9 Different Ways To Get Sticky Labels Off Glass Jars

The feeling when a label peels straight off without any ripping or sticky residue left behind is unlike any other, but for all the other times when it just won’t come off and your nails are ruined from scratching at it and your arms are sore from scrubbing, use one of these nine sticky label removing strategies.Get more news about Sticky Label,you can vist our website!

1. JUST LEAVE THE LABEL ON
The perfect solution for the lazy or time-poor and for those who are not bothered if their pantry looks Insta-worthy or not, just leave the labels on. Over time, they will come off in the dishwasher or when being washed by hand.

This can, however, still present the problem of the leftover sticky residue when the label does come off because hand washing, the dishwasher or elbow grease don’t always get it off (I’m looking at you Vegemite and Moccona jars!). I find it easier to do a whole batch of jars at once then having to deal with this as it happens.I also prefer to take them off because it is easier for me to see what is in the jar and to find what I’m looking for.

2. HOT SOAPY WATER, BAKING SODA AND COOKING OIL
Soak the jars in warm, soapy water and then peel the labels off. You can also try pouring hot water into the jar to heat the glue and make it easier to remove the label.Scrub the jars with a scourer to remove as much of whatever is left over as possible. This might be enough to get everything off some jars and labels.

If there is any sticky residue left over on any of the jars, rub a mixture of equal amounts of baking soda and any cooking oil over the sticky part. Some say it is better to leave this mixture on for 30 minutes before scrubbing it off and rinsing the jars, but others say you can just run the oil mixture over the sticky residue with your fingers for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a soft napkin or towel.We’ve tried this method and it definitely works, however the jars are oily afterwards and it can be a pain getting rid of this oiliness.

3. ESSENTIAL OILS
After you have the label off, essential oils like eucalyptus essential oil, lemon essential oil, orange essential oil, and tea tree oil can be used to remove the sticky residue.No soaking is needed most of the time. It should work straight away. Rub the essential oil on it with a rag and it should dissolve. The jar can then be rinsed, dried and used or stored.

A note on essential oils: they are generally not environmentally friendly to produce and some (tea tree oil and lavender oil) have been found to be endocrine disruptors and certain ones are toxic to dogs and cats, so we don’t recommend using these carelessly. Waste-Free PhD has a great article on this. Read it for more info as well as a list of which ones are dangerous for pets. It might be better to use a different method if possible.

4. ALCOHOL
Anything with a high percentage of alcohol, such as methylated spirits, isopropanol, and nail polish remover, will also work well when it comes to removing any stickiness left over by labels and stickers. Put some on a rag or soak a rag in one of the above and rub the sticky spot until it is gone.

5. CITRUS-BASED CLEANERS
Citrus-based cleaners are another liquid substance that is good for getting glue off glass. Spray it on the glass jar and let it sit for a bit or soak the jar in a citrus cleaner and then scrub the parts of the jar that need some elbow grease to remove any leftover label or glue.

6. WHITE VINEGAR
Another use for white vinegar, which is a staple cleaner in most zero waste households! It is said that white vinegar on a cloth gets adhesive stuck to glass jars off easily. If you’ve made a citrus peel vinegar cleaner, you will get the combined power of white vinegar and citrus.