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How to Get Rid of Label Glue

Recycling things are very common nowadays. Not only that it is very cost effective, it is very good for our environment. Reduce, reuse and recycle is the key. There are a lot of things that you can use again and make them into nice handicrafts.

Now there are just some objects that are hard to deal with. One of them is the label that is strongly glued to the objects like a wine bottle, plastic cups or jars. When you attempt to remove it normally, you won’t be able to remove all of it and there will be ugly remnants of scratched paper/label on the jar/bottle. Here are some of the easy and best ways on how to get rid of those labels. You can also use these to take off labels on wood, glass and other plastic wares.

Soap and water

Just dissolve a tiny portion of soap or just dilute a liquid soap. Warm water will be a better choice rather than just ordinary tap water. With a brush, cotton or a cloth, dampen the label with the mixture and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Try to remove the label and if goes right off, you’re good to go. But if it doesn’t repeat the process again until you can remove the rest of the label.

Petroleum jelly

Apply a substantial amount of petroleum jelly on to the label and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes (the longer, the better). Without scraping the jelly off, carefully lift the label and pull it slowly. Put petroleum jelly into one finger and gently wipe the back of the peeled label—then work your way by pushing slowly behind the label to support it.

Cooking oil or mayonnaise

Apply cooking oil to the label and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes (overnight, if possible). Scrub it as little as possible and you will notice that it will just slide off. Scrub everything until you have peeled the entire label. Rinse thoroughly.  After you have rinsed it, you may have noticed that some residue may have been left over.  If this is the case, you may want to consider just placing the cooking oil or mayonnaise on the label once again overnight.  It may take up to three to five times to get rid of it completely.

Baking soda paste

Mix water and baking soda and make a paste out of it. Apply it to the label and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Gently scrub the label off using a warm and wet towel cloth.


Apply the kerosene to the label and scrub the label off.  Similar to what was mentioned above, you may find that you’re going to have to leave it on for a few hours.  If possible, consider leaving it overnight to ensure that the kerosene can soak through.  Once the kerosene does soak through, you’ll find that you can easily scrub away the label over time to get rid of the label for good.

Goo gone

This is a special and unique solution that is made for removing stickers and glued label. Just apply it to the label as instructed and it will just slide off.  You can often find this product at your local hardware store for less than a few dollars.

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