How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stainless Steel


Denise asked: How do I remove sticky labels from my stainless steel oven door? I bought my oven, and when I got it home, it had a large label stuck to the outside front of the oven door. I removed the label, but have been left with a sticky, glue residue on the door. I don’t know how to remove it. I’m scared of scratching it and ruining the finish. Can you please advise me of what to use? Thank you.

ED-40 is a handy product is known for making adhesive removal a breeze. Even better, it’s not only safe for stainless steel, but it will provide a beautiful polish!

You Will Need:

  • WD-40
  • Soft, non-abrasive cloth

Steps to Remove the Adhesive:

  1. Spray the sticky areas with WD-40.
  2. Wait several moments for it to break down the adhesive.
  3. Wipe at the adhesive with the cloth, making sure to move with the “grain” of the stainless steel.
  4. Repeat as needed. Depending on the type of adhesive, you may need a second or third application to remove it completely.
  5. Wipe away any remaining WD-40 with a clean section of the cloth.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If necessary, use a small amount of mild dish soap on a wet paper towel to wipe away any oily residue from the WD-40. Wipe with the grain on the stainless steel, then dry immediately.


  1. Denise says:

    Thank you for your advice on removing my sticky label residue off my new cooker door. I did exactly as you said and it removed every trace of the glue. Now it looks great.

  2. Suzie says:

    I used nail polish remover and it worked!! Took off all the residue from the front of my new stainless steel fridge.

  3. Beth says:

    Is there anything else besides WD-40? I am chemically sensitive. What would work and be the least toxic? Playtex gloves melted in hot water and left a checkered print from the glove on my Revereware pots and glass Vitamix container. Playtex said they knew about the problem and fixed it.

  4. Melanie says:

    There is a list of a bunch of items that you can try in the article: How to Remove Sticker Residue.
    You could also try using olive oil or club soda, as mentioned in the How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances article.

  5. Dione says:

    The WD-40 worked great!

  6. Karen says:

    Olive oil worked for me to remove Scotch tape reside from my stainless steel fridge.

  7. Juana says:

    I tried WD-40; it didn’t work that well, the sticker was still there and it slid around, but then I tried the virgin olive oil and it worked great and shined it up. I was getting the sticker off a metal ice bucket.

  8. Sandra says:

    Thanks a million Suzie. I used non-acetone nail varnish remover and it worked fine. 😉

  9. Debra says:

    Just bought a stainless steel kitchen waste can and the olive oil worked perfectly. I just had to wait about three minutes before I did it again until the glue residue was totally off.
    Thanks ever so much for such a great tip.

  10. Slim says:

    It worked on my steel resonator guitar beautifully. Very pleased with this tip.

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