The Best Way to Remove Labels from Glass Jars

Finally, an easy way to remove stubborn, sticky labels and residue from glass jars! Best of all, this method uses common household products.

It’s no secret that I hate throwing things away around here, especially if I know I can use it in a functional way for something else.  I’ve admitted to having a glass jar box in my basement that makes me feel like a bit of a hoarder, but I promise I’ve been able to give those jars a second life. (And when the box becomes overflowing because I haven’t been using them, I purge a few to the recycling bin.)

I think we all know that those labels on glass jars can be a pain to remove.  There’s always a moment of anticipation right before you start to peel: “Is it going to peel off effortlessly in one piece or am I going to need to peel, pry, and pick at this puppy?”  All too often, those labels don’t easily come off, and after trying a lot of different techniques, I’ve finally found a way to get off those labels, even the most stubborn ones.

To start, I always wash my jars in the dishwasher.  It obviously cleans the jars, and removes odors from the lids.  Sometimes, if I’m really lucky, it helps to loosen up the label, too, but let’s be honest, that’s not very common.

Finally, an easy way to remove stubborn, sticky labels and residue from glass jars!

Here are the types of labels I started with after they were washed in the dishwasher, and I tried to peel them off with the hope they’d come off easily.  The one of the left is one of those where part of the label comes off easily, but leaves behind a lot of sticky glue and parts of the paper.  The middle jar’s label is one that you can sort of scratch off with your fingernail, but it leaves behind all the glue, and, no one has time to pick the label apart piece by piece with their nail.  The one on the right is STUCK.  It’s not going anywhere without some magic.

Finally, an easy way to remove stubborn, sticky labels and residue from glass jars! Best of all, this method uses common household products.

Click on the image below to read about my process for getting these jars label-free!

6 thoughts on “The Best Way to Remove Labels from Glass Jars

  1. I LOVE GLASS JARS. Ha! I also feel like a hoarder with them, but they always get used. Can’t wait to try this !!! Thank you !!!!

  2. There are so many things you can do with glass jars or glass bottles. I love to reuse things and bring them new life. Great tips on how to remove the labels, thanks for sharing!

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