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THE EASIEST WAY TO REMOVE LABELS FROM GLASS BOTTLES

I’ve seen a number of Pinterest pins on removing labels from glass bottles, although I’ve never actually viewed any of those posts since I’ve never needed to remove any labels…until now.

You see, I needed some crushed glass for the project I’m currently working on. And, thanks to my little brother AND Octoberfest, I now have an entire slew of glass bottles. Perfect! However, somehow he only managed to bring me the empties. Funny how that works, huh…. little brothers. Sheesh.

And here’s my newly crushed glass. Yay…

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So what do you need to do to make pretty sparkly crushed glass? Instructions are HERE.

In the meantime, let’s talk about how I got from here…

 

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To here…

 

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Well, I improvised.

Actually, I thought I’d simply peel the labels right off. ….hahahah, nope. That didn’t quite work.

So I filled a big pot with water, put the bottles in and let it boil away for a few minutes until everything was nice and soft.

 

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You can see on the green bottle where I tried to “simply peel the labels right off.” Right.

Anyway, moving on… now you can see how easy the label comes right off…

 

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…and, umm, bottles are HOT. So please don’t use your fingers.

Now, at this point, while the labels do come right off, this is what they leave behind…

 

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But that’s not a problem. Simply grab a brillo pad and, under some warm running water, lightly rub it over the left behind icky stuff.

 

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No scrubbing involved. The gluey stuff just disappears right off.

Ta-da!

 

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You’re left with sparkly clean glass bottles all ready for your next craft.

Now, check out what I made with all my beautifully crushed no-label glass right HERE!

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21 Comments on HOW TO REMOVE LABELS FROM GLASS BOTTLES

  1. Diane
    October 28, 2014 at 7:52 am (3 years ago)

    After you get it off Goo Off works well.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 28, 2014 at 10:37 am (3 years ago)

      That was my first thought Diane. I have some, but couldn’t figure out where the heck I’d put it. So thought I’d try this and it worked beautifully.

      Reply
  2. Barb Lesiak
    October 28, 2014 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    So, show us what you did with the crushed glass… and how did you crush the glass?

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    • Jenise
      October 28, 2014 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

      Barb, you are cracking me up because I’d be asking the exact same things! I’m still finishing up that project, so I promise to have all the details for you as soon as it’s all finished. Gimme a few short days. :-)

      Reply
  3. Sharon - Her Organized Chaos
    October 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

    This was needed in my life. Thanks for sharing because if you get the sticky stuff left behind, it’s there and it isn’t pretty!

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    • Jenise
      October 30, 2014 at 9:31 am (3 years ago)

      Yup. Agreed. Glad I could help! :-)

      Reply
  4. Jann Olson
    November 2, 2014 at 12:12 am (3 years ago)

    I have seen quite a few ideas and wondered which worked best. There use to be a product (Thoro) that I loved that took them right off, but they no longer make it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    • Jenise
      November 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm (3 years ago)

      I’ve never tried Thoro, but boiling works perfectly and doesn’t cost a thing. Thanks for hosting each week!

      Reply
  5. glynna
    November 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm (3 years ago)

    How did you grind up the glass?

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  6. svitlana
    November 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Good tips, but yeah, :))) but everybody wanted to know what the glass was for lol

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    • Jenise
      November 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

      You are so funny! The answer is HERE! :-)

      Reply
  7. Kristina & Millie
    November 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! That is awesome!! I always have a nasty, gross, sticky mess! This is much better. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    Reply
  8. Joanne T Ferguson
    November 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

    G’dayGr8 tip! All blog comments appreciated and sharing is caring today!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List #SayGdayParty pinned all submissions thx

    Reply
  9. Robin
    February 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Just use some cooking oil to remove the gunk left behind after peeling off those labels!

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  10. Julia
    February 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Vinegar is.also a simple, available, and less greasy alternative to goo gone for removing sticky labels.

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    • Jenise
      February 25, 2015 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

      I did not know that!!! Also less expensive!

      Reply
  11. Katie
    September 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Does this work on wine bottles too?

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    • Jenise
      September 16, 2015 at 2:53 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Katie,
      I haven’t tried it on wine bottles. I know wine bottles are stuck on really well, but I would imagine though that it would work. You may have to boil the bottles a little longer though.

      Reply
  12. Canyondiva
    July 2, 2016 at 5:32 am (1 year ago)

    Lighter fluid will remove labels and glue from glass and plastic. Local bookstore guy uses it to remove price stickers from book jackets because it doesn’t damage the paper. I’ve used it many times. Doesn’t take much and always works great.

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    • Jenise
      July 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Great advice. I wasn’t aware that lighter fluid removed labels. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

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