I like to collect jars…
And reuse them for my own purposes!
Some of my favorites include:
- spice shaker jars to refill with bulk spices
- large plastic spice shaker containers to use for homemade cleaners
- glass syrup jars that fit into small spices nicely since they are wide and narrow
- glass condiment jars with pour and/or shake lids since they have a variety of uses
- and glass bottles or wine bottles that I love to use for fun and decorations!
Now I wish I had a glass Mrs. Butterworth's jar before they went plastic!
After finding a special jar, my next step is to remove the label. It's super easy, and today I want to share the process with you!
How To Remove Labels From Glass Jars
As a general rule, simply use water for the paper part and oil for the gum/adhesive.
For thin paper labels, however, you can skip the water. Just rub any safe oil (such as grapeseed) on the label and allow it to soak in. After covering the label with oil, I come back later in the day and scrape the label + goo off with a butter knife.
If there's any residue left, use a non-stick green kitchen scrub pad with soap. Scrub till all the oil and goo is gone!
Since most labels have thicker paper, use water to remove the bulk of the paper before treating with oil. Either stick your container in the dishwasher, or let it soak in the sink for at least an hour. The paper part should come off easily with a knife or fingers.
Then, use oil to get the adhesive off, just as you would with thin paper labels. If a label is proving to be a bit trickier, repeat the process.
Enjoy collecting and reusing your favorite bottles, jars, and containers!
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