Homemade Goo Gone

Homemade Goo Gone - just two everyday ingredients!

I’m unreasonably excited about this simple recipe for Homemade Goo Gone. Earlier this week, I was working on a craft project and found myself in desperate need of goo gone. I could not find the bottle I thought we had. Since it was nap time, and I did not want to put my project on hold, I started brainstorming.

I tried vegetable oil, and that was softening the leftover label, but I needed something abrasive. So, I grabbed the baking soda and made a thick paste with the vegetable oil. It worked perfectly.

Homemade Goo Gone


1 part vegetable oil
2 parts baking soda

Stir together until paste is formed. Then, use a paper towel or your fingers to apply. Work the mixture into the residue until it releases from the surface.Wash off with soap and warm water.

I was prepping my surface for paint, so I used rubbing alcohol to clean any oil residue left behind.

That’s it, just wanted to pop in and share this quick idea. We may in fact have goo remover in the house, but I can never find it when I need it. I love the homemade version because I always know where those ingredients are!

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  1. What a great idea! Pinning for future reference!

  2. Woah!!! Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! I hate the smell of the actual stuff so this is great 🙂

  3. Brilliant! I used glue dots in jam jars for votive candles, and didn’t want to use chemicals to remove the residue before reusing them for jam. I also hate the smell! This worked perfectly! Green, economical and clever! You also have the best cookie recipes in the whole internet universe, but my pants don’t fit anymore because of cookies in mugs!!!

  4. Totally genius! My dad’s always buying this stuff anyway, so yay for saving money!

  5. how inventive are you? and you made the jar so cute too – rock on girlie!

  6. Love it! I’m excited to see what project you were prepping!?!?!?!

  7. Just made this…..AMAZING!!!! Thank you!!!

  8. I WILL do this! No more store bought Goo Gone for me! I HATE the odor of it, and the odor will not go away.
    THANK YOU!!! for saving us from the stink of GOO GONE, you genious!

  9. This is so awesome! Who knew! Thanks so much! 🙂

  10. Anonymous says:

    can’t wait to try this as I can make it from what I have in the house…thank you and love PININTEREST.

  11. Saw this the other day and bookmarked it. Tried it today and loved it! I have some left over in a jar that i’m reusing. Thanks!!

  12. Genius!

  13. I love this idea! How long has it lasted you in your container?

  14. Hi! I found you on Pinterest, and had to try it out. Worked fabulously! Thank you for sharing!!

  15. I will try this and will let you know if it works. Cleaner Jobs

  16. This is awesome and very creative mind involved it, thanks for the recipe. I’ll be back later for some great reading…
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  17. Merci :-)))

  18. I will definitely be making this up. I use baking soda to clean my granite countertop. It does not have the chemicals a purchased cleaner does. Sprinkle baking soda on the top and scrub with a wet cloth. Works beautifully!

  19. Would this work with Canola oil?? I don’t know what the basic dfference is between the two! I would love to make this up, I hate goo gone and because of that I never have any in my house.

  20. Canola oil will work perfectly!

  21. That’s so easy! Who would’ve thought!?

  22. I have been using baby oil as goo gone for a couple of years now. The trouble I had was that it spread all over. I never thought to add it to baking soda! Thanks so much for the tip!

  23. I just Lund your Ite love your granite cleaner &homemade goo-gone… I can not use the “real”goo gone as it makes my heart have xtra pppitations &i get hyper smelling it? Makes you wonder? But yours is ALL natural.THANKS. Looking reward to more cool things from you.

  24. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am using it to remove residue from labels on my jars 🙂


  25. So excited to make this!! I love the label. Is that colorful tape? Where do you buy that?
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    • It’s called washi tape. You can buy it on Etsy, or Michael’s has started carrying it as well in the Reflections scrapbook line. They call it decorative tape. It’s like really thin masking tape and you can use it for so many things! I love it!

  26. I made this today and loved how easy it was to clean my jars I am going to use for bath salts ( Christmas gifts ). Thanks for the recipe! I’m posting this one to Pinterest!

  27. I can never find my bottle of goo gone either! Baking Soda and Oil I can find. Thanks

  28. Followed a link from another blogger who shared your recipe on “Hometalk.” It’s quite popular b/c it made a top 10 award there!!
    I can’t wait to try to make this….certainly must be cheaper than Goo Gone.

    I’m going to pin your recipe to Pinterest….so it links to your blog.

  29. shantalle says:

    Wow I accidently put my hand on some fly paper (GROSS) and your recipe did the trick! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  30. WOW!! I used it on a sock that had some kind of candy or gum that was hard and red stuck to it. It came right off and took the red out too!! Thank you so much for posting!!

  31. I tried this today and it was GREAT. How do you store it?? just room temp?

  32. KY Jelly works good at removing sticky labels as well

  33. How genius is this. Thank you so much for sharing. I just found you from http://todayscreativeblog.net/. I will be remembering this for next time we need something like this which is very often to say the least.

  34. This is insane! I was in nearly the exact same predicament. Naptime! Love it and hate it. We just moved and I can’t find anything! I don’t want to waste precious naptime digging around for the goo gone that I *know* we have… Somewhere. -and that LARGE American flag sticker on my front glass door is driving me Bonkers! Thanks so much!

  35. Just made some to get those stubborn labels off of the Bertoli Pasta Sauce jars. I love the jars, but never could get all the label off. This worked great!!! It also took the stamped date off the jars as well. Will definitely be making more and keeping around! Thank you for sharing!

  36. This stuff has saved my butt a few times over the last couple years! Tonight was probably the biggest though. I discovered a cookie sheet in the over with a bunch of gooey residue. Like cooking spray residue, but a huge puddle. I think I left the cookie sheet in there when making a cheesecake and the butter/sugar mix from the crust leaked. Couple that with a few more oven uses over the last two weeks and this stuff was not budging. I tried goo gone but nothing happened. This mix worked like a charm. The residue is completely gone. I just let it sit a few minutes to soften the oil. Thanks for sharing this secret!


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