Step 3: Soak Your Bottles and Scrub Off the Labels

Now you’ll want to soak the bottles for a while (maybe half an hour to an hour) before you start trying to scrub the labels off, and you’ll want to soak them in hot water to help dissolve the adhesive.  (While soaking, you can move on to step 4.)  There’s not much to this step; just elbow grease and patience.  I found it worked better to work on the label from the bottom up and to move back and forth, scraping it off evenly with the rough backside of the sponge.  Not only does it come off in larger chunks, meaning less clean-up, but it also seems to pull the adhesive off better.
What a satisfying finished product! I was thinking maybe using rubbing alcohol as opposed to water might keep the liquid clearer longer, as the water might cloud after while.
Ah, I didn't think about that! I would say go for smaller bottles if you wanted to do rubbing alcohol, just because that would be something like two and half gallons of alcohol for Boone's Farm bottles! Smirnoff Ice bottles would be good for that purpose I think, though the labels might be harder to take off.

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