How to Get Glue Off of Plastic

There are few things more frustrating than pulling a price sticker off a plastic container and being left with a sticky residue that seems impossible to peel off. Luckily, there are a few tricks to removing the goo. A mixture of baking soda and oil will work on all types of glue, including super glue, or you can try using another household item like vinegar or even peanut butter. If all else fails, opt for a tough cleaning product to get the glue off.

EditSteps
EditUsing Baking Soda and Oil
Combine 1 part baking soda with 1 part oil. You can use any type of oil, like coconut or olive oil. Mix together equal parts of the oil and baking soda in a small bowl until they form a paste.[1]
The baking soda will act as an exfoliant to scrub off the glue.

Other oil options include canola, vegetable, or sunflower oil.

How much you mix up depends on the size of the glue spot. For glue left by a label on 1 plastic jar, for example, of baking soda and of oil should work.

Rub the mixture into the area that has glue on it. Use your hands to apply the baking soda and oil, making sure to saturate all of the glue by rubbing in small circles. Add enough of the mixture so that the sticky spot is completely covered.[2]
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to wear gloves to do this as baking soda can dry out your hands.

You can also use a dry cloth instead of your hands to rub in the mixture.

Let the mixture sit on the jar for 30 minutes. This allows the baking soda and oil to soften the glue so it won’t be as tough to remove. The longer you leave the mixture on, the more easily the glue will come off.[3]
Set a kitchen timer or use the clock app on your phone to keep track of the time.

Scrub off the glue with a scouring pad. If you have a standard kitchen sponge, use the more abrasive side. You need something rougher to pull up the glue residue. Continue rubbing vigorously until all of the glue is removed.[4]
For a little extra scrubbing power, you can use steel wool instead of a scouring pad.

If the glue isn’t coming off, apply more baking soda and oil, then let it sit for another 30 minutes before trying to remove it again.

Wash the plastic with soap and warm water. This will get rid of any leftover tacky residue or oil. Wipe down the plastic with soap using a damp cloth, then rinse it until it’s no longer sticky or greasy.[5]
Dish soap will work well because it’s designed to cut through grease.

Dry off the plastic with a clean cloth or let it air dry once you’ve rinsed it thoroughly.

EditRemoving Glue with Other Household Products
Opt for a plastic scraper if the glue is already soft. For glue that isn’t completely hardened, or if you’ve already softened it with a liquid or oil mixture, use a plastic scraper to lift off the remaining residue. Be careful not to scratch the plastic as you gently wedge the scraper underneath the glue to remove it.[6]
Options for scrapers include a plastic knife or the edge of an old credit card that you no longer use.

Avoid using a glass scraper or anything metal, like a razor blade, because it could damage the plastic.

Soak larger spots in vinegar to dissolve the glue. If you don’t want to endlessly scrub a bigger sticky area, douse a cloth or paper towel in vinegar and lay it over the glue. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes, then wipe off the now-loosened residue.[7]
To remove the vinegar smell, wash the plastic with soap and warm water afterwards.

An alternative is to place the plastic in a bowl filled with vinegar to let it soak instead of using a cloth.

Try alcohol as a chemical-free solution for hard-to-remove glue. Douse a cotton ball in the liquid, then apply it to the glue. The residue should pull up as you scrub the spot. Continue rubbing it until all of the glue is removed, re-applying liquid as needed.[8]
You can use rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or vodka.

To remove super glue with alcohol, let the liquid sit on the glue for 15 to 30 minutes to dissolve it before trying to scrub it off.

If you’re using nail polish remover, make sure you’re using one that’s non-acetone. It’s gentler and safer for your skin.

Rub in mayonnaise or peanut butter if your plastic isn’t porous. Since both of these foods are primarily fats, they contain a lot of oil, which can seep into porous plastic, like reusable containers, and stain them. For sturdier plastics, coat the glue spot with a thick layer of mayonnaise or peanut butter, then let it sit for 30 minutes before removing it.[9]

Use a rubber eraser if there’s only a thin layer of glue. For example, if you’ve already removed a label, and there’s just a tiny bit of residue remaining on the plastic, rub an eraser over it. You’ll have to apply firm pressure so that the eraser rips up the glue.[10]
You can use either the small eraser on the end of a pencil or a larger rubber eraser.

