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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

    • 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.

    • 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. :-)

  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. 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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