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How reusable stickers work (+ how to make them stick again)

How reusable stickers work (+ how to make them stick again)

One day I noticed a sticker on a bus stop, and started thinking about how many single use stickers have been used over the years. I started to ask myself if reusable stickers existed, and if they did, how reusable stickers work? Here's what I found.

How do reusable stickers work? Reusable stickers are able to be lifted, and re-stuck onto surfaces because of the repositionable glue on the bottom of the sticker. Repositionable is ready to use once it has dried, and is able to be used over and over again without damage to either the sticker, or the glue itself.

Although reusable stickers can be used over and over again, eventually they'll lose their stickiness. Let's go over how to clean reusable stickers to make them last longer, and how to make reusable stickers sticky again if cleaning it doesn't work.

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How to clean reusable stickers

Cleaning reusable stickers should remove some fuzz and debris from the bottom of the sticker. This will likely make the reusable sticker a lot stickier, and able to be used many more times.

How to clean reusable stickers:

  1. Mix a few drops of dish detergent in 2 cups of lukewarm water until suds appear
  2. Gently wash stickers with hands, or gently with a dish cloth until clean
  3. Let reusable stickers air dry overnight or until completely dry

Once your reusable stickers are completely dry, they will be noticeably stickier.

If they still aren't sticky enough, you may have to reapply the special repositionable glue.

How to make reusable stickers stick again

If cleaning the reusable sticker doesn't work, you may have to reapply the repositionable glue. To get the glue, you should be able to find it at your local arts & crafts store. Unfortunately, I don't believe there's a plastic-free version of repositionable glue.

Here's how to make reusable stickers stick again:

  1. Clean reusable stickers with dish detergent and let air dry
  2. Apply repositionable glue to the back of the sticker
  3. Let glue dry overnight

Once the repositionable glue is completely dry, it'll be ready to use! If you're interested in making your own reusable stickers, check out this tutorial!


Reusable stickers are a great way to reduce waste. Once they're less sticky, you know exactly what you can do to extend the reusable stickers' life and keep using them!

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