Goof Off vs Goo Gone: Who’s More Pro?

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Today, we will be comparing two professional cleaners. On one hand, it’s Goof Off Pro Strength Remover. On the other hand, it’s Goo Gone Pro-Power Goo.

We predict that Goof Off will be the more professional cleaner due to its reputation for getting rid of stains easily with little effort.

Goof Off Pro Strength RemoverGoo Gone Pro-Power Goo
Removes dried paint, tar, ink, asphalt, and adhesives.Removes wet paint, tar, ink, asphalt, and adhesives.
Contains acetone, ethylbenzene, xylene, and methanol.Contains citrus oils, refined oils, and petroleum.
Can clean stains instantly.16 fl oz.-$5.98Requires 5-10 minutes wait time before cleaning.24 fl oz.-$8.49

Goof Off Review

Goof Off FG653 Professional Strength Remover, Pourable 16-Ounce,Liquid

Invented in 1980, Goof Off started as a latex paint remover. In an instant, it can remove dried paint spills from hardwood floors. The cleaning formula started with a solvent called xylene. Then added acetone, ethylbenzene, and methanol creating Pro Strength Remover.

Now it can clean from the annoying soap scum on your bathtub to the rust off a 50-year-old van preserving the original paint job. For a while, Goof Off was the go-to cleaner for scrubbing off impossible messes easily. It wasn’t until 4 years later, that a new cleaning product entered the scene. A product with a very similar name.

Goo Gone Review

Goo Gone Adhesive Remover - 8 Ounce - Surface Safe Adhesive Remover Safely Removes Stickers Labels Decals Residue Tape Chewing Gum Grease Tar

In the year 1984, Goo Gone was invented to clean up sticky messes from 10-day-old gum to stickers residue. Unlike Goof Off, it had a more natural cleaning formula. The secret? Citrus oils from oranges mixed with petroleum. This formula is still used up to this day in other Goo Gone products.

With added refined oils to the mix, the Pro-Power Goo was born. Able to scrub off tough stains just as much as Goof Off’s Pro Strength Remover with a gel substance. Only leaving behind a scent of orange in the air while keeping your surfaces refurbished and sticky-free.


Every cleaner starts with what’s inside their cleaning formula.

Goof Off contains ingredients that have a very harmful reaction when in use. Acetone and Xylene can cause neurological damage. Ethylbenzene increases the risk of cancer and methanol can cause reproduction issues.

Goo Gone has a more natural cleaning solution as it’s made from mostly citrus and refined oils. It does carry petroleum which only can irritate the skin and eyes when in contact with the spray. The scent of citrus oils makes Goo Gone tolerable to work with, too.

For safety precautions, Goo Gone has the least harmful formula.


Any product that says they are multi-purpose doesn’t always mean they work on all types of surfaces.

Goof Off applies from metal to automobile surfaces. In advance, their product advises the user to test an area on the surface they want to clean as their label states, “As every hard surface is different.”

Goo Gone works on similar surfaces and advises the same warning as well. The only difference is that their label tells what surfaces to not apply it on such as silk, leather, and unpainted drywall.

Both warning labels pass for advising users to test surfaces for damages.


Who can clean tougher stains better?

Before working with Goof Off, it is best to wear safety equipment. Depending on the surface type, you can rub off the stains with a cloth or scrape them with a spatula. It can leave behind leftover residue after cleaning on certain hard surfaces that will need to be cleaned off.

Goo Gone requires waiting for 5-10 minutes to allow the spray gel to set on stains. After wiping off the gel, you use soap and water to clean the rest of the surface.

If you need some quick cleaning, grab the Goof Off.

Price Range

For the price comparison, we’ll be using the Goof Off’s 16 fl oz. pour bottle versus Goo Gone‘s 24 fl oz. spray bottle.

Goof Off Pro Strength Remover for 16 fl oz. is a pretty good price to pay for a heavy-duty remover. It’s only $5.98 per bottle. See Latest Price.

Goo Gone Pro-Power Goo for 24 fl oz. is around the mid-range for the average consumer. It cost about $8.49 per bottle. See Latest Price.

It’s best to spend a bit more on a cleaner that has less harmful ingredients and can clean well, Goo Gone is the most worth it purchase.

To Goof Off or Goo Gone

For over 40 years, Goof Off may be able to clean more effectively on tougher stains. However, the best cleaner to have, whether it’s at home or work, Goo Gone is the least harmful and effective cleaner.

Because of the more natural ingredients in Goo Gone’s cleaning formula, you are more likely to use it on a daily basis and have less risk of bodily harm whether at home or an office job. Goof Off is best used for heavy-duty labor jobs that have available safety equipment for cleaning products with harmful chemicals. Congratulations, Goo Gone! You’re the professional cleaner.

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