How to Make a Tape Adhesive Remover

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 The 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 that are on your surface.

A good tip also 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

Mix together 2 tsp 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 before using on a tiny section of the surface to make sure that 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 abowl 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, then 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.