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  1. We will definitely have to try this! My husband brews beer too and is so tired of scrubbing the labels off. He’s tried boiling water, steel wool, tons of dish soap, etc. It’s a pain in the butt! Thanks so much for the tip 🙂

  2. Ok, so my hubby tried this last night and he said I HAD to tell you it was amazing! All the labels immediately came off and floated to the top, just like you said. He says a big thank you!

  3. Has anyone tried this on fine China with a platinum band and pattern? I have been avoiding unpacking the rest of our wedding China because each box set has 5 pieces…ALL with a label! To this point I have only unpacked and removed labels from 4 of the 12 place settings. Each box has taken anywhere from 15-30 minutes to remove all the labels and sticky residue. This technique would be a HUGE time saver if it is safe enough for fine China!

    • You can try acetone, but don’t touch the gold. If comes off but you still have to work on it. If you can let it sit for a while it is easier.

    • Olive oil will remove adhesive residue and is safer to use on dishes. Peel off as much of the paper as you can then rub with oil. Let soak in and most adhesives rub right off.

    • I frequently use my hand-held hair dryer, set it to LOW, and heat up the label. While it’s still hot (or warm) scrape it off carefully with a single edge razor, or box cutter. The heat makes the glue stick to the label, and not the plate or any other item, including children’s plastic toys, placemats, etc. If all else fails, I scrape of as much as possible then use Goo Gone sticker remover.

    • Goo Gone works well on labels, too. Spray it on the label, let it sit for a few minutes, then take it off

    • You can use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.(use a cotton ball works the absolute best) Tip the bottle of rubbing alcohol and partially soak the cotton ball then rub the cotton ball on the sticker and the sticker and the sticky come right off. nice to use on things like shoes when the department store for some odd reason puts the price tag on the inside of the shoe.

    • You can use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.(use a cotton ball works the absolute best) Tip the bottle of rubbing alcohol and partially soak the cotton ball then rub the cotton ball on the sticker and the sticker and the sticky come right off. nice to use on things like shoes when the department store for some odd reason puts the price tag on the inside of the shoe.

  4. I have been using charcoal lighter fluid to dissolve the adhesive and have been very happy with those results. It is quick, but you have to wipe away the glue. I use paper towels. This method is probably much less toxic.

    • Don’t know what they use now, but for many years, well-known department stores used lighter fluid for cleaning crystal and china items. However, they were also putting labels on, not taking them off, unless it was being wrapped for a gift.

  5. This is a life saver, so glad I found your post through Pinterest 🙂 I have about 100 glass bottles, jars, etc to get the labels off of.

  6. This is great, so happy I found your post through Pinterest! I have about 50 glass bottles, jars, etc to get the labels off of. Thanks!

  7. If you do find items that are too large to effectively use this solution, you want an easy & non-toxic solution as well, you can use lemon essential oil. Just a drop works wonders, you can usually find it pretty inexpensively and it has a great, natural scent. You may, should you need to get rid of any oil residue, need to wash it afterwards.

  8. This worked great on glass, but sadly had no effect on plastic, so the new thermal coffee cup my son got for Christmas and my 3-year old salad spinner will be wearing their labels a while longer.

  9. I have tried WD-40, corn oil, vasoline, olive oil, peanut butter, water, soap, detergent and stain remover to get labels off glass and plastic bottles. I have found that the most efficient and reliable is to first soak the label/bottle in warm, soapy water–don’t scrape off soaked label. Next, place a folded paper towel over the label and pour olive oil on the towel liberally. Then, just leave it alone, checking back on it every few hours…or just forget it for 24 hours. Eventually, the label will just slide off with no residue. You will have to wash off the oil but you can do that pretty easily with a regular dishwasher or wash by hand.

  10. I have to say, soaking in warm water to remove the label and then using olive oil with a plastic scourer to remove any non water soluble adhesive is the way forward. Your oxi-action (sodium percarbonate) will probably work on water soluble adhesives though.

  11. An easy way to remove stickers with no mess is to heat them with a blow dryer, this weakens the glue, then you just need to pull it off while still warm, and it is GONE. I did it on small stickers and also did it on the large label kind that comes on boxes with your address on it that are impossible to remove, they all came off no tearing of the cardboard box either.

    • I have used the hair dryer method for glass & plastic, but never thought to use it on cardboard boxes. I am always wanting to remove those labels, but usually just cover them. Wondering if this would work on labels attached to books? I buy used library books often, but remove labels so they look nicer on shelves. They are a pain to remove. Will be trying this on them as well as cardboard. Thanks for tip.

  12. Glass or plastic – the best solution is “Goo Gone” spray gel by Magic Ametican Products. Works also on chewing gum, crayon, makeup, pcandle wax, glue, tat, bugs, grease etc…
    With the labels: get most of them first either by scraping, pulling them off or soaked with water, than put some of the Goo gone on paper towel ann get off the rest. Works all the time!

  13. Glass or plastic – the best solution is “Goo Gone” spray gel by Magic Ametican Products. Works also on chewing gum, crayon, makeup, pcandle wax, glue, tat, bugs, grease etc…
    With the labels: get most of them first either by scraping, pulling them off or soaked with water, than put some of the Goo gone on paper towel ann get off the rest. Works all the time!

  14. To help remove the sticky residue after you’ve pulled off a sticker/label: Using duct tape, wrap it around a few of your fingers to make an inside out loop of tape. Blot over the residue quickly and it should pick up the sticky residue. This doesn’t work as well if the label has been heated, but it usually always removes the residue for me.

  15. Could you direct me to the tutorial about using a sharpie to monogram and then baking to make permanent please? Thank you in advance 😀

  16. Hey, I was just reading this post and I will try it for shore, but can u give me links of those baking the sharpie monograms on the cups that u wrote about? Thanks in advance ! 😀

  17. Great article, I will have to tell my husband this one. He home brews too! Not sure if you know, but they sell a version of oxi-clean at the dollar store that works just as good (and has a good rating on ewg.org). I am also going to try this the next time I go shopping!

    • Seriously? I had no idea! I’ll have to head over there. Hubby moved to kegs (he built a keezer in our dining room), but still uses bottles for quite a few competitions.

  18. That sounds awesome, does it work on plastic? I found a VERY easy way to get labels off glass bottles, put in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, the label comes off in one piece, then I sprayed Pam on the left over glue while bottles are hot & it wipes right off. We are making wine bottle centerpieces for wedding & it works FANTASTIC!!

  19. Wow! Thank you all for the great ideas to remove labels.
    Living overseas I appreciate some food items from IKEA and
    Want to use the quality jars for later.
    Thankfully, whenever I return back to the USA, I buy a bar or two of
    LAVA soap. After using any of your suggestion, LAVA soap makes the
    Surface squeaky clean…..even my hands too.👐🏼

  20. Hello
    I will try it for shore, but can u give me links of those baking the sharpie monograms on the cups that u wrote about? Thanks in advance

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