Healthier/Greener Alternative to 'Goo Gone'

cathytx3February 19, 2011

I recycle a lot of my glass jars and want the labels off. Some will soak off but most leave a residue. I've been using Goo GOne and it works great but there's gotta be something "greener".

Thanks in advance.


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Do you need to remove the labels at all?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 1:14PM
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I am not following. The residue from the labels in not ''green'', right?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 5:07PM
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I recently purchased this Citra-Solv product in the Lavender scent. It removed label residue instantly. Smelled nice too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Citra-Solv

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 10:20PM
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Have you tried putting the jars in boiling water or using a heat gun - or hair drier - to melt the glue?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 9:35AM
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OIL! I'm at a hotel and all I have with me is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, but I just removed extremely sticky label glue a few minutes ago. It cleaned it off even better than Goo Gone. You could surely try other types oil.

Why do they have to sell Goo Gone at all? Someone in my house set Goo Gone on a table, and it ate right through the clear varnish and ruined the table. It must be horrible for the environment when there is a perfectly green alternative already in your home.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 3:53PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

I've found that very fine steel wool will remove all sign of any labeling on a glass jar. It will also remove the stickiness left on a plastic jar, but will scratch it. Being scratched, to me, is far better though than it having a sticky, gummy side down a plastic jar.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 9:59AM
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You should try letting them soak for a couple of days (even 4 or 5). I've always had great luck with just using a mixture of hot water and dishwasher soap.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 9:03PM
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A lot of green products are still destructive, Sheena. Think of the urushiol oil from poison ivy. Very natural and green!

I believe goo gone is mostly just citrus oils. Any citrus based oil will remove labels, varnish, crayon, etc....but it will also remove other things, so you must be careful with it.

So...if you want to be "green" you can just use orange or lemon oil.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2011 at 9:36AM
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The best and GREENEST way, use plain old vegetable oil, anyone who says it doesn't work probably isn't leaving it on long enough. It will in fact remove crazy glue even!
Tried every other method posted, and then thought about how, being a nurse, it's what I've told patients who stick their fingers together to use. Most get impatient and say it isn't working but then after 2 to 5 minutes....Unstuck! Then just wash away oil with hot warm water.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 2:15PM
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Goo Gone is NOT "just citrus oil" it contains petroleum solvents. It may not be the most toxic product around but it's not good for you and it's and bad for the environment - during its production and during use and disposal.

Please, don't assume things are "just citrus oil" etc - look up the ingredients. There is a US Health Dept database of household product ingredients, easy to find these things.

Contains Tripropylene glycol methyl ether and Distillates, petroleum, hydrotreated light

"First Aid: Inhalation: Move to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen and seek medical attention.Skin: Immediately flush with mild soap and water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if irritation develops. Remove contaminated clothing and launder before reuse.Eye: Immediately flush with water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention.Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. Get immediate medical care."
ASPIRATION HAZARD. Harmful or fatal if aspirated into lungs.Inhalation: May cause headache, nausea, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, convulsions and loss of consciousness.

MSDS for Goo Gone

US Dept Health Database

So, here is a cheaper and safer DIY idea: Home Made Gunk Remover

Here is a link that might be useful: Dept of Health Database entry for Goo Gone

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 1:41AM
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