On Thu, 09 May 2013 19:35:51 -0500, The Daring Dufas wrote:
Actually, my mistake for changing jars in the middle of the thread!
I started with glass, but they were so easy to remove the labels
I then moved on to the muuuuch-harder-to-remove plastics vitamin
jars with paper glued on labels.
The plastic vitamin jars have been soaking in the recommended
solutions for the past five or six hours or so:
1. Oil (doesn't look good so far)
2. Soap (looks pretty good)
3. Alcohol (seems the same as the control)
4. Water (the control)
Also I have a peanut-butter jar soaking in water, but, it
appears to have a plastic label, and not paper like
the vitamin jars - so - it's an anomaly.
I'll report back tomorrow ...
"zxcvbob" <> Peanut butter jars? Why didn't you say so! (those are my
Storing bullets? I had no idea. I'll give one to Mr. Esther. Peanut
butter jars are also fun for a toddler just learning how to open things. A
ping-pong ball ( or a frog) inside a peanut butter jar makes learning to
twist a lid big fun.
Try lighter fluid, then wash with soapy water. Another 'fix' would be
to add and dissolve "dishwasher" soap (the dry, crystal sort) to a bowl
of water and soak the glass container with the label in that solution
for a few hours, then the label peels off easily and quickly. However,
the lighter fluid may be needed to remove the gluey residue.
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Use a hair dryer to blow hot air onto the label. This will loosen the
glue so you can peel it off. If there is any glue residue, use Goo Gone.
Long time ago my first husband worked for a discount shoe store chain
that put labels on the sole of the shoes. They had those 'x' cuts and
were almost impossible to remove. Someone told him about the hair dryer
method and I've used it successfully ever since.
Like some DIY show I watched where the guy was struggling to get up
a linoleum floor. I thought he needed a heat gun but his friend
suggested a hair dryer. That actually worked.
Long ago my ex gave his brother some pots, they had a label on each
one that wouldn't budge. While he was heating something up on the
stove, I picked at the label and it came off effortlessly. It was
good for a laugh at the time, but I learned that heat was a good
tool to release glue.
On Thu, 09 May 2013 15:36:57 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
So many people recommended this stuff, I had to look
it up, via the MSDS:
It appears to be roughly 95% petroleum distillates,
and then from 1 to 10% Tripropylene glycol methyl ether.
Googling for what "petroleum distillates" are, Wikipedia
wasn't all that helpful:
Googling some more, it looks like it's the same as
So, I should be able to buy some at the hardware store.
On Fri, 10 May 2013 13:20:38 -0400, George M. Middius wrote:
Thanks for the advice.
I'm a firm believer in figuring out what a chemical is, and then
just buying it in bulk.
For example, my female kids love that straight acetone from
my garage works just fine when they run out of nail polish
And, on of my male kids uses dish detergent instead of shampoo
for his short hair, since he learned that they're practically
the same thing (and all my kids have to buy their own personal
hygiene products since they fight over them all the time).
I'm going to try the following solvents, simply because they
were what are in my garage at the moment:
Acetone would probably work on glass and ceramic - not plastic. I'd use
MEK because it's more aggressive than acetone and it's what I have on
hand. You have to be careful with the stuff cause it can be absorbed
through the skin. I only use a little at a time.
I've used dish detergent to wash my hair. It worked great but it would
give me tremendous dandruff when I used it 15 years ago. I've used it
recently and it worked fine without the dandruff problem. These days,
however, I just use a bar of soap.
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