Easily Remove Jar Labels

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Glass jars are particularly handy to reuse. I've seen many youtube DIY and crafting videos where people spend way too much time and energy removing the labels. This simple method takes 30 minutes and no scrubbing is involved!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Required for this project:

  • The jar whose label is to be removed, filled with water
  • Hot water
  • Tablespoon
  • Baking soda
  • A vessel with a diameter of the jar diameter plus 5 cm (approximately 2")

Step 2: Prepare Your Solution

Add 1 tbsp baking soda to the vessel. Stir in about 1 1/2 cups of hot water.

Step 3: Soak the Jar

Lower the jar into the vessel. If the water does not cover the label add more hot water until it does.

Step 4: Wait 15-30 Minutes

Wait 15-30 minutes. The labels will slide right off the jar.

Step 5: Wipe Off the Glue Remnants

There will be a little glue residue left on the jar, it will wipe off with a wet cloth.

Wash the jar and use it for anything you like.

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    John Peter RobertS

    1 year ago

    I use ordinary cooking oil, it doesn't matter if it's this or that.
    It works like magic.

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    Maker Saga

    1 year ago

    I didn't know baking soda could be used for this purpose. I had been using rubbing alcohol and soap, but that didn't work well. Thanks.

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    MakerQueenMaker Saga

    Reply 1 year ago

    It works really well - no scrubbing or sticky remnents!

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    SimonH166

    1 year ago

    Just used this... 15 minutes and voila!

    Worked great!