Are you ready to have your socks rocked off?  I am not even kidding.  I have the magic ingredients on How to Easily Remove Labels from jars and containers without leaving that annoying adhesive residue behind!  Hands down this is the best way to remove labels and I have tried them all!

The Best Way to Remove Labels from Jars! Sharing my secret ingredients!
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If you are like me you are always thinking “I could use that for something!” when I empty out a jar.  (or peanut butter container!)  And I do use them.  In my craft room to store all my little supplies!  I simply spray paint all the lids and voila…I have cute jars for next to nothing compared to the ones sold in the craft stores!

That glue on jar labels drives me nuts! I can peel the paper layer off and then I am left with this: Yucky, sticky glue residue.

The best way to remove labels and this sticky goo.

Well not any more my friends!!

What you Need to Easily Remove Labels:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vegetable Oil

That’s it!!  Mix equal parts of the two to form a runny paste.

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Once I remove the paper part of the label, I mixed up my magic paste.  I apply a thick layer of it to the jar and smear it all over the gluey sticky part.

The BEST way to remove labels using no chemicals at all!

I let it sit on there about 10 minutes or so.  That number is not exact.  I slapped it on the jar and then got distracted a few times with the kids and remembered to come back to it as I passed by.  I took a paper towel and then wiped away the paste from the jar.  All the adhesive that was left on the jar was now wiping away with my paste mixture!  I gave the jar a good wash with soap to get rid of the oil residue and I was left with this crystal clear jar!  Hands down this is the best way to remove labels that I have found using no harmful chemicals.

The Best Way to remove labels and get crystal clear jars!

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I am going to start using this method to easily remove labels every time I need to remove labels for my Decorated Soap Dispensers and if I ever need to make a chalkbaord labled bottle or any more of my wine bottle luminaries I will remove labels with ease!  I wish I had this back when I was still using vinegar to get the gunk off!  This method doesn’t make my house smell like we are dying Easter Eggs :)

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How to Easily Remove Labels from Jars, Bottles, almost anything with what you have in your pantry!

This would also be perfect to remove labels from some Mason Jars and make a set of my DIY Mason Jar Straw Lids!
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    1. Please be careful If you have a Gas range be aware the pilot light can ignite the fumes from goo gone. It happened to my sister-in-law.

  1. Brilliant! I save some fantastic raw honey jars from the local farmer’s market and now I have an easy and less toxic way to remove the labels. Oh the jar possibilities are endless now. Thank you for sharing.

    Best Wishes and Happy Crafting

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I love to keep empty jars too and always find myself taking ages to get the sticky off – I will definitely give this a go.

  3. Oh I can’t wait to try this! I make jams and chutneys, and often am given jars…… thanks for the great post!

        1. I haveound the quickest and easiest way to remove the glue residue it to use nail polish remover it just wipes the glue off,just give it a try

  4. Your recipe works great. I tried it out in case I ever need a back up. Thanks so much. I have one you may like to try, works for me every time on anything. Peanut Butter. There is always some left in the jar that I can’t scrape out. One day I scraped some out while washing a jar and smeared it on a clear plastic carryout container that I was getting ready to try and remove the goo from. I let it set a few minutes and it was amazing how easily the goo came off. I now use it for all of my goo removal and it has never let me down. Really enjoy your site, this is the first time I have ever made a comment anywhere. I’m an oldie but a newbie. :) :)

  5. Wow! Not only did this work on my jars, but I had just bought some dishes at Home Goods and they had price stickers on the front – this worked like a charm! Thanks so much :)

  6. Oh my gosh!!! I’ve been trying to get the glue off of a pile of jars for MONTHS… here and there, not nonstop :) Just tried this and it worked so well!!!! No elbow grease needed!!! And I love that I didn’t have to use nasty chemicals. I need to go out and buy more things in jars now so I can do it again!!

  7. Oil of any kind removes sticky residue. Basic petroleum. On petroleum products…. Baby oil, cooking oil, great tip though,…love your ideas…

  8. It is probably more expensive, but rubbing Peanut Butter (creamy, not crunchy) on the glue and leaving it for 10-15 minutes (again, not exact) will do the same as the formula given. Like I said though, sure seems a waste of Peanut Butter, but it works great

  9. Pam spray also works wonders! I save jars all the time for Christmas presents for teachers, neighbors and so on. Perfect for peanut brittle or candied nuts :)

  10. I have also found goo gone to work. Same idea, remove label, apply and let sit a while. I have also used magic eraser, it works really well when it’s a glass jar and very little residue left. The more tips, the better, for that gunk!

  11. Wow, my husband has bees so we give away honey. I have a ton of jars but they look so tacky cause the labels won’t come completely off PLUS I never thought of spray painting the lid, thank you!

  12. I love this, but do you have any tips for removing those clear plastic labels that seem to be glued on with cement! They’re even hard to peel off. The paper ones are easy, just soak them in water and they peel easily, but these plastic labels don’t budge from soaking. Any ideas?

    1. Rosemary, try using a hair dryer for the clear plastic labels. Those are a huge pain! Be patient and peel back slowly while the blow dryer is heating it up. That worked pretty well once for me and I just had a bit of residual goo to clean up at the very end that the label came off!

  13. Just put hot water in the jar. If you are real careful use water from a kettle or put in the microwave for a minute and that softens up the glue making it easier to come off and not needing goo to remove glue. Hot water works great on removing unwanted decals from car dealers too. Hot water is better than a hair dryer because the temperature is constant and causes less breakage especially for removing decals. Doesn’t need to be boiling hot. pour it on slowly and remove.

