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A simple way to remove labels from glass jars using everyday household items.
Have you ever tried to remove a label from a glass jar?
Because if you have, you’re probably familiar with how damn annoying the whole process is.
You spend forever picking at the label’s corner with your fingernail, trying to pry it away from the jar. When you finally get a hold of the label, you begin gently peeling it away from the glass jar. Slowly, slowly…
And then the label rips, leaving you with a jar covered in hard-to-remove paper and glue residue.
Thankfully, there’s a much less frustrating way to remove labels from glass jars. With just a little boiling water and a scrubbing brush, you can take jars from this:
Scroll down for the tutorial!
How to easily remove labels from glass jars without leaving residue
- A glass jar with an ugly ol’ label
- A sink or bowl
- A scrubbing brush (something like this)
- A pair of kitchen tongs (ones with silicone tips, like these, provide the best grip)
Bring approximately 3 litres of water to the boil.
Place your jars in your kitchen sink (or a large bowl), label facing down. Pour the boiling water over the jars. The heat from the boiling water will slowly melt the glue on the inside of the label, making it much easier to remove.
Let the jars sit for three minutes.
An important note: Don’t leave the jars to soak for too long. As the water cools, the glue re-sets. Try to work as quickly as you can.
After three minutes, use a pair of tongs to remove your jar from the water.
Begin slowly peeling the label away by hand. If you’ve soaked it for long enough, the label should feel wet and come off very easily, leaving only a small amount of glue residue behind. If you’re having trouble removing the label, put your jar back in the water and let it soak for a few more minutes.
At this point, your jar will probably still have a small amount of glue residue on it. Pop it back into the boiling water and let it soak for one minute.
After a minute, give your jar a quick scrub with a bristled scrubbing brush. The glue residue should come off with minimal effort.
If the glue is being stubborn, you can either:
- Soak the jar for an additional minute.
- Boil more water then let the jar sit in freshly-boiled water. The higher heat should melt the rest of the glue.
And that’s it!