DIY Goo Remover

Goo remover is good to have on hand for a number of reasons: you can remove labels from jars, unidentified child mess, gum stuck in hair, glue from craft projects - you'll always be happy to have it in your repertoire.

This version smells a lot nicer than the kind you'll pick up in the shops, and you know exactly what's going into it, and therefore in to your home!


  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part melted coconut oil
  • sweet orange or eucalyptus oil

You essentially just need enough soda to make a paste so it clings to the gooey item and doesn't run down. The baking soda also acts as an abrasive to help remove residue.

Coconut oil is the easiest way to get the paste consistency right, but it's also possible with oils that are liquid at room temperature. Just keep adding baking soda until it's right.

Your choice of essential oil is a nice addition but not necessary if you don't have any on hand. Orange oils are often used in cleaning products but my favourite is eucalyptus. I love the smell and it's great for cutting through grease (I use it in washing too).


Mix together the baking soda and oil until it's nicely combined. I used a little less than 1/2 cup of each. The baking soda will be pretty resistant, but it'll come together in a minute or so.

Mix in the sweet orange essential oil last if you're using it - I used just a few drops for my batch.

The mixture will be very runny at first, but as the coconut oil begins to harden it will form a paste.

Make sure to store it at room temperature to keep the coconut oil from going rock hard.


For best results, peel away as much of the top layer of the label as you can.

Apply a thick layer to the whole area and let sit for a few minutes. It best to massage it in and warm up the oil a little. You should be able to peel away the leftover paper quite easily at this point!

I scrubbed at the adhesive right after applying and it started to come off, so that's pretty impressive. Then just give it a wash in warm soapy water to remove any of the residual cleaner.

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