You have a perfect reusable container if you can easily get that label off. This is a guide about removing labels from plastic containers.
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I make a lot of presents using jars that have those darn sticky labels on them. Then I found this, it works wonderfully!
Lightweight, non-reactive, unbreakable, and usually airtight plastic containers are perfect for storing dried herbs and other treasures. Reusing them reduces waste and environmental impact much more effectively than labor - and chemistry-intensive industrial recycling. The only hitch is those stupid labels. Most glues don't stick to plastic, so the ones used to stick labels on it have to be practically bulletproof. Unlike glass containers, plastic ones can't be de-labeled by soaking in hot water. Scrubbing scratches up the plastic, and even then it only removes the paper. Tacky glue remains to stick to hands and attract dirt. But, removing labels from plastic containers is deceptively easy once you know how. For success every time, without scratched containers or residual glue, follow this simple procedure:
Apply a thick coat of cooking oil to the label in question. Allow it to soak in, undisturbed, for 24 hours. Try to peel the label off. If it comes readily, proceed to the next step. If it doesn't, repeat steps 1 and 2. (Many labels require two applications; some take several.) After the label has been peeled off, some sticky, partly dissolved glue will remain. To remove it, coat the area with oil a final time and allow it to sit overnight. Wipe off the oil and dissolved glue, then wash the container in hot, soapy water. No trace of label or glue will remain.
Although this is not the book in which you'd expect to find information about removing labels, it does in fact have one of the best set of directions for solving this very commonly frustrating challenge. It is also one of my favorite books, because of tidbits just such as this.
Source: Adapted from The Neighborhood Forager, by Robert K. Henderson and Annie B. Bond
By JodiT from Aurora,CO
Use a hair dryer. Move it over label for a few minutes on warm, then turn dryer off. Start to peel from one corner. It should peel easily. If there is any residue left, use a cotton bud with a little eucalyptus oil. That will dissolve it. Wash in soapy water to clear any smell of the oil.
By Lyn from Bowen, Australia
Use dry erase board markers for labeling plastic food storage containers. They will easily wash off with soapy water.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
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Here are questions related to Removing Labels from Plastic Containers.
How does one remove the sticky residue left after removing labels from plastic jars?
By Richard D.
G'Day Richard from South Australia
Purchase a bottle of orange oil, just a few dabs on cotton wool and hey presto no more sticky goo and the plus is your left with a wonderful smell of citrus.
Here in South Australia we are able to purchase a product. It is not an aerosol item (I am allergic to them) just a pump pack spray called Orange Oil, we kept one in the toilet, much nicer than the 'pretend aroma of citrus.
How do you remove the labels from laundry detergent and kitty litter jugs? Some of them seem to be sealed on. - M
By Miriam (Guest Post)01/27/2006
Let me clarify this request... the product name, etc is not a label (as in paper glued onto the package) it is some kind of plastic which seems heat (?) sealed onto the container. I have had marginal success using packaging tape to strip the product info off yet this is expensive! Help! These are fabulous containers (laundry detergent, cat litter, etc) for planting flowers, tomotoes, etc yet I don't want to advertise the previous contents! thanks -
How do you remove adhesive label from plastic?
By Tammie from Fenton, MI
By Jim Shorts10/07/2011
To remove labels from medicine bottles do the following:
1. Heat water in tea kettle until it whistles (careful water is HOT).
2. Fill medicine bottle with water put lid back on.
3. Set timer for 5 minutes.
4. When timer goes off remove label.
I have tested this several times with different times and temperatures and this is the best method.
How do I get the sticky labels off plastic containers?
Use vegetable oil (Crisco, Wesson) by putting on the label so it is saturated & let it stay on there for 15-20 mins. then try to remove. Repeat if still there. A quicker fix is Good B Gone which is meant specifically for this. Vegetable oil works, just slower & usually have to re apply more than one time.
I'm at a loss to remove a label from a baby wipes container (Pampers brand). It seems to be sealed onto the container. Anyone?
Use hair dryer. Try to lift up a corner of the label. Direct the heat under the corner. Be patient. Lift slowly. THis also works on price labels etc. Good luck.
I want to reuse plastic jars, prescription, Pepcid bottles. I need to remove the existing label, clean, sterilize, and print new labels for Milk-Bone Brand MaroSnacks.
How do I remove the label? It kind of peels off by fingernail. Is there an easier way.
By M. C. from Phoenix, AZ
How do I remove the label from hard plastic fresh pie and cake containers that are purchased in the bakery section of stores?
What is the best way to get labels off plastic bottles? I have tried almost everything.
I have tried to find almost everything. What is the best way to take labels off plastic bottles, jars, etc.
By Mario F.
Soak and then peel or scrape the label off. Rub 'Goof Off' on the glue residue, and wipe that off with a plastic scrubby and then a rag. You might need to reapply the Goof Off. When glue residue is gone wash with hot water and dish soap.
I am having a difficult time removing labels off plastic jars, etc. I have tried many suggestions. Glass is easy. Some labels on plastic jars are crazy hard to remove.
By Mario F.
I have tried most everything. It takes forever. Trust me I have used many, many techniques some are better then others, but it still takes a long long time. I am only talking about plastic bottles.
By Irene Saltsgaver06/09/2013
Set your hair dryer on hot and blow on the label. Just peel the label off easily. There may be a bit of sticky left that will come off with peanut butter rubbed on and wiped off.
How do you remove glue from a plastic container? I have tried soaking the plastic with liquid soap wrapped around a washcloth. It did not work.
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Whatever method you use, first test the cleaning/removal material in an inconspicuous part of the surface the label is stuck on the be sure it will not damage that surface.
If the label on the plastic has been wet, or the article has been stored where it was hot or humid, it will be more difficult to remove.
1. Dampen a small piece of cloth, or the end of a swab stick (cotton twisted on the end of a wooden match or orange stick). Dip cotton end in dry cleaning fluid.
2. Allow the fluid to remain on the label only long enough to allow the label to be rubbed off. Wipe away excess fluid immediately, and wash article in sudsy water and dry. (DO NOT ALLOW FLUID TO REMAIN ON THE PLASTIC SURFACE VERY LONG, AS IT WILL DULL THE FINISH OF THE PLASTIC.)
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with reference from Mary Ellen Delsipee, and Isabel Jones, previous Extension specialists.
Source: MSU Extension
How do I remove a large paper manufacturer's label that is glued on plastic? It is not one of those easily removable labels that use a peel off glue. I can't tear it off.
Dennis from Vernon, NJ
By Erin B
By Paula Jo, Mebane NC USA
By Lorraine Weaver
It's nice to use the clear plastic bakery containers from Superstores for your own food giving, but what about the label? Try to pull very slowly so it comes off in one piece, then use the label itself instead of commercial products to remove the glue residue. Place it over the glue spots, scrape your fingernail across it, and pull it up. Much of the glue will come off. If you keep dabbing the label on, then pulling off, then dabbing, etc., soon you will have a residue-free container with no scratch marks that you can re-use.
By Patricia from Imperial, NE