Asked on Aug 24, 2014

Removing label sticky from plastic bathtub.

Dona Fellows
by Dona Fellows

We installed a new plastic or fiberglass bathtub and have removed most of the sticky residue but there is still some left that we cannot get up. We've tried scrubbing bubbles, WD40, alcohol, baby oil and gently scraping. So far nothing works! Suggestions?

  24 answers
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Aug 25, 2014
    Try Pam or Avon Skin So Soft bath oil.
    • Jane Goodwin Jane Goodwin on Aug 25, 2014
      @Adrianne C I know SSS will work because if you use it you can't even keep those little non-slip decals on the tub. I used to be an Avon District Manager and SSS was always a great and terrible product to deal with.
  • Michaela Mc Carthy Michaela Mc Carthy on Aug 25, 2014
    Try olive oil!
  • Cheryl Opdendries Cheryl Opdendries on Aug 25, 2014
    Try a product called Goo Gone,it dose work.
  • Lori Lori on Aug 25, 2014
    Try WD-30 or Goo be Gone. Both have worked for me in the past.
  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 25, 2014
    Use a hairdryer to loosen it and then use GooGone
  • Debbie Hitesman Debbie Hitesman on Aug 25, 2014
    The Mr Clean magic erasers work well on stickers, price tags.
  • Gail Gail on Aug 25, 2014
    Goo Gone is great for removing things. Also there is a product called Awesome that I have found in Dollar General stores. It lives up to it's name. Very good cleaner full strength or diluted.
  • Kat Kat on Aug 25, 2014
    Contact the manufacturer. They should be able to tell you. Also find out exactly what your tub is: plastics, fiberglass, acrylic- different surfaces use different cleaners and it may be important so you don't kill the shine.
    • Dona Fellows Dona Fellows on Aug 30, 2014
      @Kat Lol...thanks Kat. Have no clue who the mfg is.We bought the last one that had been a display model. When my son and brother in law installed it, they ripped the paper out of the bottom.
  • Carol T Carol T on Aug 25, 2014
    Also becareful of any spray or chemical as it may make the base slippery.
  • Susan S Susan S on Aug 25, 2014
    Heat the label with a blow dryer, use a razor blade scraper to lift the label and keep advancing with the blow dryer, if there is residual left, use goo gone
  • Linda T Linda T on Aug 25, 2014
    Hometalk had a suggestion just yesterday! I haven't tried it, but it sounds logical. Citrus air spray, soaking the paper, just peels off, according to the writer.
  • Moxie Moxie on Aug 25, 2014
    I use lighter fluid to remove stick labels
  • Tammy Tammy on Aug 25, 2014
    rubbing alcohol has worked miracles for me on other surfaces. I would give it a try. It got sap off my car windows. Hairspray off windows. Have not tried it on plastic. But, it is inexpensive and non abrasive. Just an idea. : )
  • Mama Faye Mama Faye on Aug 25, 2014
    Use baking soda and vegetable oil. I use it to get labels off of blue beer bottles. Works wonders and cheap too.
  • Lyla Lyla on Aug 26, 2014
    Toothpaste works just fine. Apply some, scrub it a bit and leave it on a while before washing off.
  • Get Goo B Gone at Walmrt. Takes candle wax off easily
  • Sandy Tromin Sandy Tromin on Aug 26, 2014
    Goo Gone is the name of a product that takes off labels
  • PATTY PATTY on Aug 30, 2014
    I use coconut oil to remove labels and all things sticky on hard surfaces. Non toxic and it will not harm the surface.
  • Dona Fellows Dona Fellows on Aug 30, 2014
    Thanks for your input everyone. The paper was already peeled off. We are just trying to get the last of the glue off. I have a lot of the suggested products on hand. WD 40 didn't cut it, but I have a brand new bottle of rubbing alcohol.
  • Sheila Sheila on Aug 30, 2014
    rub in a little peanut butter, wait 10 minutes and wipe it off with a paper towel. Works every time on all sticky labels
  • Linda Jung Linda Jung on Sep 14, 2014
    Make a paste with backing soda and oil and rub the paste all over the sticky. Leave while you wash the dishes. Go wipe it up and should be gone. You could use creamy peanut too! Good Luck!
  • Pam Pam on Sep 16, 2014
    Try Goo Gone? I use it for everything. You can get it at Wal Mart or Lowes
  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 15, 2022

    Hi Dona, Goo gone is my go to for sticky stuff, it won't hurt your tub either, hope this helps you out.