Beverly Leestma from Grand Rapids, Michigan has been writing for the blog “The Make Your Own Zone” since July 2010. “I like the feeling of being self sufficient and being able to go to my cupboard and whip together what I need with whatever I have available,” says Bev. “I figured there might be a few other folks like me out there in the world who were self sufficient and frugal too,” she explains of her motivation for writing her blog.
Home-made ‘Goo Gone’ is one of Bev’s most versatile DIY inventions. After struggling with scrubbing labels off glass jars, Bev dreamed up an all-natural and easy-to-make product using ingredients from her kitchen. This thrifty woman creates a solution that saves her money (and a trip to the store!).
In case you’re not familiar with Goo Gone, it’s an oily liquid that’s really helpful in getting rid of sticky residue and can also be used for deeper cleaning where an oily grime or film has built up on a surface. It may seem contradictory to clean something sticky with an oil, but just the other day Hungry Son was reminding me of one of the basic tenets of chemistry – Like Dissolves Like.
All you need to make Bev’s ‘Goo Gone,’ is 1 part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda. Bev explains, the resulting mixture works because it is oily, yet abrasive.
To test her solution, Bev dipped the edge of a paper towel into the mixture and then rubbed it over the sticky labels. After a few applications, the sticky gunk clumped and rolled right off the jar. Bev was very happy with the result, claiming she put in the same amount of elbow grease as she would using a store-bought Goo Gone.
Baking soda is a magic fix-all for nearly all aspects of the home. When mixed with white vinegar, baking soda can be used to clean a stainless steel kitchen sink and all bathroom surfaces. According to Readers Digest, the same solution will remove stains from your carpet and brighten your clothes when added to your regular laundry detergent. Baking soda can even be used in your daily beauty routine. According to She Knows, baking soda is effective as a teeth whitener, shampoo, facial scrub, sunburn soother, and foot scrub.
Homemade Goo Gone
Adapted from No. 2 Pencil
For my small batch I used:
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
Combine the vegetable oil and the baking soda in a small bowl. It will be a somewhat thin mixture but not as thin as the real Goo Gone.
Dip the edge of a piece of paper toweling in the mixture and then rub over the sticky stuff you are trying to remove. Keep doing this as needed. It will probably take a couple applications, but it gets to a point where the sticky gunk starts releasing and rolling off.
Finish up by washing the item in warm soapy water.