Introduction: How to Remove Labels Fr Empty Prescription Bottles

Step 1: Fill Bottle With Hot Water

Remove cap from prescription bottle and fill bottle with hot water.

Step 2: Allow Bottle to Sit for Two Minutes

Replace cap on bottle filled with hot water and allow bottle to sit for two minutes.

Step 3: Peel Label Off of Bottle

Gently peel label off of bottle filled with hot water.

Step 4: Pour Water Out of Bottle and Allow to Dry

Pour water out of bottle and turn upside down on towel to drain. Dispose of label properly. Bottle is ready for reuse or recycling.

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ramack (author)2017-02-11

I partially fill the bottle with water and heat it in the microwave. Both paper and plastic labels peel right off. The residue remains, but I don't care since I only want the label off before I toss the bottles in the recycling.

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tcwilless (author)2016-10-19

Put WD 40 on the label. Let it soak for a minute or two then peel. Label and adhesive come off and leave a clean bottle.

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GeorgeW104 (author)2016-06-13

Go ahead, try it, it won't help! Yes label comes off but the sticky adhesive it was held on with will stay on the bottle. I have not been able to find a solvent that will remove the adhesive. Anyone know how to do this?

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Ggungaby (author)2016-03-07

Huh. I may have to try this. I'm collecting prescription bottles and trying to figure out what to do with them.

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chasmyn (author)Ggungaby2016-05-14

The Malawi Project is always looking for prescription bill bottles, as another option.

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MarianneY2 (author)chasmyn2016-06-05

From the Malawi Project website:UPDATE – DECEMBER 20, 2015 – AFTER REACHING MORE THAN 1 MILLION PILL CONTAINERS THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. The Malawi Project Board of Directors has turned its attention to (1) famine relief, (2) getting medical supplies, including 30 kidney dialysis machines, to Malawi as well as another shipment of over 500 wheelchairs and, (3) gaining the funds from contributors to build a new birthing center south of the capital city of Lilongwe. Thank you for your support of the pill container program and please continue with us on future projects.

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chasmyn (author)Ggungaby2016-05-14

The Malawi Project is always looking for prescription bill bottles, as another option.

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BobS150 (author)2016-03-26

Slightly warm the bottle with a hair dryer. Label peels right of.

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ken2164 (author)2016-03-24

simple enough....I have always tried to scrape the label off from the outside with a knife, etc. Sounds like this will be much easier...Thanx.

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Kathys Smokin (author)2015-07-17

Fantastic! I like to reuse nicer condiment jars for canning but some of the labels are really stubborn -- even after 2 or 3 days of soaking the paper falls apart but that glue strip still won't budge. I'm going to try either hot water or a heat gun. A microwave was used to get a label off in another instructable ("Teach an old flashlight a new trick") but I can't try that, we got rid of ours.

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dbillings (author)2014-03-23

For jelly jars, I usually soak in warm water, dry and use peanut butter to remove remaining adhesive if any. Have you tried the heat gun method ? It may work on jars as well

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dbillings (author)2014-03-23

I will have to try the heat gun. Sounds like a great idea as well.

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dbillings (author)2014-03-23

It probably does depend on the type of adhesive. This method has worked very well for me. If adhesive remains on the bottle, try peanut butter. Start with a small amount and rub it over the bottle. Add more as needed then wipe off with a paper towel. You may need to wash with warm water. & soap to remove greasy film.

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pfred2 (author)2014-01-16

I use my heat gun. Bottle is dry as soon as I'm done.

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Lectric Wizard (author)2014-01-16

Thanks for the tip, I've used a mix of alcohol & cooking oil & then washing with dish soap. This looks much easier !!

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neo71665 (author)2014-01-16

They have a clear laminate the stick on top of the labels here to help stop pill poppers from tampering with the label. You have to peel that off tearing the paper label then soaking and scrubbing the rest off.

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rimar2000 (author)2014-01-16

Interesting, but I think it depends on the adhesive type used. Some labels are aeasy to take off, others are difficult.

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iburrow (author)2014-01-16

thanks for that, any good tips for cleaning labels off jam jars?

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