How To Remove a Sticky Label or Stubborn Price Sticker

Use this trick to remove a sticky price sticker

Pity the poor security people who work at places like Ross, Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx. They must have had to deal with an epidemic of people switching price stickers on already-discounted stuff. Why else would they affix such impossible-to-remove price stickers to their merchandise? The adhesive sticks fast on even the slipperiest nonstick surfaces, and to further deter easy removal the stickers are perforated in about sixteen places. This is all fine and well as a security measure, but what about us honest citizens who purchase something and do not care to enjoy said item with its price sticker forever affixed?

I’ve wrecked fingernails and tried razor blades, soaking in hot water, and solvents like Goo Gone and rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn stickers. These methods all have the unfortunate side effect of sometimes ruining the very thing you’re trying to preserve. When I finally discovered the magic trick to remove the stickers, I knew I had to share it with you.

First heat your iron to its lowest setting. You’ll also need a little scrap of fabric or a thin cotton dishtowel to protect the item while you get the sticker off. I used a small scrap of paper towel. Very gently and being careful not to touch the item with your iron, run the pointed part of the iron over the fabric or paper towel covering the sticker.

Remove a stubborn sticky price sticker with this trick from Happy Simple Living.

Test the sticker and see if it will cooperate now. If it doesn’t peel right off, hit it a couple more times with the iron. You may need to raise the temperature a notch or experiment a little bit. Just go slowly and err on the side of caution so you don’t melt anything except the stubborn glue on the sticker.

How to easily remove a price sticker, from Happy Simple Living.

As you can see, after about ten seconds with the tip of the iron this sticker came right off of a cellophane-covered package.

Remove stubborn price stickers with this tip from Happy Simple Living.

You readers are so smart you’ve probably been happily ironing off your price stickers for decades, but for me this discovery was life changing. How about you? Have you ever tried this tip?

Keep calm and carry on! Hugs and happy Monday,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

14 thoughts on “How To Remove a Sticky Label or Stubborn Price Sticker”

  1. Such a great idea! I’ve never heard of this and will most definitely try it! I too have been through knives, razor blades, or my nails trying to eliminate these price stickers especially from intended gifts. Thank you Eliza!

  2. I’ve gotten those stickers off well by just using a blow dryer on them for a few seconds. I would think that is easier than an iron.

  3. Another option is anything that has oil/fat in it … mayonnaise, peanut butter, butter, cooking oils. Let the oil sit for a minute or so, and the adhesive is broken down. It will wipe right off. This even works on most books.

  4. I don’t have a dryer or an iron. But I did buy about 100 items from Marshall’s when I was buying my house. I’ve spent countless hours trying to remove Marshall’s stickers. Nail polish remover seems to help most since I don’t have an iron.

  5. Thanks for the tip. What’s especially annoying is when they stick the tags on the front of something. Picture frames, books, framed paintings or pictures. I have never understood why they would do that.

  6. OOOOMG, I can’t believ how easy and fast that was. THANK YOU for sharing. Thise Ross price tags are the reason I sometimes pass on buying gifts there.


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