How To Remove Labels From Jars

By Go-Repairs

Fill jar up with hot water to loosen the glue holding the label.
Peel the label off in one go when the glue softens.

Step 1

Take your empty glass bottle or glass jar and sit it somewhere that is okay to get splashed with water - we recommend in your sink. Now using your kettle or sauce pan, boil enough water to fill the glass container (jar or bottle).

When the water is boiling add to the glass container, being carefull not to spill any. Once your glass jar or glass bottle is full of hot water, allow to stand for 5 - 10 minutes before peeling off at one of the corners. Take your time and try to peel off the glass jar label in one go.

If you find it hard to peel without holding the jar, make sure you use a cloth or rag - as it will be hot. I would advise emptying the jar of hot water before you start peeling, to avoid the risk of spilling the hot water.

Use a dab of White Spirit on a sponge to remove any stubborn glue residue

Step 2

Now that your label is off allow your glass jar (or glass bottle) to cool naturally. Do not cool down too fast by running under cold water as this may cause the jar to crack or chip.

Most if not all of the glue from the labels should be gone as well. Any stubborn glue residue can usually be removed with a dab of White Spirit.

Now enjoy your label free glass jar, you could even put your own label on it.

You could add your own label to the jar when you've done

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