Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Easy Adhesive Removal for Glass Jars and Bottles

I like to save and reuse glass jars and bottles, particularly any that are colored. They serve a multitude of purposes like storage for leftover pasta sauce or a simple, pretty flower vase. What I don't like are the paper labels that seem to be stuck on the glass forever long after you're no longer using the container for its original purpose. Yet, even after multiple washes and the paper label has finally started to peel away, whatever adhesive was used to attach the label in the first place just does not budge! 

After being sick of having to leave ugly adhesive marks on any glassware I wanted to reuse, I did a quick Google search and found a wonderfully simple solution.

The key product in this easy (only 4 steps!) process is an adhesive remover called Goo-Gone. It's seriously amazing, hence the "all-star" label. It is meant to remove "goo" such as adhesive (ex. tape, stickers), wax, and even gum! You can get Goo-Gone in a spray bottle like the one I have or with a screw-on cap where you pour the Goo-Gone onto a towel before rubbing the "goo". The towel method is best for spot treatments. It can be found at most if not all hardware stores. Smaller bottles are also available in case you're not looking to remove adhesive from endless amounts of glass jars like I purportedly am. 

Step 1: Rip off as much of the label as you can. The more paper you peel off, the better the Goo-Gone can work. If the label is being stubborn, try running the jar under water to soften the paper. 

Step 2: Spray the Goo-Gone anywhere there's adhesive you want to remove. Since Goo-Gone is a citrus scented, oily liquid, I suggest laying down a layer of newspaper or some paper towels to avoid covering your work surface with a film of oil. It saves on clean-up time! 

Step 3: Once you're done spraying, rub in the Goo-Gone with your hands to make sure you didn't miss a spot. Then, let the jar sit for about 10 minutes to give it time to work. I like to put my jars and bottles in the sink on top of some paper towels or newspaper to catch any of the remover that may drip. 

*Optional step: Wash your hands thoroughly and eat a snack while you wait! 

Step 4: Clean your jar! As you run the jar under water, rub off the oil and adhesive using a sponge and dish soap. The adhesive should come right off! I like to use a sponge because I don't want the glue getting under my nails and the dish soap will get rid of the oily remover and any residue.

Voila! Wonderfully clean, label, and adhesive free glass jars and bottles for endless reuse!

P.S. If you want an organic/home-remedy option for Goo-Gone, sub in olive oil for Goo-Gone. Works just as well! 

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