Apply a store-bought cleaner if you have tough spots. Products specifically for removing glue, like Goo Gone or WD-40, are highly effective at getting rid of sticky stuff on plastic. Follow the directions on the package to make sure you’re using it safely and properly.[11]
Most cleaners require you to apply the product to the glue, wait for it to set, then remove it with a damp cloth.

You can buy these cleaners at a hardware store or from an online retailer.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditUsing Baking Soda and Oil
Baking soda

Cooking oil

Small bowl

Spoon

Scouring pad

Soap

Warm water

Cloth

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Today in History for 28th January 2019

Historical Events

1945 – Dutch airplanes dump pamphlets on Java
1952 – Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: Ken McGregor wins his first and only Grand Slam event; upsets fellow Australian Frank Sedgman 7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2
1958 – Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
1980 – 37th Golden Globes: “Kramer vs. Kramer”, Dustin Hoffman and Sally Field win
1984 – Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record point scoring streak ends at 51 games when Oilers beaten 4-2 by LA Kings; Gretzky totals 61-92-153 during the period
1984 – 41st Golden Globes: Terms of Endearment, Tom Courtenay, Robert Duvall, and Shirley MacLaine win

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician/human rights worker
1927 – Anthony Garner, director (Conservative Central Office)
1963 – Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest and Survive)
1964 – Dwight Stone, NFL receiver/running back (Car Panthers, GB Packers)
1974 – Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
1975 – David Zingler, American writer

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Famous Deaths

1547 – Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55
1817 – Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen, German composer, dies at 55
1908 – Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 47
1950 – Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, dies at 66
1972 – Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
2015 – Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81

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How to Do a Romanian Deadlift

The Romanian deadlift is one of the best exercises for strengthening your hamstrings. Unlike a regular deadlift, you hold a barbell up at all times, lifting it periodically with your legs and lower back. Romanian deadlifts are perfectly safe, but you must learn the proper form and maintain it throughout the exercise.

EditSteps
EditFitness Tips
WH.shared.addScrollLoadItem(‘5c4e7031e67b6’)Proper Form for Romanian DeadliftsWH.shared.addScrollLoadItem(‘5c4e7031e6a21’)Ways to Incorporate Romanian Deadlifts into a Workout
EditSetting up the Exercise
Have a spotter help you if you are new to lifting. Take precautions as you learn the proper form for the exercise. Lifting heavy weights can be a little intimidating or even risky if you do it wrong. A spotter can check your form and give you feedback to help you avoid injuries as you exercise.
Another way to practice is to use a bar without weights. Using the bar gives you an opportunity to refine your form without putting stress on your knees and back.

Start with a barbell on the floor or on a weight rack. Load the barbell with the amount of weight you think you can manage. Make sure the weight plates are firmly in place on the bar. You don’t need to have a weight rack to do deadlifts, but it can make the process a little easier. If you don’t have a rack, you will need to lift the bar up to the starting position.[1]
A lot of gyms have tall racks you can rest barbells on. Position the barbell so it is near your thighs. That way, you don’t need to bend down to reach it.

Get close to the bar so your shoulders hang over it. Point your feet towards the bar and step forward. If the barbell is on the floor, it will be at about shin height.[2]
If you are too far away from the bar, you will end up leaning forward to reach it. This can throw your back out of alignment, so get as close as possible before you lift the weight.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Stand as close to the bar as you can get. Maintain this general position throughout the deadlift at all times. Keeping your knees slightly bent prevents them from locking up, which is an important part of avoiding strain on your body.[3]

Hold the bar with a double overhand grip. Position your hands right beside your legs. Grasp the barbell with your palms facing downward. The overhand grip is the standard grip used for deadlifts, but you can customize it a little if you feel comfortable doing so.[4]
Some lifters prefer an alternate or mixed grip. They place 1 hand underneath the bar while the other hand stays in the overhand grip position.

Engage and flex your muscles to maintain a neutral position. The muscles in your shoulders, upper back, and abs must all be engaged while you lift the barbell. This allows you to keep good form as you lift and lower the weight.[5]
Keeping your muscles flexed and engaged helps you maintain control.

