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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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October 4, 2011 Flag

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. Peel as much of the paper label off as possible, then fill the jar with water and place in the microwave until the water boils. Between the steam released from the water inside microwave and the heated water against the glass the label adhesive then scrapes right off. However, be very careful of the hot liquid inside!

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By Tracey V. from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful
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Use PAM, or cooking spray, spray it on the sticker residue, rub in, then off! Works fast. And I can always find my cooking spray!

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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!

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By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

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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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April 18, 2012

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:

  1. Peel the label. (Soaking in hot water helps.)
  2. Rub any sticky areas with peanut butter.
  3. Rinse and enjoy, knowing that no chemicals were needed!

Not only did you avoid spending money on some sort of cleaner, you also got to play with your food!

By Anip from Social Circle, GA

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November 11, 20160 found this helpful

Tried the peanut butter it did not work for me tried Olive oil and baking soda, did not work. I'm going to try boiling water in the microwave see if that works

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April 30, 2013

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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November 11, 2016

larger soaking jar, smaller jar with label removed

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I reuse all the glass jars in my house for everything from gifts to storage. I found a way to soak the labels 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.

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July 4, 2011

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

Furniture polish and glass jars.

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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.

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September 1, 2009

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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October 1, 2009

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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April 23, 2013

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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April 21, 2013

It's easy to remove labels from glass jars by taking a bit of cooking oil and slathering it on the jar's label. Let it sit undisturbed overnight and it should slide right off.

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April 24, 2013

After removing the label, left over glue on jars can be removed using charcoal lighter fluid. It works better than anything I have found.

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August 22, 2012

Just soak the jar in hot water, remove what you can, and use steel wool on the rest. It doesn't scratch the glass and you don't have to use chemicals. It's a win, win.

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April 19, 2012

Slightly sand surface of label with sandpaper. Spray with WD-40. Label will come off easily. If not, put napkin on label and saturate with the WD-40. Let sit for as long as necessary.

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January 21, 2016

Try this to get labels off of glass jars. Fill a pot or bucket with very hot water, a few squeezes of Dawn dish soap, and a scoop or two of an "OxiClean-like" powder. LA's Totally Awesome Oxygen Base Cleaner is what I use. Then submerge the glass jar in the mixture and let soak for a considerable amount of time.

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July 25, 2013

Soak glass jars in hottest water that your faucet will allow. Make sure labels are completely submerged. If there is more than one label that can't be submerged rotate the jar until labels are peeling off on their own.

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April 17, 2016

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.

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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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April 20, 20160 found this helpful

Use Goo Gone or a home remedy -- Peanut Butter

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March 31, 2013 Flag

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.

By Katheryne

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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 2, 20130 found this helpful

Acetone should dissolve the glue.

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March 3, 2015 Flag

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

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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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August 23, 20160 found this helpful

I use baking soda

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February 23, 2010

How do I remove label glue from bottles?

By BLC from Elkhart, IN

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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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You can try scraping off what you can with your fingernail, then using fingernail polish remover. Or, another trick I have learned is to use lighter fluid. Again, scrape off what you can, then rub the area with a cotton ball soaked in lighter fluid. Comes right off!

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June 11, 2008 Flag

How do I remove beer bottle labels?

A.E. from UK

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful
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I don't know why they would be any different from any other bottle label. I fill bottles and jars with water. lay them on their sides with the label down in a sink full of water, and soak for as long as needed. Sometimes the glue is stubborn so I use a bit of Goo Gone on the last of it.

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June 14, 20080 found this helpful

If you are wanting to collect the labels, you need to get them new from the brewery. There is no way to get them off the bottle in good condition. There are labels up on eBay.

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November 10, 2015 Flag

Can you use baby oil, or only vegetable oil?

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November 11, 20150 found this helpful

Baby oil is only mineral oil, vegetable oil is, well, oil from vegetables-corn, cotton seed, olives, etc. Both can be used to remove labels and tags. Sometimes one may work better than the other, depending upon the label or tag adhesive type.

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November 11, 20150 found this helpful

Peanut butter is all you need. It's a sure thing in many homes. PBP

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