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Homemade Residue Remover

This homemade residue remover is an all-natural, two-ingredient solution to removing sticky residue from hard surfaces. Label gunk is no longer a problem, y'all. This stuff really works.

So here in our new house, we have the craziest thing on the front windows. While there are no window treatments of blinds on these windows, there is a ton of residue from what we assume was packing tape? It's kind of a mystery to us, still. See below how I removed the gunk (and funk) quickly and with only a two-ingredient homemade residue remover.

Can you see it? The left window had old, crusty residue from (what we can only assume was) packing tape in a non-specific pattern on many of its panes. Y'all, for the life of me, I can not figure out why this is there. It's not just these windows, either...about eight other windows across the front of the house. The only thing I can figure is maybe it was from cardboard that covered the windows at some point in its vacancy (the house was vacant for like four years before we bought it). Whatever the case, the crusty, old residue from the tape (or whatever) is everywhere. And ugly. It's not even sticky anymore...it's kind of old and crunchy, which made me worry this cleaner would not work on it. But as you can see from the after picture, it totally did.

I learned this little trick last year at the Young Living Convention. My good friend, April, helped us with some faux-tattoo removal issues after the above night of fun. My kids were covered in those fake tattoos....you'd have thought they'd never seen those things. I felt sort of silly when April's all..."use a little Lemon oil." Duh. I've been oily for two years now, y'all...amazed I didn't know that one. The Lemon Oil removed all of the tattoos on my people. I knew Lemon Oil would be perfect for a homemade residue remover, too. Since I didn't want to use that much straight Lemon Oil on the sheer magnitude of area I had to cover in the window cleaning, I added one more ingredient to stretch it a bit for my Homemade Residue Remover.

Two ingredients, y'all.
Olive oil and Lemon Essential Oil.

Buh-bye, weird packing tape-covered windows.

I use a tablespoon of olive oil and about eight drops of my lemon essential oil. I went a bit heavier on the lemon due to the age of the residue I was attacking. You could probably make this with just four or five drops of the lemon oil and be fine. I mixed mine up in a little ramekin. I prefer to make this in small batches...I don't use this as a daily cleaner or anything. It's just for special situations where I have tough, sticky issues. There's a life lesson in there somewhere, too, I think. I also clean with microfiber cleaning cloths and toss them in the wash afterward. They're perfect for applying this homemade residue remover to the windows. You can grab a 24-pack for less than $10 here.

I lay it on pretty thick. I know it's an oily mess, but I really wanted to loosen that tape. I thought I'd have to wait a while, but I tested it out in about five minutes and the residue was ready to be removed. 

Since this tape had been on here for who knows how long, I used a very dull paint scraper to gently scrape it off...be very careful not to scratch your windows or surface if you do this. Honestly, a plastic scraper would be much better here...but we're still living out of boxes and there were plenty of metal scrapers from all of the work we've been doing. 

As a die-hard oiler, I usually would usually turn to my Thieves Cleaner for this kind of thing. But, I just love Mrs. Meyer's in the window cleaning department. Plus, her window cleaner has lemon in it, too...this room smelled so fresh and clean when I was done with it. Grab a bottle of the Mrs. Meyer's Glass Cleaner here.

It took two rounds of cleaning with glass cleaner and paper towels to remove all of the oil, but on the second go, that window was absolutely clean, y'all. The first round is basically to remove all of the oil, the second to get the window nice and sparkly. No more weird tape streaks all over the windows. Just to be clear (pun intended), these windows are double paned and the outer one is a where you're seeing the dirt. That inner pane was squeaky clean.

TA-DAH! Look...no tape, y'all! 

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe Kristi - I could use this right now. Pinning to share and refer back to when I make it. Happy Easter!

  2. I am so glad to get your receipe for cleaning gunk off glass. I need it right now to take a sticker off my car windshield.
    Thanks so much.