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« on: October 01, 2011 11:45:13 AM »

What is the best way to remove label residue from glass jars?
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2011 04:26:30 PM »

Goo Gone-that stuff is amazing. We'd use it at work. Although I never seem to have any  home when I need it! I remove labels from plastic jars occasionally. I'll use empty peanut butter jars to hold the random bits of rusty metal I pick up on my walks. And there's this one brand of couscous that comes in nice clear square jars with a screw on lid. They're nice to have to store bulk grains and such from the health food store.
I've tried baby oil, vegetable oil, and vaseline to remove the gummy residue, and been less than overwhelmed by the results. This may sound odd, but a squirt of spray furniture polish like Pledge also helps sometimes. Nail polish remover on a cotton ball can help. Soaking said jar in a sink of hot soapy water helps most of all. The paper will just rub right off, and it seems to make the residue a bit easier to remove. One thing I have heard but not tried yet is using a hair dryer on the sticky residue, to soften it up.
And glass or plastic jars,manufacturers use different adhesives, or some use boatloads while others skimp. I'd try whatever you happen to have on hand and see if that does it for you, before you make a trip to the store to buy goo-gone. One of the ideas above just may work for what you need.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 12:31:53 PM »

In the spirit of scientific inquiry, I removed a label. Not a glass jar, but a round metal mint tin. (Love the little tins that green tea mints come in!)
1. Soaked it in some warm soapy water. This loosened up the paper, so i could peel/rub it off.
2.used a mesh scrubby. Mistake. No noticeable difference in the tin, and tiny bits of paper and gunk stuck in the mesh.
3. used acetone nail polish remover on a paper towel. Some success, used the edge of my thumbnail to rub. Took off quite a bit, but the tin still felt gummy and tacky. Plus, this stuff can mess up paint, plastics, ect! It was all right on the metal. Rinsed off tin and dried.
4. Sprayed on some lemony furniture polish, used a paper towel.
Success! Rubbed a bit to get off last of residue, it didn't magically dissolve, but worked very well!
5.Rinsed tin in warm soapy water again, and dried-to be sure all the gunk was gone. It was.
This should work on a glass jar. I didn't have one that needed a label removed to try this out. I'll still pick up Goo-Gone eventually, but follow this procedure for now, skipping the acetone.
And now my tin is lemony fresh. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2011 04:20:32 AM »

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Thank you for all that great information!
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011 05:06:00 AM »

Thanks!

My current label-removing project is actually a plastic canister.  After you mentioned lemon furniture polish, I decided to try some citrus-based degreaser. (Arm & Hammer Essentials is what I had in the cupboard.)  It worked.
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011 08:43:16 AM »

You're welcome! The citrus degreaser is a great idea, I think I have some of that too.

One thing about plastic jars-it doesn't matter how much they're scrubbed, whatever is stored inside could possibly pick up the scent of the original contents. I don't have to worry about my rusty metal bits, they aren't porous. But something like buttons could very well start to smell like pickles or whatever after a long time.
I haven't had this problem, but I remember another craftster's post asking for advice because her button collection had absorbed the smell from the jars they were stored in.
People suggested various remedies like baking soda, laying them out in the sun, ect. Don't rememeber what actually helped her.
To be safe I'd avoid any jar that held a strong smelling substance.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2011 09:17:45 AM »

This is just going to hold plastic bags, so odor isn't a big deal. Smiley
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