Hollister Adhesive Remover Spray : REVIEW

I’m a fan of adhesive removers because they can make appliances changes easy and more comfortable.

Today, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover Spray.

Disclosure: The spray used for this review was purchased through my online ostomy product supplier.

About the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover Spray

Product name: Adapt Medical Adhesive Remover
Manufacturer: Hollister
Product #: 7737
Dimensions: 50 ml aerosol
Quantity per box: 1

Hollister not only has a strong ostomy appliance lineup, but they also make various supplies and accessories ranging from pouch deodorants (some good, some bad), barrier wipes, stoma powder; and of course, adhesive remover.

Adhesive remover sprays tend to all look very similar both in shape and capacity.

The Adapt adhesive remover comes in a metal can with a large, plastic spray nozzle. The nozzle is covered by a cap that’s secure and easy to remove.

Hollister Adapt adhesive remover spray close up of spray nozzle
The back of the actuator is pressed down to spray.

The capacity is 50ml, which is important if you plan to bring one along in your carry-on luggage when flying. The small size also makes it easy to grip and handle.

Hollister Adapt adhesive remover bottom of can
Typical warnings are printed on the front of the can.

While not all adhesive remover sprays can boast this feature, this product can be used at any angle, which could prove to be helpful when you’re trying to unstick something that might be in an awkward place.

Unlike the Eakin Release Spray, this product doesn’t come in any special scents or ingredients to sooth your skin.

Hollister has confirmed that this spray, as well as their adhesive remover wipes, are free of animal ingredients.

Using this product

Spray adhesive removers work great for removing wafers, medical tape, or other dressings that stick to your skin.

If I’m removing my appliance, I find that peeling the top edge of my wafer allows me to spray the adhesive remover so it can get under the appliance more easily.

Using Hollister Adapt adhesive remover spray
I find that peeling the top of the wafer allows the spray to get underneath it more easily.

As I continue to peel, I may continue to use more of the spray, but it is easy to apply too much if you aren’t careful.

The same technique can be used to remove medical tape as well, which I find seems to always leave a sticky mess unless I’m using an adhesive remover.

Alternatively, if I only need to remove adhesive residue, which happens a lot with certain barrier rings, I’ll apply a bit of the spray to gauze and then use that to wipe the residue off.

Does it work?

Yes, it works rather well!

Not that I’m surprised since nearly every spray adhesive remover has worked perfectly.

The spray actuator is easy to press and delivers a stream that is fairly narrow and easy to control; I’d estimate the stream to be approx. 15-20 degrees wide.

Hollister Adapt adhesive remover spray coverage
The spray spread of the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover

You can’t really adjust the flow rate of the spray, so it may spray too in some cases. Personally, I like to press the spray nozzle in short bursts for better control.

The spray itself has an odor to it that reminds me of weak nail polish. I do find it slightly stronger smelling than other similar sprays, so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to that kind of thing.

Once it’s on your skin, it quickly evaporates and leaves no lasting residue, however, I still clean the area around my stoma after using it.


At the time of this writing (Jan 2022), the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover spray can be purchased for around CDN$23, which has come down over the years as it used to be much higher than other adhesive remover sprays like the Coloplast Brava or Niltac spray.

Most insurance companies will cover the cost of adhesive removers.


  • Works well to loosen adhesives.
  • Easy to use.
  • 50ml capacity is TSA friendly for carry-on luggage.
  • The lid is secure and won’t come off accidentally.
  • Non-stick formula.
  • Does not leave any residue.
  • Multi-use spray can last over a month depending on the frequency of use.
  • No animal ingredients.
  • Should be easily available anywhere that carries Hollister supplies.


  • You can’t tell when the can is nearing empty.
  • Far more expensive than similar products (at least here in Canada).
  • Some people may find it sprays too much, and you can’t easily regulate the flow.
  • Has a stronger smell compared to similar sprays.

Recommended, but…

Nearly all adhesive remover sprays work well, including this one.

There are no outstanding or unique features that set this product apart from all the other brands, so it ultimately comes down to cost and availability.

If you can find another adhesive remover spray that’s cheaper, go for that one. If all prices are equal, or if your insurance company covers the cost of your supplies, then any (including this one) will work fine.

Not everyone will need an adhesive remover, but many people will find it an invaluable part of their routine that makes appliance changes easier and with less pain!

For more information, or to request samples, please visit: www.hollister.com.

Question: Have you used this adhesive remover spray? How did it work for you?

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Paul Woolley
Paul Woolley
2 years ago

I use this spray on my Hollister wafer with a tape edge. I find that short blasts followed by running my finger as a sort of wedge between the tape edge and skin works well. By the time I get to the wafer enough of the spray has already begun to release the adhesive that it comes off fairly easily. I am going to start using the Brava brand due to cost.

3 years ago

A ma sortie de l’Hospital j’ai reçu un échantillon spray adhésif Hollister j’en suis ravie et je le trouve très efficace en deux pulvérisations ! c’est clair nette et pas besoin de tirailler sur la peau. De plus il ne gêne pas du tout à la tenue du nouveau socle ! Chez nous en Charente maritime ; c’est un accessoire de confort ; il n’est donc pas remboursé par la sécurité sociale. Cela coûte 12,60 euros ! celui que j’utilise depuis le 04 avril de cette année n’est toujours pas fini et il m’en reste encore pour un petit moment !

Translated by admin:


When I left the Hospital I received a sample adhesive spray Hollister I am delighted and I find it very effective in two sprays! it’s clear and no need to tug on the skin. In addition, it does not interfere at all with the holding of the new base! At home in Charente Maritime; it is a comfort accessory; he is therefore not reimbursed by social security. It costs 12.60 euros! the one I use since April 04 this year is still not finished and I still have some for a little while!”

