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How do you remove sticky residue from Scotch and duct tape?

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Remove sticky Scotch tape residue by applying nail polish remover or petroleum jelly to sticky areas and then wiping with a paper towel or damp cloth. Remove duct tape residue by applying WD-40 or lighter fluid to the area and then wiping it off.

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Other items that can help remove sticky residue left on surfaces, such as glass, fabric, walls and carpets, include vinegar, toothpaste, window cleaner, and baking soda mixed with water. Adhesive removal products, such as Goo Gone and the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, may also help remove residue from a variety of surfaces.

Natural residue removers include eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil. Peanut butter, mayonnaise and margarine may also be used.

In addition, duct tape combined with Goo Gone may remove residue from Scotch and duct tape. After applying Goo Gone to the area, cover with duct tape, and then quickly remove the tape. Applying heat to the area with a blow dryer may also help loosen left-over adhesive from fabrics and carpeting. After heating the area, apply an adhesive remover, and wipe the area with a cloth.

To reduce stickiness from adhesive, apply talcum powder to adhesive residue. Over time, the residue should fade or disappear. After removing Scotch and duct tape residue, clean the surface with warm water and a soft cloth.

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