before and after of a metal grate being cleaned

Homemade Goo Remover!

Love it?  Pin it to SAVE it!

Follow Spend With Pennies on Pinterest for more great tips, ideas and recipes!

Add your own great tips in the comments below!

Commercial Goo Remover is a product that removes sticker residue and other sticky, “tough to get up” products from glass, mirrors and other surfaces.  If you have kids then you know why it is so useful to have Goo Gone in your home.  However, there is absolutely no need to purchase it at a retail store because it is very, VERY simple to make.

Not only does this Goo Remover recipe work like magic, but it is completely food safe!  With ingredients that come from your kitchen you don’t have to worry about using this on pans, dishes or to remove food labels!

The photo above is the lid to my deep fryer which had caked on grease.  I had tried many things to get it clean and NOTHING was working!  The homemade Goo Remover worked like a charm… no elbow grease required!  I put the paste on, let it sit for about 4 minutes and used a soft scrubber.  All of the grease just wiped right off.

This works on:

  • grease
  • stickers
  • remove labels
  • crayon
  • gooey gunky icky sticky things

Next time your kid sticks a sticker on their bathroom mirror or you get a new frame with a sticker on it, you will be glad to have this stuff on hand and you will be amazed at how easy it is to make.  With 2 ingredients and a few simple steps, it will take you about 1 minute and cost you less than $0.75.

Note:  This does contain oil so use caution on porous surfaces and be sure to test it in a hidden area.

More tips here

How to Make Homemade Goo Remover

  • ½ cup olive or vegetable oil (either works perfectly)
  • ⅓-1/2 cup baking soda (add more to make a thicker paste)
  • Optional: Lemon juice OR a fragrant essential oil (commercial Goo Gone has an orange scent but you can choose any scent that you would like.)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Shake well.
To use:
  1. Apply to surface to be cleaned and let sit for 1 minute.
  2. Depending on the type of residue, rub or scrub to remove.
  3. In extra sticky situations, let goo remover sit up to 5 minutes.
  4. Wash with hot soapy water… voila! Like magic!

This would be a great project to do with your kids as a science experiment.  Make it a small family project.  They will love it! You’ll be happy that you are saving money and using all-natural ingredients and they’ll have a blast making it at home.    Then, maybe you will even be able to get them to clean!



Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

Recipes you'll love

About the author

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
See more posts by Holly

Follow Holly on social media:

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Free eBook!

Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals!

You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive.

Latest & Greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Hey Holly, don’t you think that considering “Spending with pennies “, it would be best to use the least expensive oil possible, like just plain “cooking oil” from walmart, or one that does not putrefy ( get rancid) fast. Coconut and olive oil tend to be pretty costly per ounce. Thanks for all your testing and ingenuity. God Bless!

    1. Fingernail polish remover works well on removing superglue but I’m not sure what it will do to the plastic. If it is a sturdy hard plastic it should be ok.

  2. Traditional Goo remover uses Orange oils not added as a scent. Citrus oils are perfect for breaking down goo. Essential oils by themselves remove all sorts of nasty sticky stuff, Eucalyptus oil works wonders on gum and adhesive, crayon and even sharpie.

  3. Has anyone tried this on wood? Like your cabinet doors….sometimes around the range I have noticed the doors get a little sticky..

    1. I haven’t tried it in the oven. I would suggest reading your users manual to be safe (especially if your oven is self clean).

  4. Is it safe on paint? I have caked on bugs on my car that i would like to try to recipe to remove them but i’m afraid for my car paint…

    1. I haven’t tried it on paint. I would definitely recommend checking with the manufacturer before using on your vehicle to avoid any problems.

      1. I need to point out that the item in the before/after picture looks like stainless steel. Where did the picture come from?

      2. It is a part of my deep fryer and while it may be stainless steel, the stainless steel on appliances is often either coated or not actually stainless steel so it can react differently.

  5. I have a recipe for a product like this but they used coconut oil instead of olive. It works on the same principle but it’s a thicker paste depending on the temperature. Coconut oil liquifies at approx 70 degrees. Thanks for the alternative!

  6. I’m considering trying this on my Belgian waffle iron. Do you think it would be ok to put it on the iron?

    1. I haven’t tried it but since it’s just food items I think it would work just perfectly! The baking soda isn’t abrasive enough to do any damage as long as you aren’t using a scrubber/scouring pad! Please come back and let us know how it worked for you!!

  7. Okay, so no doubt this works, cuz’ I just tried it. But what did you use to apply it and how much did you use. Since you are using a deep jar did you have to tip it to get it out?

    I just spent about 30 minutes using it in my kitchen on various things and in that time frame it kept separating so I assume you have to shake it a lot.

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s awesome!

    1. I used a spoon to get it out of the jar (and you can give it a little shake or stir if it separates). If you’d like a thicker paste, you can easily add more baking soda and it will work perfectly!!

  8. This is driving me crazy— what are the items you have de-gooed in this post??? I cannot tell what they are, and cannot live without identifying them!

    1. LOL! They are parts of my deep fryer that were full of icky grease I could NOT get off for the life of me! The top one is the lid with glass and the next one is the “heating element” in the deep fryer. I have this deep fryer and it comes apart for cleaning. The final item was a plastic tub with crayon that couldn’t be wiped off with a regular dish rag. Were you close? ;)

      1. Not even a little bit! I really could not tell what I was looking at. Thanks for clearing that up for me!