nov 06, 2017

    Try nail polish remover

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 01, 2020

    Hi Bren, WD-40 or Surgical Spirit will remove the sticky glue residue. I’ve also heard great things about Goo Gone

  • Dawn @ Designs By Gaddis Dawn @ Designs By Gaddis on Nov 01, 2020

    Awesome Cleaner from Dollar Tree. I use it all the time to get stickers off glass and to clean my Cricut mat. It works on just about anything!

  • Vivian Turnage Leese Vivian Turnage Leese on May 03, 2021

    I am an artist and I accidentally found the BEST way to remove labels and their sticky residue. Use 'Bug and Tar' (by Turtle Wax). This stuff works. Period.

    Spray or dab the milky liquid on the label or residue. Let sit about 15 minutes and remove label with a damp Terry cloth dishcloth. One caveat, Bug and Tar loses its punch after a few minutes. I have had no luck re-using it on another project.

  • Amazing Grace ! Amazing Grace ! on Dec 13, 2021

    One time I accidently dropped an entire gallon of Polyurethane on my paper bag floor. In a panic I began scooping it up with my hands. OMG, what a mess. After I got it off the floor my hands and fingers were stuck together. I tried everything, nail polish remover, paint thinner, soap, bar keepers scrub, you name it I tried it. I googled (with my sticky fingers) how to remove polyurethanes and the answer was simple. OLIVE OIL. Not Vegetable oil for some reason, but Olive Oil putting it on like hand cream, came off in a jiff.