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
-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.
Step 3: Water Time.
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.
Step 5: Weight the Bottle.
Be careful not to put an object over the bottle that might break or tilt and fall!
Step 6: Pull Off the Label.
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.