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Goo Gone®

Medium Risk

Also known as:

Adhesive remover Sticker remover

Possible Symptoms
  • Mouth irritation
  • Stomach irritation
  • Coughing, gagging, or choking with swallowing
  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions
If Exposed to Eyes

If someone gets Goo Gone® in the eye, there can be immediate burning and stinging, which requires prompt first aid to avoid an eye injury.

  1.     Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2.     Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.


Goo Gone® is a “slippery” liquid and can be dangerous if swallowed, due to the potential for aspiration (getting it into the lungs or “going down the wrong pipe”). This can result in a possible lung infection (pneumonia) which requires medical attention. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-122 if exposure to Goo Gone® happens for additional treatment advice.

Additional Information

Quick Facts about Goo Gone®

Is Goo Gone® toxic?

Goo Gone® is a brand name for a number of products. This information refers to the adhesive remover that helps get rid of sticky “gooey” residue from surfaces, like when a product label is removed from a bottle. It may be used on many surfaces such as glass, carpets, ceramic, and sealed stones. The ingredients in Goo Gone® Adhesive Remover include petroleum distillates (hydrocarbon), solvents, limonene (hydrocarbon), and orange sweet extract. Other Goo Gone® products contain different ingredients which can pose other risks. It is best to call the poison center with any exposure or question to be certain of the product.

An accidental taste or sip of the spray or liquid may cause a bad taste in the mouth, minor stomach upset. If enough is swallowed, it can cause a possible laxative effect. The greater concern is when someone takes a gulp of the product and chokes on it because it can slip into the lungs. The hydrocarbons in Goo Gone® have a vapor that can tickle the back of the throat leading to coughing, gagging, and choking. This can be dangerous because the liquid is thin and slippery, so it can quickly move down the throat into the airway or lungs. This is called aspiration. Once in the airways, it can spread out and go deep into the lungs leading to inflammation and damage of the delicate tissue. As a result, some individuals may develop a bacterial infection or chemical pneumonia. 

Aspiration can occur while vomiting, so it is important to never induce vomiting.

Skin Exposure

Goo Gone® is not intended for use on skin. If there is an accidental spray or spill on the skin, wash the skin gently with soap and warm water. Several washings with soap and water may be needed to get all of the product off of the skin. Also, the longer the chemical sits on the skin, the more risk there will be for redness, irritation, or even a chemical burn with prolonged exposure.

Additionally, Goo Gone® also has fumes which can cause irritation and breathing problems. The risk for irritation is greater for those who have lung issues such as asthma or COPD. Use the adhesive remover in an area where windows can be opened to provide good ventilation.  

If you find your child has ingested Goo Gone® or there is an exposure to it, do not panic. First, take the bottle away from them, wipe or rinse out mouth, and give them some water to drink. Secondly, if problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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