How to Remove Labels From Jars – A Simple Step-by-Step Guide
Have you ever had a jar that you loved, but weren’t sure how to remove labels from jars? Although virtually all recycling equipment can now handle labels left on jars, there are a plethora of other reasons to remove the label.
What are the benefits of reusing glass jars?
Reusing what we have is one of the best ways to be eco-friendly. When you remove the sticky label from a jar, you give the jar new life. Now, it might become a flower pot or home to a vegetable you’re regrowing. Maybe you’ll bring it to the bulk store or use it as a catch-all for jewellery.
Whatever the case, removing those pesky labels is the first step to giving new purpose to old containers that may otherwise be headed to the landfill. Here’s exactly how to remove labels from jars!
How to remove labels from glass jars
There are a few different types of sticky glue residue that occurs on jars – there’s usually the plastic exterior, then the adhesive below.
To remove it all, you’ll need:
- A large cooking pot
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
Once you’ve got your supplies, you’re ready to take action:
- Fill the pot ⅔ full with water.
- Place the pot on the stove and add your jars, tipping them so they submerge fully.
- Turn the burner on high and add 1-2 tbsp of dish soap and a sprinkle of baking soda.
- Lower the heat if needed, to keep water at a simmering but not at boiling level.
- You’ll see the labels begin to come away from the jars – you can also use a pair of tongs to help the label come off.
- When the labels have fallen away, remove the jars from the water and let them cool before rinsing.
- For any pesky remaining glue, rub baking soda directly on the spot.
- For really troublesome glue, you may use oil and baking soda in combination to target the glue.
- If you don’t have access to a stove, you may also use the same method with hot water. Skip the baking soda and add ½ cup of white vinegar instead, allowing the jars to sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
Once complete, be sure to give the jars a quick cleaning before using them. Now that you know how to remove labels from jars, you’re ready to take action!
What do you reuse jars for? Leave a comment below and share your suggestions!
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