How to remove leftover glue from jar labels for reuse
I try to reuse everything that comes through my house - seriously, everything! I keep every elastic band, take out container, jar etc. in attempt to make a single use product last as long as possible.
When it comes to reusing glass jars, I would get fed up trying to remove the original labels and got to the point where I would just leave the labels on rather than deal with grabbing sticky jars. Until I discovered this simple trick to easily remove residual glue with two simple, natural ingredients I always have on hand! Works on glass, metal and plastic.
Recipe for one label removal:
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon oil (any oil works)
Remove as much of the original label as you can. Mix a combination of equal parts baking soda with oil. Stir it into a paste. Apply paste to glue residue area for up to 20 minutes. Scrape off the loosened glue, and do a second application using the same paste if it really stubborn. Optional - use a scrub brush or scrubbing sponge if there are grooves you need to get into. Wash with warm, soapy water and voila - a good as new jar.
For smelly lids - put them out in the sun! For winter time, soak the inside with a baking soda water paste and let it sit for 1 hour or more depending on the stink level. For pickle jars I would leave it overnight. If that doesn't do it - try lemon juice or coffee grinds. Let me know how it works!