How to Make a Tape Adhesive Remover

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What You'll Need
Washing liquid
Baking powder or Borax
White vinegar
Hair dryer
A soft cloth

Tape adhesive remover can be easily made in your own home from non-toxic ingredients. This tape adhesive remover can be used on most surfaces including stone, carpets, fabrics, and wood. Please note that this is not a suitable method for removing tape adhesive such as bandage adhesive from skin. This can be done using warm soapy water.

Step 1 - Remove Excess Adhesive

If the tape adhesive has been on a flat surface for a long time, then you may be able to remove some of it with your fingernails or a knife. Make sure you use the dull edge of the knife as you don't want to risk damaging the surface. Otherwise, you should find that using a firm toothbrush bristle side down will gently remove any of the clumpy sections of adhesive on your surface.

A good tip is to use a hair dryer on a warm setting to heat the sticky tape adhesive up a little. This should make the clumps easier to remove. You will now be left with the tape adhesive in a thin layer on your surface. If you are removing tape adhesive from fabrics however, move straight to step 2.

Step 2 - Making the Tape Adhesive Remover

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Mix together two teaspoons of baking powder or Borax with enough white vinegar to make a paste. The baking powder will help break down the sticky tape residue and the vinegar is a natural acidic cleaner that will help leave the surface glue-free. Borax which is also known as sodium borate is a naturally mined substance that has similar cleaning properties to baking powder. It can be purchased from most supermarkets. You should test the paste on a tiny section of the surface before using to make sure it is suitable for the material.

Step 3 - Using the Tape Adhesive Remover

If you are removing tape adhesive from a flat surface, apply the remover paste to the stubborn patch of glue and leave it for 30 minutes to work. You needn't worry about the vinegar leaving a smell as once it has dried, as it will leave a clean odor.

If you are removing tape adhesive from clothing or small fabrics, mix half a cup of the remover paste with a bowl of warm water and place the fabric in a bowl for half an hour. You should then wash the fabric according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you are removing tape adhesive from fabric covered items such as sofas, rub a little paste onto the fabric with a soft cloth and leave to work for half an hour.

Step 4 - Aftercare

You should now be able to remove any final residue that has been left on the surface. Put a little warm soapy water into a bowl and use this to rub over the patch with a soft cloth. If you wish to dry any fabric surfaces quickly such as carpets or sofas, use a hair dryer on a warm setting.