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How to Remove Labels From Glass Jars
Why you should reuse glass jars – and remove jar labels
Plus, it takes a lot of resources and energy to make new glass! Glass is made using sand, and we’re using it faster than the planet can replenish it – it’s not an infinite resource, after all. Most sand is harvested from riverbeds and seabeds, which disrupts the ecosystem.
How to remove labels from jars:
What you need:
- Jars with labels
- two tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (give or take – you can also try other oils like grapeseed or avocado)
- Peel off as much of the label as you can using your fingers. Combine the baking soda with a little olive oil until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply it to your jar. Wait 30 minutes. Scrub it off. BAM. You’ve got yourself a stick-free, label-free jar.
It’s also so easy to whip up and doesn’t cost much at all to make. Likely, you already have the ingredients needed to make this DIY at home.
However, if you don’t have these ingredients on hand, or would prefer something that doesn’t require you to peel the label first, there are other options.
Other easy ways to remove labels from glass jars:
- Fill a sink or bucket with hot water, adding a few squirts of dish soap to it, along with a few cups of white vinegar. Place the jars inside the sink or bucket so they get submerged. Wait anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, then take the jar out and peel the label off.
- Using washing soda, fill a sink or bucket with hot water and add 1/2 cup of washing soda to it. Use your hand to mix the soapy water around. Put the jar in the sink, submerging it in the water, and wait about 30 minutes. Take the jar out and peel off the label. Any residue? Use the DIY I list above to fully get it off. Or, use a little peanut butter – the oils from the peanut butter will help remove excess residue. Just be sure to scrub it in!
- Rubbing alcohol can help remove sticky residue, but it’s not exactly zero waste friendly (so I avoid it) – just figured I’d mention it here for knowledge.
What to do with your (clean) glass jar?
- Body lotion
- Dry shampoo
- Laundry detergent
- Tub + sink cleaner
- Dishwasher detergent
- Dried chickpeas
Related: Zero Waste Pantry Essentials
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