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How to Remove Sticky Stain With Baby Oil

11 Apr

Just a quick tips from me. I hope it would be useful, particularly to clean your precious make up casing :D.

Sticky stain. It appears usually when you removed stickers or price tags from mostly any surface. Here’s how to remove that stubborn and annoying residue.

What You Need:

  • a piece of clean, dry tissue
  • baby oil

You might wonder, don’t the baby oil gonna make the stain stickier, since it’s oil? Well, no. In fact, the theory is: the sticky stain consists of oil too, and we need oil to remove the oil!

OK, got the thing you want to clean? Mine is a lipstick tube, and it got the stain from removing the sticker on top of it.

First, don’t wash or clean or practically make the stain wet. It would be harder to remove the stain that way. Always clean the stain when the surface is dry.


Wet the tissue with a few drops of baby oil.

Yeah. That's Revlon Lip Butter tube 😀

Wipe onto the stain with the tissue a few times..


If the stain is really stubborn, or the stained area is quite large, you can just drop the baby oil onto the surface directly.


As you can see, the oil residue is rolled up, like a ball of glue (it’s like dead skin cells when you use peeling product)..


When all of the stain is rolled up, you can just wipe it all with a piece of tissue..


And, tada! The stain is gone, and now you can enjoy the smoothness of your make up container without feeling something sticky :). If you wish to remove the baby oil residue, washing the surface with soap will do, but leave it unwashed also fine.

Maybe you ask, since the stain consists of oil, can it be removed by washing the surface with dish soap (as it does its job by removing oily stain mostly)?

Well, I did tried to remove sticky stain with it, but it doesn’t work efficiently. I figured, using baby oil on the dry surface works best.

The other tips I ever heard mentions to use petroleum jelly as well. I thought it would work too, though I never use one to cleaning anything. I think it’s such a waste, if you can use the cheaper-and-work-well baby oil, why bother to use the more expensive petroleum jelly? 😉

Beside plastic, what other materials does this method work on too?

Leather (synthetic and genuine), glass, ceramic, acrylic, generally materials that don’t absorb oil or water, or the ones that don’t produce oil stain after you cleaned the sticky stain.

I like to clean my (synthetic) leather bags or wallet with baby oil too. Although you may find it don’t work on sticky cloth. On cloth, just use the safe way, your regular detergent.

Don’t use this method on materials such as:

Paper, cardboard, wood, velvet, suede, generally materials that absorb oil or water, or the ones that produce oil stain after you cleaned the sticky stain.

I know there are some sticky stain removers in the market today, some are specialized to work on particular material, but my point in this tips is, this is the cheap yet effective way by using the common baby oil, and it’s multipurpose too! You can use it to moisturize your skin or clean your make up as well.

So that’s it! Hope it helps :).

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