  14. My hubby told me to use WD40 on them one day when I was aggravated and wala …it worked taking glue off right away. No residue left and no way time just wipe time. :-)

  15. Great info. I’m trying it this very minute. But I have a doubt. Last summer I bought a new kitchen stove with a great big label stuck on the door. I was able to remove part of it but not all, finally a while ago I decided it was time to remove it once and for all. I’ve been trying with hot water, glass cleaning liquid and haven’t been very successful. In the end I remembered this trick and I’m trying it right now but don’t really know if it’ll work with it. If not, do you have another recipe which can save me please??? Thanks a lot

  16. I’ve always just used a metal scrubbie (steel or copper ‘wool’) and soap; just a few strokes and it’s clean, no waiting. I’ll try this if I get something really stuck on though!

  17. I use clear lamp oil on a paper towel. Just a small dab and it cleaned the glue off in seconds also removes wax from old candle holders too. I have not tried it on crayon yet. Wash with soap after your done.

  18. Will try that. Anyone know how to get the smell out of the lid for a pickle jar or salsa jar? I’ve tried baking soda and newspaper, but no go. I like to be able to reuse jars for food storage but if the lid smells it ruins the food inside.

    1. I’ve always used a mixture of bicarbonate of soda (not sure what that is called in the US?) and bottled lemon juice. make a paste and rub it on the lid, leave it overnight. Once it’s washed off it smells of not a lot, although perhaps faintly lemony but that does go quite quickly.

      1. Kel, in the good ole USA Bicarbonate of Soda is called by the same title. Is one of the few places there isn’t a language barrier (like with Russians?)! LOL Bicarb of Soda = Bicarb of Soda! ((o;
        ALSO, a tip for you… if there are folks of varying ages around the neighborhood, and coupons in Sunday’s paper, swap what you DON’T use for what you DO use! LOL RecipeRoss

  19. You can also let the jars sit overnight in a sink with any laundry soap that has Oxiclean in it. No need to pull the paper off. The next morning the labels will be off.

  20. Many, many thanks for this tutorial! How can we recycle if a lot of brands still give us a hard time to remove labels after we consume their products ? A “we care for our environment-remove our label easily after finishing our product” label should be created and added to those who care, to all others we now have your tutorial :)

    1. The last time I looked the difference between Baking Soda and Baking Powder was that the “Cream of Tartar” had been added to the soda to make the powder. Since Cream of Tartar is an acid, it should work even better. Let us know what you find out when you try it.

  21. I use my own method:
    Hand sanitizer it’s easy, no mixing, doesn’t stain & it’s cheap plus it has an awesome smell. Can be used in hair for gum, in carpets to get gum out, windows to get the sticky off and you can add it to a cloth to clean a table with it dries fast!! But most of all it works Great in jars & other containers. Just squirt on then rub into & up & down to get into the label, wait a couple of minutes go and rub it off or use a bone folder & it peels right up

  22. Cool idea! I love reusing jars! I use a hair dryer to remove the labels….put in on high…blow on the label…heats up the glue a bit and the sticker comes clean off and doesn’t leave any residue!

  23. Haven’t tried this but I just spray WD40 on all my labels I need to take off & let sit for a little while… great for me.

  24. Another option to helping to remove the glue from jars are SOS pads & there’s no time limit to waiting for it to work or the added double wash of cleaning the baking soda oil paste….even better it cost less than a buck & you can used them more than once.

  25. I hope this works on plastic. I’ve needed it recently but couldn’t get the label off so just threw the bottle away.

  26. Or you can use rubbing alcohol which removes adhesive residue immediately.
    You can also purchase the prepackaged alcohol wipes to keep handy (they’re inexpensive).

    WD-40 also works, but imo, requires more cleanup.

  27. Girls, after you spray paint the lids, try brushing on one coat of acrylic varnish. Two or three coats is even better. Let dry about 20 mins in between coats, then let sit for about 24 hrs to fully cure the varnish. This will make them more scratch-proof, etc. and the newly painted lids will hold up better.

  28. Oh, my Goodness!! I’ve found your post a couple of hours ago and I had to give it a try… I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! It works GREAT!!! I had so many sticky jars laying around waiting for the day I’d discover a way to clean them… Not any more!! They are spotless now!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! IT’S UNBELIEVABLE!! And SO easy!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Have a great day!!


  29. Thank you so much for this valuable tip… I have been struggling for years trying to remove those pesky labels from all of my prescription bottles. Like you, I just know I can find a good use for them in my craft studio, but after soaking the paper labels off, the remaining sticky glue is impossible to remove. I can’t wait to give this a try. Again, thank you

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  31. THANK U SO MUCH FOR THIS!! I was just yesterday trying to remove glue sticker from a pencil much and it drives me crazy! I hate to use Goo be gone cuz it’s strong odor and strength. THANK U!! I just love your blog!! XO

  32. Prior to Goo Gone being on the market, my late mother taught me to use lighter fluid. She was a smoker, and had it on hand to refill her Zippo! But I tend to migraines and the smell can send me into one. (And Goo Gone is even worse, as it doesn’t evaporate like lighter fluid.)Not to mention the obvious flammability. Excited to try this. It makes sense…

  33. Oh! and I just thought of something else to add. Why not use a small one of those jars that you have cleaned, and keep some premixed paste on hand!

  34. Just gotta ‘PIN’ this… crafters everywhere will just luv,luv,luv you for this tip. And all of the possible solutions supplied by your reader’s, is definitely ‘icing on the cake’. Thanx ever so much… 8o)

  35. Wow, this is the easiest, practically no-effort removal of that sticky residue! I was shocked how easily it came off! Thank you!!!

  36. I do bottle crafts and I get most every label off by soaking in hot water and scraping with a razor blade and steel wool but some of them that sticky residue will not come off. I will try this. Ty.

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