EditRaising the Bar
Hold your back straight with your chest forward. Avoid changing your posture as you lift the bar. Keep your knees slightly bent at all times. Begin breathing out as you start moving the bar back up to its original position.[6]
You may feel tempted to stand up quickly and let your back handle the load. This can strain your back or knees, leading to injuries. Complete the motion slowly and methodically to avoid problems.

Drive your hips forward while pulling the bar up. Contract your glutes to help push your hips towards the bar. Your back won’t move at all as you do this. Straighten your body by standing up gradually as the bar travels back up your legs.[7]
Keep the bar as close to your body as possible. Never let it move away from you or else it will throw your spine out of alignment.

Stand straight with the bar near your hips. Stand up tall with your back and neck straight. You are back in the starting position. Start over to perform as many repetitions as you need for your set.[8]

EditLowering the Barbell
Hold the bar near the top of your thighs. This is the deadlift’s starting position. You return the bar to this position at the end of each repetition. Make sure the bar is as close to your thighs as you can get it. Keep your shoulders positioned over the bar.[9]
If you start with the bar on the ground, lift it up using a traditional deadlift squat. Squat down over the bar. Bend your knees, keeping your arms and back straight, then stand back up while holding the bar.

Look straight ahead of you and brace your core. Press your arms against your sides as you prepare to lower the barbell. Always stand tall with your neck and back straight. When you’re ready to begin, take a deep breath. Resist the temptation to look down at the bar as you move it.[10]
If you wish to check your form while doing the exercise, stand in front of a mirror. You can also have a spotter watch you and give you feedback.

Bend at the waist while pushing your hips back. Go slowly to avoid injuring your back. To lower the bar safely, bend forward over the bar. Keep your arms and legs still. Move your hips and butt as far back as they can go.[11]
Avoid bending your back. Shifting your spinal alignment is dangerous. Let your hips control the motion.

Lower the bar until you feel the backs of your legs stretch. Keep the bar close to your legs as if you’re rolling the bar down them towards your ankles. Drop the bar down until you can’t go any further without bending your knees more. For most people, this will be when the bar is right below their knees.[12]
Remember that the Romanian deadlift isn’t a contest to see who can lower the bar to the floor. Lowering the bar too much takes pressure off your hamstrings and puts it on your knees and back.

To get the greatest results, pay attention to your body so you don’t go beyond your range of motion.

EditTips
The number of reps you do will depend on your workout goals. Do one set of 5-8 lifts if you’re just getting started. If you want to build muscle, do 3-5 sets of 5-8 reps, using very heavy weights. If you want to build strength or tone your muscles, do 1-3 sets of 10 lifts.[13]
To get the motion right, practice using a bar without weights. Many people struggle with keeping their backs straight and letting their hips control the lift. The bar gives you an opportunity to practice safely.

A weight rack makes this exercise a little easier. With a rack, you don’t need to squat down and waste energy picking up the bar.

The Romanian deadlift tends to involve less weight than a regular deadlift. This is because you have to hold onto the bar the entire time throughout the exercise.

For an easier variation, use dumbbells or a trap bar instead of a barbell.

The single-leg Romanian deadlift is a tougher variation. As you lower the bar, you lift 1 leg, keeping it aligned with your back.

Stretch your hamstrings, which are in the back of your thighs, after you do your deadlifts, especially if your calves and thighs are tight. Stretch by placing one leg straight out on a bench with your toes pointing toward the sky, then lean slightly forward until you feel a stretch. Hold for 15-60 seconds. Stop if you feel any pain or discomfort.

Wear good shoes while doing deadlifts. The last thing you want is to lose traction while you’re handling a heavy bar.

EditWarnings
Deadlifts can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Master the technique first and don’t use more weight than you can handle.

Improper motion can put stress on your knees and back. Avoid using these areas to lift the bar. Keep the bar close to your body at all times.

Going outside your range of motion can also be dangerous. When you feel your hamstrings stretching, stop lowering the bar. You do not need to bring it all the way down to the floor.

EditThings You’ll Need
Barbell

Weights

Shoes with good traction

A weight rack (optional)

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