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Use Microwave to Help Remove RX Labels

After many times of trying to remove labels from empty pill bottles to remove my identity from them before discarding them, I hit on a new way tonight. I was standing at my kitchen sink, next to the microwave. I filled my empty pill bottle with water, sat it in the microwave, heated the water in the micro for a few seconds or minutes. I removed the bottle from the microwave, dumped the water out and just like that the label peeled right off that bottle. No more struggling with labels for me.

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By Arlene from Lancaster, PA

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June 24, 20082 found this helpful
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No electricity version:

Vegetable oil or baby oil works to remove the stickiness, without wasting electricity. Peel off what you can and then wipe or spray on the oil, let it soak in for 15 mins or so, then peel.

All medication bottles are recyclable too. They are either #1 or #2 plastic and can be recycled anywhere, even your recycle box from your trash service.

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June 2, 20190 found this helpful

All of my translucent orange bottles are 5s. Our local recycling only takes 1s & 2s.

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Anonymous
October 24, 20210 found this helpful

I have never found this to work.

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June 24, 20082 found this helpful
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A hairdryer works great, too! That's what I use to get the labels off prescription bottles. I also use it for getting price stickers off packages and books.

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Anonymous
October 14, 20164 found this helpful
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WD40 removes them quickly with no adhesive residue left on the bottle

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June 24, 20085 found this helpful

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I discard many bottles every month, and remove the labels with my fingernails. NO MORE! Hurray! I wouldn't have thought of this!

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August 25, 20164 found this helpful

There is a place you can help other people a world away. it is called The Malawi project. if you send your empty prescription bottles you will be helping needy people keep their medicines from breaking apart.

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we throw them away anyways, why not help them?

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December 7, 20161 found this helpful
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Thanks for your suggestion. Works great. Do not over heat, no more than 20 seconds for two bottles. Be careful, very hot.

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

How do you send them? We had a program to do this but they stopped taking them.

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Anonymous
June 18, 20171 found this helpful

Where can we send them I can pass this on to people who clean houses as a living and stop put them in landfill.

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June 15, 20181 found this helpful

Just tried this. It worked like a charm. Thank you for the information, it really save me a lot of time.

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May 16, 20191 found this helpful

Google places that do this. There are several.

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November 13, 20190 found this helpful

The Malawi Project has ended. They are no longer excepting empty prescription bottles.

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August 23, 20200 found this helpful

This organization accepts clean pill bottles.

Website: m25m.org/pillbottles

Review and Fact-check of this organization...

www.fox19.com/story/24257290/reality-check-matthew-25-ministries/

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By Dorothy from Somerset Pa (Guest Post)
June 24, 20084 found this helpful

This is a great idea. I like to keep the bigger RX bottles to put little items in them for storage, like my sewing things. Pins, needles, paper clips, and items like that.

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I always try to take the labels off of them. This will make it a lot easier to remove them. Thanks for the good idea, Arlene.

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June 25, 20082 found this helpful

Another way to remove lables from med bottles or just about anything is use a blow dryer and heat the lable up for a few seconds, then remove them.

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September 8, 20171 found this helpful

well this is simply amazing!

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October 30, 20181 found this helpful

Works on some, not all.

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Anonymous
January 6, 20200 found this helpful

hair dryer only takes the label not the sticky part.

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January 9, 20191 found this helpful

Perfect!!! Thank you for this suggestion it really works like a charm. I put the bigger pill bottles in the microwave for 25 seconds and then peeled the labels off like a breeze.

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I'd already tried the freezer idea. It didn't work for me. Just pouring hot water in the bottle, also didn't work for me. This way is perfect!!!!!

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April 4, 20191 found this helpful

This did not work for me on Express Scripts/Medco labels... bummer!

Publix' Rx bottles/labels are very easy to remove without any special effort required.

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November 24, 20190 found this helpful

Works great! Thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous
February 1, 20200 found this helpful

SCRAP FABRIC IDEA

Step 1
I LOVE THIS IDEA

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Anonymous
February 1, 20200 found this helpful

THANK YOU FOR TELLING ABOUT DOING THIS. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS IDEA

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May 30, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you for this! Works like a charm for super stubborn labels.

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June 1, 20200 found this helpful

If using a microwave, be absolutely certain you remove any remainder of the foil seal which may have covered the mouth of the bottle. Otherwise you may start a fire in the microwave.

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June 6, 20200 found this helpful

The boiling in a pot will remove the lables, but how do you remove the glue from the bottles. I have like 200 bottles to do.

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I wanted them for seeds. WD40 doesn't work and neither does goop off. There has to be an easier solution.

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May 8, 20210 found this helpful

I use mineral spirits on a rag.

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Anonymous
February 13, 20210 found this helpful

Thank you this works wonderful!

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December 4, 20210 found this helpful

The dishwasher is also a very efficient way to remove the label and the adhesive .

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