Easiest, Least Messy Way to Remove Labels From Glass Bottles!





Introduction: Easiest, Least Messy Way to Remove Labels From Glass Bottles!

Product labels on bottles aren't decals so they are particularly hard to remove but scraping away with a razor or using Goo-Gone can be pain-staking and/or messy.

I recently had several wine bottles soaking in the kitchen sink and thought to myself, "what a waste of water and space". Since the sink is so wide and the bottles have a couple inches+ of girth, I end up having to fill the sink half way!

Then it dawned on me...a fitted container would require far less water! So I dug in my cabinets, found a plastic-ware container and tested it out.

Step 1: What You Need

-Water source
-Glass bottle with label
-Tall (or shaped to fit) container
-Regular dish soap

Check that your glass bottle will fit inside you container. There shouldn't be a lot of wiggle room for the bottle but there should be space enough for water to sit between the bottle and the sides of the container.

Step 2: Soap It.

Pour a small amount of soap in the bottom of the container. This will help dissolve the label's glue.

Step 3: Water Time.

Set the container down in the middle of the sink (or any area that will capture excess water and/or spillage) and make sure it is stable.

Then fill the container with water but don't fill it to the brim! Fill it with just enough water to cover the label when the bottle is sitting flush against the bottom of the container. This will save water and clean-up time.

Step 4: Check Your Water Level.

Once you have a satisfactory amount of water in your container, remove the bottle and take a gander at how much water you're not using! This is the point of this instructable, saving water when using it to craft!

Step 5: Weight the Bottle.

Now we need to get the bottle, which is full of air and thus floating, to sit flush to the bottom of the container while it soaks. Depending on the height, etc. of your bottle, you may choose a number of items to help weight it down. I have chosen to use another bottle of which I have cut the top off.

Be careful not to put an object over the bottle that might break or tilt and fall!

Step 6: Pull Off the Label.

This label literally only took enough time for me to place the weight-object over the bottle, take it's picture and then set the camera down, for it to peel off!

Bottle labels will differ in soaking-time length. The great thing about using water and soap is you can check it every so often without having to reset the whole process or clean-up everything again.

If given enough time, the label should peel off the bottle in 1 piece.

Good Luck!

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Another way is to leave bottle out in sun on warm days to soften glue and carefully peel label. Some will come off in one piece. Use the label to pull off sticky remnants of glue from bottle or a peice of duct tape to pull off any sticky remnants of glue from bottle.

using the citrus base cleaners will dissolve the glue and is less toxic than most other industrial solvents. You need to apply & allow a little time for it to soak under or thru the label & it comes right off. You'll need to wipe gooey glue remains away& wash. Requires minimal water & no scraping.

I literally just used a cottonball and nail polish remover on a jack daniels bottle. Easiest. Removal. Ever.

Well, that version only requires soap and not chemical products, so I guess that makes it automatically a better solution?

this it's the easiest method I've ever found. beats everything :


I used a 5 gal bucket to soak a bunch of beer and wine bottles all at the same time. Works great! Even on stubborn labels, though those I had to use an old dish scrubber, but even that was like scrubbing off rubbery ketchup. Thanks!

Omg!!! I combined 2 of your ideas. Oven WORKS GREAT!!! I used a thin knife with an oven mitt to hold Judy top of bottle with my hand flat, labels peeled right off, leaving minimal glue behind.
Then I tried rubbing alcohol to get excess glue off it worked but it spread the glue before removing it taking some time and elbow grease.
So then I did the lighter fluid. A dab will do!! About 5-7 drops, rub it leave it for 1-2 minutes rubs right off!!!
I tried this on a painted/frosted it baked good but glue would not fully come off with lighter fluid or rubbing alcohol. I tried makeup remove since it removed residual sticky on my hands and it removed the frost ☹️ The lighter fluid didn't. OH IMPORTANT***** Make sure bottles are completely cool. Lighter fluid still works if warm but it takes more.

love this remedie

Oxiclean is excellent for removing labels. They slide right off after about an hour's soak in just a pinch of Oxi in water.

Can I tell you how well this actually worked? I have to Make 15 centerpieces for a wedding in a week and needed a quick way to get the labels off with something I already had at home. This worked so well! So, thanks for sharing!