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.
By mkymlp from NE PA
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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.
It's easier to use a blow dryer on the label where it's glued to the glass. The heat will melt the glue.
I find soaking the jars in cold water overnight works best. They usually just slip off without leaving a sticky residue. Less elbow grease!
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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