Removing Labels from Glass Jars

Glass jars can be reused in a wide variety of ways from storage to crafts, but first you will want to remove the label. This is a guide about removing labels from glass jars.
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November 11, 2016 Flag

I reuse all the glass jars in my house for everything from gifts to storage. I hate labels so I found a nice and easy way to soak them off without having to fill your whole sink. Just fill a larger jar with the smaller one you want cleaned. Put a drop of dish washing liquid in the smaller jar and fill with very hot water. Make sure it covers the top and flows down the sides. This is key.

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Leave it to do it's job and the next day, your label will most likely stay in the water as you take out the jar. It's easy, doesn't take up much room and works great.

N-JOY!

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November 15, 20161 found this helpful

You are very welcome. I admit this works better on glass but try it with the honey plastic ones. Overnight you never know how well it might work!!

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

April 13, 2012 Flag

In my quest to reclaim a Mason jar (specifically Classico pasta sauce jars) I needed to soak off the labels. I submerged the jars in hot water and let them sit until the paper was easy to pull off. The best part with the Classico jars is that the glue they use is also water soluble! So I was able to remove the glue with hot soapy water. With other jar, I removed the glue with Goo Gone and a paper towel. I was amazed at how well this worked!

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

April 24, 20131 found this helpful
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I love vinegar and use it for everything, I have a spray bottle full. To remove a label, I simply wet the label good then I spray with vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes. Remove the label, then respray the glue with vinegar and wipe.

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February 6, 20160 found this helpful

October 4, 2011 Flag
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I paint glass jars and find at times the labels are nearly impossible to remove without using chemicals. I found a much easier way and it's far less frustrating.

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April 30, 2013 Flag
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You can make a Goo Gone alternative that works very well by mixing two parts vegetable oil with one part baking soda. The oil loosens the glue, and the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive to wipe it away.

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April 18, 2012 Flag
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I do not remember where I learned this, but I am so glad I did. This tip has always worked for me. The easiest way to remove labels and sticker residue from glass jars is as follows.

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April 17, 2016 Flag

How do I get labels off jars? I have tried soaking in hot soapy water with dish washing power in it. I have even put them in the dishwasher. The label still won't come off and I am running out of ideals. Please help me out. I would like to use the jars to make something pretty out of them.

July 4, 20160 found this helpful
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If you can't peel the sticker off, soak it in hot water and dish soap. If there is still a sticky residue left over, I use lemon essential oil. It removes sticky residue like magic. Just put a little on a cotton ball and rub over the sticky residue and it will come right off.

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November 29, 20160 found this helpful

March 3, 2015 Flag
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So how does everyone remove the digital writing, sell-by dates, etc. from the tops of jars? It's fairly easy to get if off the glass with a dry brush scrub. What I'm talking about is the caps. I have tried lots of things. Alcohol did not work.

By Vee333

March 4, 20150 found this helpful
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I have used hairspray (also removes ink from clothes). Then there is Goof Off... a good little can product to keep around as it can do many "remove" jobs. Good luck!

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September 8, 20160 found this helpful

February 23, 2010 Flag
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How do I remove label glue from bottles?

By BLC from Elkhart, IN

October 15, 20080 found this helpful
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I usually use WD-40; spray it on, let it sit, peel the label off, wipe any residue with a paper towel, then wash them all in soapy water. Looks like more steps than it is. I have even used it to successfully remove sticker residue inside pricey leather shoes with no ill aftereffects. Good luck!

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February 23, 20100 found this helpful
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July 4, 2011 Flag
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I did not want to mar the surface so I took some WD40 and a soft cloth. I put the WD40 on the cloth, and gently rubbed until all the sticky glue was gone. I then washed my bottles and dried them to use for my craft.

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June 18, 2015 Flag
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I realized that if I just spray a coat of furniture polish on the jar and let it sit, the label and all the sticky glue comes right off with the wipe of a towel.

Furniture polish and glass jars.

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March 31, 2013 Flag
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I have a Yankee Candle jar that held a large candle. I got the label peeled off, but I'm still trying to remove the glue. Any ideas? I've tried soaking and scrubbing, but some of it's still there.

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January 20, 20160 found this helpful
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GOO GONE!!! I had a similar problem and researched various options after trying many things. I tore up a sturdy paper towel into pieces that would cover the sticky residue and saturated them with Goo Gone, and then covered the sticky stuff with that. After only letting it rest for a few minutes, I then used soaked towel to scrape off the rest of the residue and it came right off!!! Hope this helps other who found this forum looking for an easy solution that wouldn't take too much time or drive them crazy scraping for hours!

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April 10, 20130 found this helpful

October 1, 2009 Flag

Do you like to save glass jars to reuse as storage, but sometimes have problems removing the labels? Using a razor blade or what I use is a razor box cutter, slice large sections of the label.

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September 1, 2009 Flag

I made an alarming discovery today quite by accident. I am a compulsive recycler so I save all my spaghetti sauce jars. I use the same brand all the time so they match.

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April 23, 2013 Flag
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The best way I have found to get rid of sticker/label residue is a few drops of olbas oil. It slips off with a gentle scrape of the dull side of a knife.

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