I need to remove some glue/adhesive residue from CD/DVD plastic cases (not from CD/DVD themselves). I tried with acetone but it ruined the plastic case (from transparent it became white). Which product should I try instead?

  • Not really a home improvement question... But it looks like you've gotten a good answer.
    – keshlam
    Apr 3, 2016 at 13:28
  • CD jewel box cases cost less than 50 cents each in quantity, DVD cases are close to the same price. Are you sure it's worth the time and effort to remove the glue?
    – Johnny
    Apr 4, 2016 at 5:26

2 Answers 2


Use an orange oil based product like Goo Gone.

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If the glue is a water soluable material then just soak the case in warm water for a while.

If you use the Goo Gone you will want to wash with warm soapy water afterwards to remove the oily film.

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    This is undoubtedly the right way to go. I've done it a hundred times.
    – bubbleking
    Apr 3, 2016 at 17:11
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    Unfortunately Goo Gone doesn't seem to be available in my home country.
    – user52257
    Apr 3, 2016 at 19:46
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    Any orange oil based cleaner, smells like oranges, contains limonene, should do the job.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limonene Note the "Citrus power" logo on the Goo Gone bottle. That's limonene. In a real pinch, you might try pressing the oil out of the skin of an orange, lot of limonene in there, not sure what else. Apr 3, 2016 at 23:55

you can try wd40 or paint thinner also. most polycarbonates are not soluble in the methylated spirits or naptha that makes up the solvent in both of the above

  • to whomever voted down my answer - why? its a perfectly appropriate response that i have used many times on various acrylics and polycarbonates. i could care less about the fact you did it, just why. please explain your logic. just grammar nazification or is there a legitimate issue? Apr 4, 2016 at 15:26

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