15.07.2016
You can do so much with empty glass jars and bottles; you don’t necessarily have to just put them out to the recycle. If you are lucky then all you will need to do is soak the jar or bottle in some warm soapy water and the sticky label will just peel straight off.
I have used tea tree oil before to take the glue residue off but I don’t like using it because it has a very strong smell. Recently however I came across an easy solution at The Creek Line House that showed how to remove sticky labels and glue residue without using any smelly chemicals.
We had a couple of jars in the pantry that had been saved so I thought I would see if I could use this method to remove the sticky labels and glue residue. Once the paper part of the label was removed I dried the jars and made up a paste of cooking oil and baking soda.
I then put a small amount of the paste onto a non-scratch dish scrubber and rubbed it over the sticky residue.
If the glue residue didn’t come off easily I would rub some of the paste over the stubborn areas and then leave it for a couple of minutes while I worked on another jar. I then gave the jars another quick rinse in some warm soapy water and they were ready to be reused!
This amount of oil and baking soda paste seemed to go a long way and could easily be used on 10 to 12 jars. The best thing about this method is that there was no need to use nasty chemicals or smelly oils. I cannot remember where it was I first saw or heard it, but it works, I have done it several times and just did it last week. Thanks for the extra detail Linda, it is probably the oil in the peanut butter that does the job.
Tonight I was ready to use a few wine bottles I had cleared of labels a while back, but no luck removing the sticky residue after trying several things. I didn’t have baking soda or oil so I went down to the comments and I saw peanut butter as an alternative.
Great to hear Carolyn, I hope you have fun re-purposing your old jars now that you can remove the sticky glue!


Yes, I agree Davina, it’s the best method that I have found so far for removing sticky labels! To have great links delivered straight to your inbox - simply enter your email address below! After this soak I use my fingernails or a butter knife to get as much of the paper off as possible.
Then wipe them off completely and clean them with window cleaner and use them in crafts or for decor!
AnonymousMay 27, 2013 at 9:22 PMMy Silicon pan scraper (I have a pig one from Pier One) does a great job scraping the labels off.
Glass jars are great for storing small items in the pantry or for storing jams, chutneys, and pickles. But more often than not the paper part of the label will come off but the sticky glue residue remains. Once you get even a couple of drops of tea tree oil on anything it takes ages for the smelt to disappear. It suggested that the glue residue from sticky labels could be removed using only cooking oil and baking soda. Most of the paper labels came off after this time but some sticky labels took longer and I had to leave them soaking in the sink for a few hours. I found that a thick paste worked best so I mixed 3 heaped tablespoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoon of canola oil (any type of cooking oil will do).
In some cases the residue would come off quite easily and then the paste could be wiped off with a clean damp cloth. Also because you are only using regular cooking items it is safe to wash everything in the kitchen sink afterwards!
The important thing is to make a paste with the oil so that you can rub it over the sticky residue. I knew I had a little bit of peanut butter left and it gave me an excuse to finally get my hands on the jar it came in.
They have an Italian restaurant that serves up quite a bit of wine, so I asked them to save me some bottles for craft projects.


I try to use the cheap kind for this so I don’t feel like I am wasting, but sometimes I just have to use my Jif. With a clean paper towel start rubbing in a circular motion until you get off all of the leftover gunk.
I wouldn’t get too put off by the peanut butter, I think that it is just the oil content from the nuts that probably softens the sticky stuff! A little over a month ago they brought me up a box of empty wine bottles and I had the chance to use some of them over the weekend. Spread it on the parts where you seem to have any adhesive or label that is not coming off and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
You may need to add a little more peanut butter back on and continue rubbing for any hard spots.
The only problem with many of the jars is that the sticky labels and the label glue can be hard to remove. Others have mentioned that you can also smear peanut butter over the sticky stuff and it helps to get it off, so you could try that too if all else fails! Be sure to wash the jars in very hot soapy water to remove oil residue or new labels will not stick. All labels are different, so some may come off easy peasy, while others will really give you a fit! I am very familiar with removing labels from glass jars and bottles, because when the boys were little I used to recycle all of their baby food jars into luminaries. I had tried before to get the glue off but it wouldn’t budge but after the peanut butter it came off.



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