Remove a Label, Save a Bottle!
Have a sticky label situation? Don’t fret! Here are a few tricks of the trade to get glass bottles and jars de-glued:
Note: these methods are specifically meant for glass and may not be suitable for other materials like plastic or metal.
1. Try the slow peel – a little patience can save you the most hassle when it comes to removing sticky labels. Peel them off slowly and gently, and you’re likely to get the entirety of the label and its adhesive all at once. *The. best. way. period.*
2. Warm water soak – for whatever paper or stickiness is left behind, give the bottle a good soak in some warm soapy water for an hour or two (or even overnight if it’s convenient). Give it a good scrub, and then see what you’re working with.
3. Orange oil or vinegar – for stickiness that still persists, try applying a few drops of orange essential oil (a natural solvent) or a bit of vinegar. Both are renowned for their cleaning power in eco-friendly households.
4. Razor blade scrape – if you have some stubborn goo that just wont quit, bust out the big guns: grab a safety razor and gently (and carefully) scrape it away.
These methods *should* get your glass wine bottles, beer bottles, and mason jars shining like new and ready to reuse!
(image: Toledo Wines and Vines)