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5 Ways to Remove Pesky Stickers from Your Holiday Gifts

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Nothing ruins the perfect gift quicker than a price tag sticker that doesn't entirely rub off. Sometimes, no matter how much you pick at it with your fingernails, it doesn't budge and instead leaves behind a sticky residue that's both annoying and tacky. Make sure that's the last thing you need to worry about this holiday season. Try these simple tricks for completely removing those pesky stickers.

1. Nail Polish Remover
It turns out you can get more use out of your nail polish remover. It can remove stubborn sticker remnants in mere seconds. Blot your gift with a cotton ball soaked in non-acetone nail polish remover. Wipe off with a paper towel, and use a credit card or other flat, hard object to scrape off whatever is still remaining.

Take off pesky stickers with warm water.

2. Warm Water
If the gift is made out of a special material that could get ruined by harsh chemicals in the nail polish remover, you may want to try a more natural approach. Wet a sponge and dab it on the leftover sticker. Use a pen cap to gently wipe away the moistened glue from the object.

3. Steam from Your Humidifier
Your humidifier gives off soothing steam that can help keep your room comfortable during the dry weather. Use that steam to help loosen the hold of the glue in the price tag. Run a humidifier, like the Holmes® Ultrasonic Humidifier, and leave your gift close-by for a few hours. After it becomes a little damp, it will be much easier to remove.

"Heat is effective in removing pesky sticker residue."

4. Your Hair Dryer
As you can probably tell by now, heat is effective in removing pesky sticker residue. Your hair dryer is another great tool for getting rid of price tags on some of your most expensive gifts without ruining them with water or chemicals. With your dryer on high, hold it up to the troublesome sticker and keep it there for 15-20 seconds at a time. Remove it from the heat and try to remove the remnants while checking on your gift. Make sure that no damage is being done to the gift, and repeat until the tag is completely removed.

5. Food Products
There are a variety of adhesive removers that you probably already have in your cabinets. Foods like smooth peanut butter, mayonnaise, cooking oil and vinegar are all effective tools to use on the pesky stickers. Spread a small amount on the tag and use a plastic tool, like a credit card, to wipe away anything that remains.


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