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The ridiculously easy way to get labels off of jars

The ridiculously easy way to get labels off of jars - Green Indy Blog

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The ridiculously easy way to get labels off of jars is so simple I almost didn’t bother to share it. But, while I do try to purchase unpackaged goods as much as possible, sometimes product in a glass jar is the packaged alternative I turn to. Rather than simply recycling those jars, I like to reuse them for any number of storage purposes.

And I’ve stared at many a perfectly good jar in consternation because I just can’t quite get all of the label or any of the sticky glue off, so I figured this may be useful to some.

All that rambling aside, here’s the big secret: equal parts baking soda and some sort of cooking oil.

It’s really that easy.

OK, fine, an additional step, just to spice things up: if the glue seems extra tough, I’ll sometimes add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil as that is supposed to dissolve those sticky bonds.)

The ridiculously easy way to get labels off of jars - Green Indy Blog

For one jar, I can generally get away with a heaping teaspoon of each which I like since I use (expensive) olive oil since it’s the oil I can get in bulk.

Smear the mixture over the gluey areas (make sure you apply a coat thin enough that it doesn’t slide off when you’re done) and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Really, I typically end up forgetting about it so the jar sits on the counter for several hours. No harm, no foul that I’ve seen. Simply wet a scrubber with hot water and watch the glue disappear.

The glue should slide off pretty much right away and won’t take more than a minute or two to remove, save for a very few tenacious bits. If residue still remains, simply reapply and wait another 30 minutes.

Before and after:

Easy, easy.

What ridiculously simple tips have you learned but felt were too simple to share? I can guarantee someone will learn something new (probably me)! Share in the comments below!

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