My son has a sticker collection. Unfortunately, he doesn’t keep his collection in a nice neat sticker book. Instead, most of them end up on the furniture in his room. A few of the stickers are proudly displayed on his favorite shirts or hoodies.
My heart drops when I remove an article of clothing from the dryer and see the residue from a forgotten sticker. Why does it always happen to the newest piece of clothing they own? Ugh!
Just last week, this happened to my son’s favorite shirt. His nice clean shirt had a big, ugly, dirty-looking, sticky mess right on the front. Normally, laundry stains are big a challenge for me, but I was determined to remove it this time.
First, I put the shirt over a cookie sheet so I had a hard surface to work on. I put the cookie sheet, which was now wearing the shirt, into the kitchen sink.
Second, I pulled out my spray bottle of Goo Gone and a toothbrush. After saturating the sticker mess with Goo Gone, I brushed gently but firmly in a circular motion with the toothbrush until the residue was gone. This leaves a grease spot on the clothing instead of sticker glue.
Next, I soaked the area with warm water and squirted a generous amount of Dawn dish liquid on the same area. Once again, I used the toothbrush and scrubbed the soap and water into a lather. I rinsed the spot with hot water. Then I repeated the scrubbing with soap and rinsing with hot water a second time. The grease spot was gone.
Finally, I washed the shirt as I normally would. It came out of the wash like it was brand new! The sticker residue was completely gone. The few dollars spent on Goo Gone was well worth it. I think I’ll attack the stickers on his bedroom furniture with it next.