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Easiest, least messy way to remove labels from glass bottles!

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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.

 
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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.

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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.

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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!
sdblackmon27 days ago

I just put my wine bottle in the oven at 350 and let them sit for about 10-15 minutes and the labels peeled right off! YEAH!!! If you do this make sure you use an oven mitt. If there is any liquid in the bottle it turns to steam so watch out!

after much experimenting, i have found the sure fire best method to get these labels off the bottle.

youll need a bucket, or a vessel to soak in (sink, tub, etc), baking soda, and hot water.

fill
each bottle up with the hottest water you can, placing the cap back on
if possible to keep the heat in. no need for boiling hot water, just
hot from the tap will work.

pour a generous amount of baking soda in to your bucket.

place all the bottles in the bucket and fill with same hot water.

allow to soak overnight.

depending
on the condition of the labels, they will basically fall off the next
morning. the baking soda and hot water dissolves a good portion of the
glue.

DANGER! Please, please don't use naptha (carcinogenic, neurotoxic), WD40 (same), or any other solvent for removing bottle labels! This is completely NOT safe or sustainable in any way. Please soak the bottles in warm, soapy water to loosen the paper (just leave it overnight). Then rub with olive or any other vegetable oil to remove the glue. Finally, use soap and water to remove the oil. Three steps to keep your home healthier!
This method didn't work for the whiskey bottle I'm using; it removed the paper, but left the glue. Which does make it easier, I guess.
 Rather than weighting the bottle down, just fill it with water to a level higher than the vessel you're soaking it with.
I thought the same, but if you see the attention he put in not wasting water, you can see why he didn't use it.
Nice ideas as I used to save wine bottle labels and press them in a book. That was long ago now but a fun memory.
DragonCMNDR4 years ago
I personally use lighter fluid (zippo kind, or equivalent) to remove labels and sticky residue from glass and metal containers. You can soak full labels and they slide right off, and just rub a cloth dipped in the LF to remove extra adhesive.

When soaking, use a fitted container (with a lid, to prevent evaporation) as mentioned in the 'ible, it allows you to reuse the lighter fluid a couple times... (and yes, its still flammable later on too!)

I picked this trick up from the "Things Remembered" chain of personalized merchandise stores, it's how they clean their products from adhesive before engraving.

-- obvious disclaimer! -- Be careful with open containers of lighter fluid, it is extremely flammable, so keep it away from open flames, electric sparks, heating elements, etc. etc. etc. - use common sense.
CRC and WD40, are excellent for removal, just spray on the area and rub in with finger, I then use my fingernail to scrape the glue off once it's had time to work. The disadvantage of these two products is the smell, so silicon spray might be easier on the nose.

Source Link
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http://www.123-labels.co.uk/faq/learning-centre/how-to-remove-annoying-sticky-labels-from-jars-and-boxes/
rera4 years ago
Try olive oil, it's great for removing labels glue
CaseyCase4 years ago
I use naphtha to remove solvent-based adhesives from bottles and whatnot. Works on stickers, tacky tape residue and so on. Naphtha is much better, less stinky, cheaper than Goo Gone, Goof-Off, etc. Get it at a paint store--it's referred to as VM&P Naphtha.
mae0606694 years ago
Alternatively, you could use a hairdryer to heat up solvent based labels. They peel right off.
rimar20004 years ago
Not all label are glued with soap-water soluble adhesive!
baken4114 years ago
MY GOODNESS! I needed something to peel off labels easier.  Haven't tried it but wouldn't doubt it to work.