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Removing Plastic and Foil Seals from Food Containers

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Spoon breaking through gold colored foil on a plastic coffee container
It can be next to impossible to completely remove all of the plastic or foil seals on bottles, jars, and food tubs. This is a guide about removing plastic and foil seals from food containers.
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April 6, 2016

I like to repurpose all sorts of plastic containers, bottles, and jars. Often the original contents is covered by a paper, foil, or plastic seal. No matter how carefully I remove the seal, I sometimes have remnants of the seal stuck to the edges of the container. It is unsightly and unsanitary. Does anyone have tips for removing it? I have tried soaking, scraping, Goo Gone, vegetable oil, etc. The foil seals are the worst.

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April 6, 20160 found this helpful

I guess it's just scraping but I use one of those plastic pamper chef scrapers for things like that. I would guess the goo gone doesn't work well on the foil ones because it's harder for the goo gone to penetrate the foil to get to the glue. Soaking in hot water, scraping and then maybe goo gone any remaining stickiness is what I do. It can be surprisingly difficult, though.

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April 12, 20161 found this helpful

99% of the time the glue is a thermal (hot-melt) glue that yields quite nicely to steam from your steam iron. Soften it with the steam and if necessary, scrape the rim with a butter knife (not a serrated knife).

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