How to remove sticky labels from Glass Jars

Some are easier than others to remove.  
This really simple method is what worked best for us!

We love mason jars and use the ones we have. But rather than spending money on new jars, we upcycle the glass containers that our coconut oil, jams and olives can live on to have another life. When we first started we found it difficult to completely remove the labels and adhesive that most of these jars come with. 

After trying several different recipes for removal we are happy to share the method we have found that works best for removing sticky labels from glass jars.

Step 1:

Fill your sink or a big bowl with warm soapy water. ​

Place the jars in the water for a good 30 minutes.

Step 2: 

Take them out and remove labels. This is all that’s needed for some labels, but for the extra stubborn and sticky labels move on to step 3.

Step 3: 

Make a paste of equal parts olive oil and baking soda.

Rub all over the sticky residue and let it sit for a while. 

Then, give them a good scrub.

We used steel wool, and it left no scratches.

Step 3:

Clean with soap and water to remove the paste. 

​Let dry and your glass containers are ready for reuse.


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This glass label removal recipe was referenced in our video post "Zero-Waste Food Container Makeover - Can we be sustainable with all our food needs?"

By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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