Sometimes, cabinets have bumper stickers on them, which can melt, causing a sticky mess that you want to get rid of as soon as you can. Regular soap often doesn’t do much, so you might need to step your game up a little.

To remove sticky cabinet bumpers, you can use a good dish soap, vinegar spray, or Goo-Gone. Other supplies you (possibly) need are a scraper, sponge, (paper) towel, an empty spray bottle, toothbrush, baking soda, a medium/large bowl, and water. 

This article will discuss various ways to remove sticky cabinet bumpers, such as using (a strong) dish soap, home-made vinegar spray, or Goo-Gone.

Remove Sticky Cabinet Bumpers Using Dish Soap

Before purchasing any fancy soaps or cleaning products, try to remove sticky grease with dish soap. An example of excellent dish soap is Blue Dawn since it is gentle enough not to damage your wooden cabinets while still being very powerful. Supplies needed: Dish soap, baking soap, sponge, toothbrush, and a bowl. Here is how to use it:

  1. Get a medium to a large bowl and fill it with warm water. Add a few squirts of dish soap.
  2. Mix the water with the soap with your hands.
  3. Grab a sponge, dip it in the bowl and wipe down the sticky area.
  4. Leave it for a minute, and then scrub down the area that’s sticky.
  5. If the sponge doesn’t fully get it off, get a toothbrush.
  6. Dip the toothbrush in the water and add a little bit of baking soda on top of the toothbrush.
  7. Start scrubbing the sticky spot.
  8. If necessary, add some more of the soapy water.
  9. Grab a cloth and dampen it with some water and a little vinegar to remove any soap residue from the cabinet.

Remove Sticky Cabinet Bumpers Using Vinegar Spray

Vinegar can be a very powerful cleaning tool, so this could be a great way to eliminate the stickiness on your cabinets. However, vinegar is acidic, so you need to mix it not to damage the materials. Diluted vinegar isn’t as powerful, though, so you need to add some of that amazing Dawn soap to the mix to give it back its power.

  1. Make sure you have an empty spray bottle that you can fill with one cup of vinegar, two cups of water, and two tablespoons of Blue Dawn.
  2. Close the spray bottle and shake it to mix the ingredients well.
  3. Spray it on the sticky mess.
  4. Use a sponge to wipe it away; you can use a toothbrush for more stubborn spots.
  5. Wipe away any residue with a clean, damp cloth.
  6. If you want to bring some shine back to the (wooden) cabinet: Add some linseed oil.
  7. Put new cabinet bumpers on.

Remove Sticky Cabinet Bumpers Using Toothpaste

Another great way to use products you (most likely) already have at home. In addition to the toothpaste, you’ll need baking soda as well. Here’s how:

  1. Mix one teaspoon of white toothpaste with one cup of water and two tablespoons of baking soda.
  2. Mix these ingredients well with your finger or a spoon.
  3. Grab a sponge and dip it into the mixture, and srub the sticky cabinet.
  4. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess residue from the cabinet.
  5. Optional: Add some linseed oil to the (wooden) cabinet to make it shiny again.
  6. Put new cabinet bumpers on.

Remove Sticky Cabinet Bumpers Using Goo-Gone

If the dish soap, the vinegar spray, and the toothpaste didn’t work, don’t panic. You might need some more potent products. A great one is Goo-Gone. What you need is Goo-gone, a scraper, and a paper towel. Let’s get into the how-to:

  1. Grab your scraper and try to scrape off as much of the excess stickiness as you can.
  2. Spray Goo-Gone on the area.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. Simply wipe off the rest with a paper towel!
  5. Put new cabinet bumpers on.
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Don’t Forget To Replace the Old Bumpers

Don’t forget to replace the old, melted bumpers with new ones! Be careful to remove any grease from the cabinets before gluing the new bumpers on the cabinets, or they might not stick. If you’re looking for some new cabinet bumpers, check out this article.


Removing stickiness from your cabinet can be very frustrating, especially if you’re unsure how you’re going to do it. Regular soap often doesn’t work well enough, although that doesn’t mean you have to use aggressive cleaning supplies. Often products you have at home combined can do the trick.

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