Removing Labels from Jars

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. Soak in hot soapy water until label is saturated. Scrape off sections of the label with a scraper or an old plastic supermarket members card. If you slice the sections on the label too small, it will be harder to scrape off.

Some labels have a plastic coating on them and are hard to remove. By cutting sections of the label with a razor blade, breaks the plastic seal and allows the water to penetrate the paper under the plastic. This makes it easier to remove.

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By mkymlp from NE PA

October 1, 20090 found this helpful

Try soaking the jar labels in mineral spirits. That works to soften most paper adhesives.

If you get seriously mad use acetone -- but be very careful with it.

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October 2, 20090 found this helpful

I find soaking the jars in cold water overnight works best. They usually just slip off without leaving a sticky residue. Less elbow grease!

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October 2, 20090 found this helpful

It's easier to use a blow dryer on the label where it's glued to the glass. The heat will melt the glue.

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

The cheapest and simplest way I found was to use acetone, aka nail varnish remover. Soak your jar or put it in the dishwasher to remove the label and then wipe it off with cotton wool dabbed in acetone.

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