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How to Remove Stickers From Dishes

February 26, 2024  |  
Plates, cups, and cutlery in a basket.

Manufacturers just love sticking price tags, branding labels, branding logo stickers, and other types of custom order stickers on dishes. And this can be frustrating for homeowners — when you’re just about ready to use your new glassware or silverware, you peel the custom vinyl stickers off and are left with strips of paper and stubborn adhesive residue.

Removing stickers from dishes can be a pain, but not if you know the right steps to take and materials to use. We show you how to remove stickers from dishes easily in this article.

Materials Needed

When removing stickers from dishes, you want to have all your materials within arm’s reach so you don’t have to run around your house looking for tools and supplies. We recommend gathering everything you need right on your kitchen countertop. These include:

  • Warm water 
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Plastic scraper or old credit card
  • Cooking oil
  • Paper towel
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Cotton ball
  • Microfiber cloth

A sponge being used for cleaning dishes

How to Remove Stickers From Dishes: Step by Step

Now that your materials are ready, follow this step-by-step guide to remove stickers from your new dishes. 

Step 1: Peel Off With Fingers

First, try to remove the stickers with your fingers. Some might come off easily without leaving any adhesive residue, while others may be a little more stubborn. The goal here is just to peel off as much as you can and make the sticker as thin as possible so the methods below work a lot better. 

Step 2: Soak in Warm, Soapy Water

What’s left of the sticker after you’ve peeled most of it off needs to be made pliable for easy removal. Fill your sink with warm water and add a little dish soap. Soak the dish in the mixture and leave it for 20 minutes. This should allow the adhesive to loosen up and make it easier to scrub or scrape off. 

Step 3: Peel Off the Label

After 20 minutes of soaking, you should be able to scrub the sticker off with a sponge or rub it with your fingers. If that doesn’t work, apply gentle pressure with a plastic scraper or an old credit card to help you grip and lift the adhesive. 

Step 4: Apply Cooking Oil

While warm, soapy water often does the trick, you may need to turn to cooking oil for more stubborn adhesives. Cooking oil can loosen up the sticker and minimize adhesive residue. You can use any oils you have in your kitchen, whether cooking oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. 

Pour the oil onto a paper towel and use it to rub the sticker. Leave the paper towel on the sticker for several hours. 

Step 5: Scrub with a Plastic Scraper

After the oil has saturated the sticker, grab your plastic scraper or old credit card and start scraping it off. It should come out quite easily without leaving adhesive residue. But if not, try the rubbing alcohol method in the next step. 

Step 6: Rubbing Alcohol (Optional)

When soapy water and oil have both failed at removing the sticker, it’s time to turn to a stronger solvent: rubbing alcohol. Pour some alcohol on a cotton ball or paper towel and rub the sticker or adhesive residue. Then, pour more alcohol onto the sticker directly and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Finally, rub the adhesive residue off with a sponge or soft cloth. 

Step 7: Wash and Dry the Dish

Once the sticker and leftover adhesive have been fully removed, make sure you wash the dish clean before use. Add some dish soap onto a sponge and gently scrub the dish, focusing on the area where you removed the sticker. Leave it to air dry or wipe it with a clean towel. 


We know how annoying it is to have stubborn stickers on your newly purchased dishes. But don’t worry. With the right tools and materials, our easy step-by-step guide, and a bit of patience, you’ll be able to get those stickers off and enjoy your new glass or silverware in no time. 

How to Remove Stickers From Dishes: FAQs

How do you get stickers off ceramic?

To get stickers off ceramic easily, soak a cloth in alcohol and leave it sitting on the sticker for several minutes. Once the sticker has softened, peel the sticker and rub off the adhesive residue. 

Does vinegar remove stickers?

Vinegar is a powerful solution that can loosen up sticker adhesive. Soak a cloth in vinegar and leave it to sit on the sticker for a couple of minutes. With a plastic scraper, scrape the sticker off and tackle the adhesive residue with a soft sponge. 

Can rubbing alcohol remove stickers?

Rubbing alcohol can be an effective method to loosen up sticker adhesive and remove stickers from dishes. Soak a paper towel with alcohol and leave it on top of the sticker for a few minutes. Peel the sticker off and use a soft cloth to remove any leftover residue.