How to Remove Stickers Off Refrigerators

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Use WD-40 or rubbing alcohol to remove sticker residue from a stainless steel refrigerator.


Before you apply a cleaning solution, read the manufacturer's instructions. Some products may damage the refrigerator surface.

Quick tip for refrigerator art: Decorate with magnets instead of stickers. Those cute stickers with adhesive backing look great until you try to get them off. Then you're left with a sticky residue that isn't so attractive. The good news is you can remove the stuff fairly easily with an oil-based liquid.

Step 1

Remove as much of the sticker as you can -- you probably won't be able to get off all the backing. No matter what product you use to remove the sticky residue, rub it on the spot with a cloth or paper towel. Let it sit a few minutes, and clean it with a sponge or scrubber and soapy water. Wipe down with clean water and spray with glass cleaner if desired. Dry it, and you're done.

Step 2

Use something you already have in the house to remove the residue from a sticker. Vegetable oil, mineral oil and baby oil all work. A nice-smelling alternative is eucalyptus oil, which you can also use for other household cleaning tasks (see Resources below).

Step 3

Use a natural cleaner such as Goo Gone. It's also great for removing other "accidents," from chewing gum to crayon marks.


Barbara Dunlap

Barbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.