How to Remove Sticker Residue from Clothing After Washing

I’m going to share a little trick I learned on how to remove sticker residue from clothing after washing…

A few days ago I bought some new fabric and when I received the patterns, they had little stickers on them to mark the name of the patterns and yardage. I thought I had removed all of the stickers before throwing them in the washer since I know you can easily ruin fabric or clothing after washing/drying it with a sticker still left on.  And I was WRONG.  One pesky sticker still made its way through the washer and dryer and much to my dismay, one panel of brand new fabric had a yellowed sticky mess on it.  Grrrr!

I was bound and determined to find a solution…I wasn’t going to let the brand new fabric sit ruined with a sticky mess on it.  I Googled and Googled…and all I could find were ways to remove sticker goo that had sooo many steps to it and so many products that I thought I’d ruin the fabric even more.  Then out of the blue one of my girlfriends gave me a suggestion I’m going to share with you all!

What you need to remove leftover sticky goo from stickers after washing/drying:

*The fabric or garment (make sure to read the directions on how to care for the fabric…if it’s not meant to be ironed, you can’t use this method)

*An iron
*Ironing board
*Paper towels

How to get rid of sticker residue after washing it / going through washer and dryer

*My friend said the sticky actually came off on to the paper towel when she did this…but I actually had to pick at it to get it off.  Once the goo is hot, it peels off easily!*


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  1. Kristyn says

    Thank you so much for this! I just got through removing a sticker that my son had forgotten to remove from his favorite shirt. It had gone through the dryer and he was so depressed. He will have a nice surprise in the morning!

    • Morgan says

      Glad I could help save his shirt. :) I only wish my mom would have known this to save my favorite shirt back in the day, lol!

  2. says

    Worked like a charm on my son’s handsomest shirt! My previous strategy had been to put an identical sticker over the baked-on one, but I’ve run out so this was a winner. Thanks!

  3. K says

    Thank you! I thought I ruined my sons new shirt I just washed and dried on high!
    I had to pick at it a touch, but it all came off.

  4. Vicki says

    Thank you, I will try this tonight! My grand daughter has ruined several tops with stickers. Doctors and teachers should place the stickers on their hands, not their clothes!!!

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