Depends what kind of "glue." If the adhesive is gum -- the kind of
labels you lick before putting them in place, water should work. If they
are self-adhesive labels -- the kind where you peel them off a backing
sheet, Goo Gone usually works well.
Each manufacturer seems to use a different glue. I also save
jars for refrigerator use, but I prefer the plastic one since, if
dropped, they rarely break and I am able to put them in the
freezer section for long term without worrying about them cracking
and putting glass shards in the contents....
I generally follow this procedure:
1) First, totally immerse in water for a couple hours. Lots of
labels, such as the ones on some instant coffee jars, will
then easily scrape off with a fingernail or spatula.
2) I then try rubbing alcohol. It works on some, but it just
depends on the glue.
3) I then try gasoline. This usually works on anything that
1 and 2 won't handle, but it is smelly and takes time
to air out the kitchen... Do it in the garage.. or porch..
4) If all else fails, and I am bound and determined to save
the container, I just glue a white label over the existing one
and write "Soup" or "Gravy" or something on it .....
Hint: While plastic is good for the freezer, don't use the
microwave to heat up the contents. The innards get
hot, and then it melts the plastic. Use glass for
the microwave, and remember to take the metal top
off as well as any metal ring that may be around the
rim of the jar.
Either can be use in the regular refrigerator part.
No glass in freezer, no plastic in microwave....
Just my own experience. Maybe you can find some of
Soak. Put hot water in the jar to soften the glue. Scrape with a
single-edge razor blade.
Turtlewax Bug and Tar Remover is good for getting glue residue off.
Beer and wine bottle labels will usually come off cleanly after a soak
in a bucket of cold water with a little ammonia added.
Vegetable oil on a paper kitchen towel will remove most sticky
residues. If this does not work completely, take most of the rest off
with a fingernail and then try the vegetable oil again. I've had to
work a few times but never had a failure.
This works on other sticky labels such as those on computers and car
On Thu, 09 May 2013 17:32:01 +0000, Danny D wrote:
EXPERIMENT IN PROGRESS:
I am soaking the tough jobs in the suggested solutions,
as we speak ... (Note: the gasoline & WD40 are omitted
due to the fact that we want to re-use the jars!).
Here are the three experiments + one control:
I poured alcohol on the top left; dish detergent at top right;
and olive oil in the foreground; with water in the circular
tub to the right as the experimental control.
Then I filled each container with water and let sit:
Note that everything I've tried in the past has failed
on these plastic vitamin and peanut butter jars; so it
will be interesting to see what happens in a day or two.
Peanut butter jars? Why didn't you say so! (those are my favorite jars
for reuse -- I store bullets in them for reloading) I thought you were
talking about glass jars.
Fill the jar with hot water, let it sit for a minute so the heat can
loosen the glue, then carefully peel off the label. Most of the glue
will come off with the label. You can then use "Bug and Tar Remover" or
"Goo Gone" to clean off the residue. Orange-based cleaner or turpentine
would probably work too.
Sometimes you don't even have to do the water thing. What looks like a
daunting label, for instance on Nature Made Vitamins, will actually peel off
as you described, almost completely if not perfectly. All you need is to get
a grip on one good clean edge of the label.
Goo Gone is a lot more expensive than the household chemicals mentioned, but
I like the product, especially the Painter's Pal, which it truly is. If that
fails, then my little tin can of Goof Off is my last resort.
I believe the OP is writing about glass jars but I like the plastic
unbreakable peanut butter jars for hardware because they can get dropped
and tossed around the van without glass and parts flying. ^_^
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