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How to remove labels from bottles and jars



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In an effort to become more environmentally conscious, many people have started to store plastic and glass bottles as planters, decorative items or, if you're like me, containers for homemade sauces and pickles. But one of the most frustrating aspects of reusing bottles is the handling of these sticky residues after you remove the label. Sure, you can rinse them in hot water, scrape off the goose bumps with a butter knife and throw in the bottle dishwasher. Even if bottles go through in the dishwasher, they are usually not completely label-free.

To clean them properly ̵

1; using items you already have in the house.

Glass bottles

1. Boil water (preferably in a kettle).

2. While the water warms up, fill the bottle with warm water from the faucet. This heats the glass to above room temperature and is unlikely to crack when the next step is taken.

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4. The heat from the water should release the glue on the label so you can pull off the label without tearing it. If you start tearing it, just start peeling at another corner.

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. 6 Find cooking oil, baking soda, a flat bowl, and paper towels (or cotton balls).

7. Mix two parts of oil and one part of baking powder in the bowl.

8. Apply the mixture with a finger to any sticky residue on the bottle left on the label.

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. 9 Allow the mixture to work for five minutes. If the label is particularly stubborn, you can leave it longer.

10. Clean the bottle with a paper towel (the residue should dissolve easily).

11. When all sticky areas have been removed, rinse the bottle with water and detergent to remove excess oil.

12. Find a new home for your sparkling clean container.

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Plastic Bottles

Not all plastic bottles can handle boiling water, and wiping off the glue is usually a bit easier. So if you want to remove the sticky stuff from a plastic bottle, first remove the label and then go to step 4.

Do you have other methods that you use? Share them in the comments.

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