Tip of The Day - Removing labels or glue with WD-40

For this tip of the day I am going to talk about two of my favorite things in the universe. WD-40 and hydrogen peroxide.  They both have about a million uses and they are pretty cheap.  I will be showing why WD-40 is amazing for removing glue or labels. (You can buy some WD-40 here on Amazon)

Last night I went to Walmart to get a spay bottle of hydrogen peroxide.  I use hydrogen peroxide to brush my teeth (I know, I know.  I really AM a geek.  In my defense, hydrogen peroxide is used for teeth whitening, AND for killing germs and bacteria).
Hydrogen peroxide is also super cheap and I love the spay bottles that they come in.  This bottle was $1.50 which is as cheap (or cheaper) than buying just an empty spray bottle. So it is like buying an amazing spray bottle with free hydrogen peroxide. I use the bottles to put water in to spray my hair. It has a very fine mist that I like.

The problem is I don't like having a label on it when I put water in it. I recycle as many useful bottles as I can but find that the labels are difficult to remove. I discovered a trick a while ago that is amazing. WD-40.

Most labels glued to plastic either keep the label on securely so you can remove it, or leaves behind a glue residue.

I tried to remove the label, but it is too stubborn.

Welcome my bestest friend; WD-40.

Spray it on and let it set for a while.

Everything comes off super easy now.

You can see the glue smeared on the bottle. I don't know how WD-40 works its magic, but it somehow seems to melt the glue.

Sweet! I have an awesome water bottle for my hair! No glue to get my hands sticky.
(I should also mention that I after spending a few hours trying to get glue out of my hair (Halloween costume wound glue), I used WD-40 and it came right out)

 (You can buy some WD-40 here on Amazon)

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!


  1. This works like Magic! Thanks a million. I've been soaking, peeling, scraping and scrubbing for hours. The last few stubborn bottles had a sticky glue left which NOTHING else seem to dissolve. WD-40 had it off in seconds. :-)

    1. Glad it worked so well for you. I have always been amazed how it is able to seemingly melt glue like butter!

  2. I'm use this product long time to remove label from my laggege after traveling it's amazing


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