I recycle everything that my city allows me to, and at one point I found myself throwing out tons of glass mason jars and then buying tons of Ball & Kerr mason jars. Something didn't seem right with this picture. Why was I throwing out jars and then spending money on more? One of the reasons I didn't keep those spaghetti and jam jars was because the labels were always a pain to get off. I'd spend hours scraping off the glue, I'd try Goo be Gone, hot water, rubbing alcohol and also nail polish remover, all with varying degrees of success.
I am an avid Pinner on Pinterest and I have a belief that if you think it, then someone else has already blogged about it. And so, I went to Pinterest's search bar and researched DIY label remover. When I am searching for a DIY (or recipe), I look for what is easy and what I already have. It's no fun when you have to go out and buy stuff.
I haven't thrown out a jar since learning about this tutorial. Once I'm done with a jar, I wash it out and save it for when I have a few more and then I get to working on removing their labels.
To remove the labels from your bottles and jars, you will need:
What you will do is fill your sink with hot hot water and about a tablespoon or more of the laundry booster. Let your bottles and jars soak for at least a half hour. I usually fill them in the morning and come back later to remove the labels.
Some labels will come off like butter. Those are my favorite. But then, you'll have some stubborn labels like the one on the bottom right. I will take off as much as I can and then let it soak some more. You want to loosen up the glue.
After the second soaking, I'll use steel wool to scrub the rest of the glue off until the glass jars and bottles are nice and clean.
These old kombucha bottles are perfect for storing my smoothies and chia water. True story, I was going to buy glass bottles from Amazon at 4 for $20 and then I thought 'Why not just reuse the kombucha bottles?". I feel like the glass is probably just as thick and when you're already paying like $4 per bottle, you might as well get more use out of your money!
I'm even reusing glass bottles as stylish (and green) cleaning supplies.
What do you think? Will you try this? Do you have your own DIY for removing labels? Let us know in the comments section.