3 years ago

Wow Thanks again Eric . Just watched a few of your videos on the mini guide . Now I wonder if I’ve been doing extra steps that are not needed by doing what little they did teach me in the hospital . I have been using powder and Hollister skin protectant wipes and remover wipes  since surgery in 2016 . I may have to try the barrier (wafer) buy itself and see what happens . Will be gone for a few days but will try that and I will let you know .Hey Lad (John) Thanks for the reminder I need to get the rubbish bins to the street for the rubbish man ! Lol .

3 years ago

Hi Robert, the remover is simply a spray or wipe which helps to loosen the adhesive of the flange/wafer. As Eric says its not an necessity but say ye have broken skin it can help make the removal easier. Here I should have said “Can” LOL. We do have some difference in meanings, you guys take the trash and put it in the trash can, we put the rubbish in the bin.

3 years ago

Good Morning everybody and thank you for the info . I think I may have confused myself on what we are talking about with adhesive removers . Do you all  use an actual adhesive ? I guess where I may be confused is that I don’t use an actual adhesive but I do use a skin protectant that’s what I try to remove with the wipes . Is the skin protectant I’m using (Hollister skin protector wipes)  the same as you all are referring to as adhesive ? I do have spray on medical adhesive but only use that if barrier starts to come loose around edges .Hey Lad ( John) . A tin ? Think I know what ye mean though . You crack me up ! I know what ye are saying about the band aid leaving the stuff behind . Electrical tape band aids leave it too . Ha . Ok it won’t work on the bald thing . But how about dish water blonde hair (gray) will it change it ? Lol

Jim Gallagher
Jim Gallagher
3 years ago

I have use the adhesive spray from Hollister for a couple of years and I am very pleased with it

3 years ago

Hey Robert, Never used a remover spray, just like you carefully peeled it of and then I got one as a sample, it was Hollister!! WOW!!!!!!! what a difference ye would wonder how ye every did without it. The one it use now is Convatec and only reason cause the rest of my items are from their. As far as I know not a big difference in any of them but could be wrong. some spray at an angle better. now a tin don,t go far but great stuff. Have ye ever had that black sticky mark left by a band aid well its great to move that to. Was told it was a cure for baldness as well but I can tell you that’s a lie!!! LOL.

3 years ago

Hey Jim I have to agree with you on the amount of supplies . I too am lucky enough to be on Medicare but they limit me on the bottle of Lube also I get 2 bottles a month and that does not last . That’s why I mix other things with it to make it last .Eric you and Marcie say you use spray to remove the barrier ? I have never tried that I just pull it off and then use the remover wipes to get the skin protectant off . Is there a certain spray that you guys are using I’m sure there are many brands . Hollister products are what I use though  .

3 years ago
Reply to  Robert

Hey Robert,  I use SENSI CARE by convatec.  Medicare allowed one can  50ml. every 2- 3 (?)months..  I pull part of barrier then spray in that area let sit and work away.. use a bit more is needed.  Great on the seal rings around stoma.. :-)  I use this spray only if needed if I have a rash etc.  other times I wipe with the wipes, or just a plain cold wet wash cloth either way–Just as long as I don’t have to bug the heck out of Nellie.. :-)  If she is happy?  I am VERY happy..  M.

3 years ago

This adhesive remover works really well. This is the first spray that I tried and it is so much better than those allkare wipes they sent me home from the hospital with. They leave like a oily residue and I had to to clean that with a alcohol wipe before I put the wafer on and it would burn if my skin is irritated. so far all of your reviews have really helped me with my ostomy. I now know which products work best for me. Thanks for your help.

3 years ago


First let me say that I find your website has helped me tremendously. You provide a wealth of much needed information. I would use your video website.

I do have a ? about adhesive remover pads versus the spray. I didn’t even know there was a spray. Do you find it personal preference for the spray vs the wipes?

Thank you again for all you do.

3 years ago

Dear Eric
I too would love to see all your videos in one place.

Nancy Avey
Nancy Avey
3 years ago

Personally I would love to see all of your videos on one page on your site rather than using utube.

Eric you always have the best interests of the members at heart and, I for one, am so grateful to you.

3 years ago

Eric, thank you for sharing all your valuable experience and insight! You’ve been my “go-to” since my partner had ileostomy surgery in December — we’ve learned a tremendous amount of information. SInce we are in Ontario as well, we are using CMD for our ileostomy supplies. Do you have other recommendations for affordable supply companies? Cheers!

3 years ago

Eric, I agree that the “tape” barrier/wafer would need more of the spray.. I use my spray like you do peal then spray let it sit and see if any more is needed which sometimes is around the stoma, as we don’t want to bother that area.. So, a little touch of spray near the seal, then rest and peal off gently. I think this would be to much spray as I am like Jim here. Medicare = 1 spray very 3 months.. So, we have to be careful.. They started that a year and a half ago.. :-( Thanks for the input Eric.. —
But I see that wasted spray is included in the can. Marcie..

Jim Gallagher
Jim Gallagher(@jimbo)
3 years ago

I have used the Hollister spray remover and am very satisfied. I also use their lubricant packets which are great. In the states we are limited by Medicare on how many boxes of packets we can buy so every other month I am allowed to order 3 boxes and 1 bottle of lubricant. This has to be rationed to last 60 days. The bottle of lubricant only lasts approximately 8 days but I disagree with your negative review of the bottled lube. It does the job but doesn’t last long enough. Great site!