Ever tried to peel off a label from a glass bottle?
I do that occasionally. Sometimes, even like a time pass. Because you know, it takes forever for the label and glue to completely leave the smooth glass surface, doesn’t it?
So, what can you do to remove sticky labels from glass bottles? Is there really any easy and hassle-free method of getting this done? Apparently, there is. Here are 7 easy ways, by which you can remove sticky labels from glass bottles, without breaking your nails in the process-
1. Hot water and vinegar works like magic
This is one of the easiest and handy methods to remove sticky labels from glass bottles. All you need to do is pour hot water in the sink. You can even use a bucket if you think your sink won’t hold hot water.
Mix a cup of vinegar in about half bucket of water. As vinegar is acidic in nature, it helps softens the glue and label. Just submerge the glass bottle into the bucket. Open the cap and let the water fill it from within. You will see that the glass sinks at the bucket. Your job is done here, all you need to do is wait.
Once the water cools down, take the bottle out and scrub off the label. It will come off easily with your regular loofa so you won’t have to apply any effort.
2. Washing soda and hot water works too
In case you don’t have vinegar at home, no issues. Washing soda is a common ingredient found in homes. You can use it instead of adding vinegar as it will deliver the same results within the same time period.
Mix a handful of washing soda to a deep bowl and mix hot water to it. the hotter the water, the easier it will be for the label to come off. Again, you only need to merge the bottle or the jar fully inside the hot water concoction and wait until the label starts getting soft.
Once you see the difference, use a scrub to take off the remanents of glue and label. Voila, you have a label-less glass bottle ready to use.
3. Nail polish remover can rescue you
If you don’t want to get into the trouble of boiling some water, here is another way you can remove sticky labels from glass bottles. nail polish remover also works well to remove unwanted labels.
Start by peeling off the label with your nails. Take off as much label you can, but make sure you don’t hurt or chip your nails. Once a major part of the label is removed and you are left with the stubborn glue, pour a little nail polish remover over cotton and start wiping.
Rub the glue area in circular motion and press firmly. The glue will come off along with the remaining ices of labels easily.
4. Combo of baking soda and oil can help
Baking soda can also help you in this. All you need to do is mix a little baking soda with oil. It could be any oil, even the ones you use in the kitchen. You can use vegetable oil, olive oil etc for this purpose.
Make a paste of baking soda and oil. Cover the glass bottle or jar with the paste and leave it for 10 minutes or so. It will penetrate the label and make it soft for you to scrub it off later on. You can put it in hot water and wash it off.
Or you can use steel wool or any hard scrubber to take off the remaining portions.
5. Hairdryer on the glue works too
Though it doesn’t work very well on extra gluey labels, it seems to work fine on labels that have less glue and paper in it. All you need to do is get a hairdryer and start haeting the label area.
But you have to be patient for this one. Use the dryer over the glue area and try to peel it off. The thing is, glue inside the label become hard and brittle when you expose it to heat. this, in turn, makes it easy for you to pull it off the glass surface.
However, if it doesn’t work in the first go, repeat the process of 45 seconds of heating. It will work. Just be patient.
6. Hot water and soap also helps
If you don’t have vinegar or washing soda and you don’t even want to work with oil. You can use the basic soap that you use for bathing. But you will have to have hot water at your disposal.
Just add soap to hot water and insert glass bottle to it. Keep it under water for 20 minutes or so. You will see that the label starts getting soft and eventually use a scrubber to take off the paper and glue.
It will give you one and the same effect you would get form washing soda.
7. Hot water and scrub
If you are really low on supplies and have nothing but water, don’t feel disheartened yet. Even hot water can work for you in case you don’t have any kind of soap or soda in your kitchen.
Just take a bucket of hot water, and by hot I mean really hot, not lukewarm because you don’t have anything to add to it. When there is no agent to react with the glue, it takes longer for the glue to dissolve.
So, you can increase the dissolving process by making sure that the water is piping hot. After a few minutes use a steel scrub to get rid of the label.
I know it sucks when you try to remove sticky labels from glass bottles and end up with a chipped nail. Well, not anymore. Now, you have the easiest ways by which you can easily get your job done. And also make sure that none of your body parts get harmed in the process.
You can start by taking off the labels from those wine bottles you had discarded. Trust me, without the labels, they will look prettier and you can use them in your kitchen.