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How to get labels off jars and bottles: 14 easy ways

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Outlines 14 methods for how to get labels off jars and bottles easily, using common substances found in nearly every home kitchen.

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Have you noticed that some glass containers are easy to reuse? Sometimes it’s the sizes and other times it’s the shapes that are simply too good to make the way to the trash container.

If only it weren’t for the annoying labels! Unfortunately, not all of them come off so easily with soaking in water. The detergent also fails with stubborn label adhesives. We tried a total of 14 different methods for how to get labels off jars and also how to get labels off wine bottles. They all have special advantages, find out which trick works best for your jar or bottle. It is best to first peel off the paper layer on the sticker. 

How to get labels off jars: 14 methods

how to get labels off jars

1. Coconut oil

With the help of coconut oil, most labels can be peeled off amazingly easily. This is because the coconut oil has a high saturated fat content.

2. Margarine or cooking oil

Some adhesives can be removed with cooking oil. Put oil on a kitchen towel and rub into the glue residue. The glue is now loosening and can be wiped off with the kitchen paper. For really stubborn adhesives, leave the oil on for a few hours or overnight.

You will notice that the strong, almost superglue-like, adhesiveness has disappeared. The glue dissolves and can be removed with your fingers, a knife or a kitchen towel. If necessary, repeat this procedure until the last residue is removed.

3. Hot oil method

The area to be removed is coated with hot oil and the adhesive that has already peeled off is wiped off with a cloth.

4. Soda-oil mixture

A soda-oil mixture also works very well. Process the same amount of baking soda (baking soda works too) and vegetable oil into a pulp. One to two teaspoons is enough for a large label. Then you distribute this mass on the surface to be treated. Leave on for about 30 minutes and then peel off the label. If there is any glue residue left on the glass, the soda-oil mixture can be rubbed with your finger as a good emery compound. The layer should now dissolve quickly. You can find more great uses for the miracle cure soda here . Here are a few tips on how to buy soda  and order soda online

5. Hair dryer

The hair dryer can also do a good job, but it will not remove the harder labels in an energy-saving way. To do this, point the hot hairdryer at the label and wait for the adhesive to dissolve when exposed to heat. Peel off the label or remove the adhesive with a knife or cloth.

6. Ceramic hob scraper

Another possibility is a ceramic hob scraper. You can use it dry or in combination with the oily options mentioned above. This tool is well suited for square glass containers with smooth surfaces. With round surfaces and also very tough glue, however, it becomes more of a risk of injury than it does quickly clean the container.

7. Back of knife and fork tines

With these tools, you can usually easily scrape off the previously soaked label. In difficult cases, the oil with a longer soaking time is preferable.

8. Copper or stainless steel sponge

A copper or stainless steel sponge, such as that used to clean pots, is also very suitable for scraping down. The advantage here is the extensive processing of the adhesive point. On the other hand, there is the effort of final cleaning, which can get out of hand with the sticky label fluff.

9. Abrasive fleece or rough carpet residues

With abrasive fleece or a very coarse piece of carpet, you can rub in the oil or margarine more firmly and scrape it off more easily.

10. Dishwasher

If you put the glasses with labels in the dishwasher for cleaning, the labels will in many cases peel off easily. The labels collect in the drain strainer, often in the form of small snippets. However, you shouldn’t use this method for large quantities of bottles and glasses, or too often, as glue and paper may collect in your dishwasher and affect it. It is also unclear what effects washing water containing glue has on the rest of the dishes.

11. Lemon and baking soda

Halve a lemon and spread a tablespoon of baking soda on the cut surface. Now rub the label with it. Possibly add some help with hot water and then peel off the sticker.

12. Glass cleaner

Do not half scratch off the price labels beforehand, instead sprinkle 1-2 drops of glass cleaner over them, leave for 3-4 minutes and peel off with a glass scraper. Is completely removed and does not attack plastic, as happens with lighter fluid, which makes plastic surfaces completely dull.

13. Hand cream

Many labels and price tags can be removed by using hand cream. Peel off the paper layer first, and then let some hand cream sit on the label for a little while, then it can be very easy to remove.

14. Candle or lighter flame

This is especially good for price tag labels. This loosens the adhesive underneath and makes it easy to peel off. This also works particularly well with books, records, CDs, etc.

Nothing stands in the way of the environmentally friendly reuse of fruit, vegetable or jam jars, wine, oil and swing top bottles once you know how to get labels off jars! Use the clean jars and bottles, for example, for the following things: To store the homemade washing powder, dishwasher powder  or the detergent made from pasta water. Bottles are suitable for your own fruit juice , honey, or milk kefir — or any other choice you like.