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Sticky Situations With Your Furniture? Make Your Own Goo-Remover

This DIY Goo-Be-Gone is so gentle that your toddler can eat it. (Mine did.)

This DIY Goo-Be-Gone is so gentle that your toddler can eat it. (Mine did.)

I’d love to say that I was being eco-friendly in my recent cleaning pursuits. A steward of the environment. A real crunchy mummy — the one I often aspire to be, but fall short of when I break out the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

If I were being honest, I would have to admit that my search for a make-your-own goo-remover was motivated by impatience.

It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday (cue the Piano Man), your baby is fast asleep, you’re home alone, and you need to get a household task checked off your list. You understand the situation I was in: ingenuity took over.

My problem was this:

When our daughter was learning to walk, I wrapped the coffee table in a giant foam bumper. I used both double-sided tape and duct tape to ensure bumper-longevity. Ten points for safety, minus a thousand for easy cleanup.

When I finally removed the bumper this week, a gross-gooey mess remained.

I had used commercial goo-removing products in the past. But, at this hour (with a baby asleep and a job that needed doing) I was going to have to take matters into my own hands.




Coconut Oil
Baking Soda


  • Mix together equal parts coconut oil and baking soda.
  • Combine ingredients using a fork until the mixture makes a creamy paste.
  • Spread the paste over the goo-effected area, allowing it to sit for five+ minutes.

  • Scrub the area using a scouring pad until the goo is gone.
  • Wipe clean with a cloth and warm water

The surface area that needed goo-removal was truly considerable. The mighty paste worked like a charm! In fact, I’ve even re-purposed a small baby food jar filled with this magical goo-remover for stubborn price stickers.


In my giddy post-goo glow, I forgot to remove my batch of homemade goo-remover from the coffee table. The next morning, my little one wandered happily into the living room, put her fingers into the coconut oil and baking soda mixture… and licked them.

It was then I was truly thankful for the gentle, eco-friendly, cleaning product I had used the night before. It's so gentle, your toddler can eat it. 

This DIY Goo-Be-Gone is so gentle that your toddler can eat it. (Mine did.)

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