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Getting labels off glass bottles

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KanyesVest Mon 15-Aug-16 09:12:05

I've some lovely glass bottles that had fancy hand soap lotion in and I want to refill them with something else. I soaked them over night in a basin of water hoping the labels would lift off this morning, but they are well stuck on. My only thought has been nail varnish remover, but before I stink the place out, is there anything else I can try?

Buscake Mon 15-Aug-16 09:15:27

Try wd40. Spray on, wipe it with a bit of kitchen roll or something to ensure even coverage, then after you've left it for a bit scrape off the label with an old credit card or similar.

OTheHugeManatee Mon 15-Aug-16 09:15:57

White spirit often does the trick.

dementedpixie Mon 15-Aug-16 09:18:37

De-solvit pre wash spray can be used to remove labels. Found with other laundry stain removers in the supermarket

Sequentialchoring Mon 15-Aug-16 09:19:40

Lakeland do something called sticky stuff remover

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 15-Aug-16 09:22:18

I dshwasher any jars/bottles I want to keep and then if the labels are still stuck hack at them with a table knife

Usually a couple of goes of that will get you down to the glue and then it's chemical warfare...acetone/wd40/paint stripper and a brillo pad.

Tagetes Mon 15-Aug-16 09:25:46

It's a pain. I regularly do it because I make a lot of jam. I've found soaking in hot soapy water to get the paper off (scoring it first if it's plasticized or has a foil surface), then rubbing the residue with white spirit and using the point of a knife to scrape it off largely works but it take a bit of time. Then you have to wash the jar about three times to get rid of the smell of white spirit!

Ifailed Mon 15-Aug-16 09:46:39

good long soak in soapy water to remove label, then on with the marigolds, V hot water and wire-wool scrubber. The heat sort of melts the glue and the scrubber removes it.

KanyesVest Mon 15-Aug-16 12:05:36

Thanks, I hadn't thought to scored the labels before soaking them. Between all the suggestions, I'll no doubt get them off!

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