How to Remove a Label

How to Remove a Label

How to Remove a Label


 – Focus on the methods to remove labels

 – Case 1: Peel off a price tag

 – Case 2: Peel off a product label

Some labels can be difficult to remove. Nothing is more unpleasant than glue or paper residue on an object, book, or dish. In addition, many containers can be reused (jam jars, glass jars, bottles, or cans), so you need to remove their labels, which can be stubborn!

To know how to remove a label, follow the methods explained below.

Focus on the methods to remove labels

Here are the different tips and tricks to remove a label.

Hot water

Peel off a label with hot water:

 – by immersion in a pan of boiling water;

 – by soaking;

 – by filling the container with hot water.


Remove a label (only on glass) by heat by placing the container in the oven at 140° for 5 minutes.


Remove a label by soaking it in fat (olive oil, butter).

The scarlet water

Dab the label generously with scarlet water, then leave it for a few minutes: the label will stiffen and peel off by itself.

To remove the last of the glue residue

Remove the glue residue:

 – by dabbing them with acetone (if it is on glass) and then rubbing them with a clean cloth;

 – by soaking them in white vinegar, then wiping them with a cloth;

 – dabbing with packing tape.

Tip: Lemon essential oil also removes very light traces of glue. 

Case 1: Remove a price tag

On dishes or glass

To remove price tags:

 – Soak the dishes for a few minutes in very hot water.

 – Remove the price tag by scraping it off with a knife blade without teeth.

 – Remove any glue residue with a cloth soaked in acetone or white vinegar: dab on and leave for a few minutes, then wipe off with a clean cloth.

Good to know: it is not recommended to put the dishes in the dishwasher to remove the labels, as they may clog the filter.

On a book

Try to remove as much of the label as possible, then wrap a piece of packing tape around your index and middle fingers (sticky side out):

 – Rub the label remnants with the tape.

 – Dab off any remaining glue with the adhesive. – Dab with a rocking motion with both fingers to catch the label pieces and gently remove the stuck pieces.

Case 2: Peel off a product label

All containers usually have two product labels: one on the front and one on the back. If you want to reuse glass or plastic containers, it is necessary to remove the old labels. To do this, follow these methods.

On glass: jam jars, jars, or bottles

How to Remove a Label

 – Method 1: With fat.

 ◦ Soak the label with olive oil or butter.

 ◦ Leave for at least 1/4 hour, then rub with a rough sponge scraper-type material.

 – Method 2: With boiling water.

 ◦ Immerse the jars in a large pot and boil the water for a few minutes. The labels will peel off on their own!

 ◦ If needed, remove glue residue by dabbing with an acetone soaked cloth.

 ◦ Allow to set and rub with a clean cloth.

Caution: use a prop and gloves to remove the jars from the hot water.

 – Method 3: With heat from the water. Some labels, such as those on wine bottles, are glued with thermal glue that stiffens when cold. They are more difficult to remove, and there is no point in soaking them in water. You have to soften the glue with heat.

 ◦ Fill the bottle with boiling water.

 ◦ Wait a few seconds for the glue to soften, and lift a corner of the label with a thin knife blade.

 ◦ Gently pull to peel the label off.

Important: protect your hands while handling with hot water or in the oven.

 – Method 4: With oven heat:

 ◦ Place the bottle filled with hot water in an oven set to 140° for 5 minutes.

 ◦ Gently peel off the label, starting at one corner.

On plastic: jars, cans, and bottles

 – Method 1: With fat.

 ◦ Soak the label with olive oil or butter with a brush, then leave for at least 15 minutes.

 ◦ Then gently scrub with a sponge scraper.

 – Method 2: With warm water.

 ◦ Immerse the jars in a large pot filled with hot water: the labels will peel off by themselves.

 ◦ If necessary, remove glue residue by dabbing it with white vinegar.

 ◦ Leave to act and rub with a clean cloth.

Important: It is not recommended to apply acetone to plastic at the risk of melting it.

Materials needed to remove labels





Sanding sponge 

Thick protective gloves 

Olive oil 

Adhesive tape 

White vinegar 

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