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Video:Remove Sticky Labels From Jars

with Jonathon Stewart

Recycling old jars into vases or containers is a good way to reuse them, but sometimes it seems like an impossible task to get the sticky labels and goo off of the glass. Check out these all-natural, easy tips, and you'll be label-free in no time.See Transcript

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Transcript:Remove Sticky Labels From Jars

Some of the coolest and most affordable vases and glass holders are actually recycled salad dressing bottles, oil containers, and even spaghetti jars. Just remove the label and glue, and you're good to go. Whoa, whoa, whoa... just "remove the label and glue and you're good to go?"

Yeah, right - like that's worth the time and effort - even getting price tags off of dishware can be a royal pain, right? Well, maybe not, if you try the right tricks. I'm Jonathon Stewart for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip, and today it's all about getting rid of sticky label goo for good. Check it out!

Natural Sticky Label Removers

Before you go grabbing any toxic adhesive removers or hinge lubricants, try going at it naturally. If you've got the time, the least energy-consuming method for loosening up unwanted label gunk is to simply soak your containers overnight in hot, soapy water. With just a little more elbow grease, you can increase your chances of removal by scoring the label with a serrated butter knife - just be very careful not to let either the knife or jar slip from your hands. In the morning, you'll find that all but the toughest labels have come free, or are easily wiped off.

Label Removers for Non-Water Soluble Glue

But what about that pesky glue that may not be water soluble? Well, step it up to all-natural solution number two: your wife's hair dryer. Being careful not to burn your own skin, try heating up the gunk with a close-range blow out. After 30 to 60 seconds, many times the glue will have softened and is able to be wiped away easily. If not, it may be time to bring out the big guns.

Peanut Butter to Remove Sticky Lables

Peanut butter contains natural oils that are great for loosening tough to get stuff like chewing gum, and will many times do the trick on label goo as well. After applying a small amount, try using an abrasive sponge or steel wool to finally finish off your beautiful vase-in-waiting. Rinse away any remaining PB or other residue, and you'll be all set.

They say lighter fluid is a good way to go as well, but I don't know. That stuff is good for catching things on fire, too. Thanks for watching! To learn more, visit us on the Web at homegarden.about.com.
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