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The Easiest Way to Get Sticker Residue Off Glass

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How to Get Sticker Residue Off Glass

Are you reusing glass jars, but you don’t like the sticker residue left behind from old labels? Then you need to check out this amazingly simple hack to get sticker residue off glass.

Not only is this simple DIY to remove sticky residue off glass quick and easy, but it also requires just one ingredient you likely already have in your home right now. So you can start cleaning those glass jars this very second!

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Removing Sticky Residue Off Glass

Part of going zero waste on a budget means reusing what you already have around the house, and glass jars are some of the best things to reuse.

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You can use them to store leftovers in the kitchen, hold your DIY cleaning products, and keep things neat and clean in your bathroom.

Sometimes, the old labels peel off just as quick and easy as can be. But other times they flat out refuse to come off or they leave behind sticky residue and little bits of label.

While it’s certainly not the end of the world to leave the old labels on the jars, it can sometimes create confusion or make it hard to see what’s in the jar.

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Fortunately, it’s very easy to get labels and residue off your glass jars with one item you probably have in your bathroom right now. Rubbing alcohol!

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How to Remove Labels From Glass Jar

  1. Take the lids off your jars and lay them down in a wide, shallow container. I find that a glass baking dish works best.
  2. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the container so at least part of the labels are submerged.
  3. Let the jars soak for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the jars from the rubbing alcohol and simply wipe away the label.
  5. If you have a stubborn label that won’t come off, place the jar back in the rubbing alcohol, let it soak for an hour, and try again.
  6. If you have a label that wraps around the entire jar, you’ll need to occasionally rotate the jar so each section of the label has a chance to soak in the rubbing alcohol.
  7. Once the labels and residue have been removed, place your jars in the dishwasher and run them through a normal wash cycle.

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Before picture of glass jars with labels
After picture with glass jars without labels

Other Ways to Remove Sticker Residue Off Glass

Don’t have any rubbing alcohol on hand? That’s not a problem! Here are 3 other ways you can quickly and easily get stickers off glass.

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White Vinegar

You can use white vinegar to clean a surprising number of things around the house, and it’s also great at removing adhesive that’s stuck on glass jars. You can also make DIY citrus-infused vinegar to get the combined residue-busting power of white vinegar and citrus.

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To use the white vinegar to remove labels and sticky residue, simply follow the same directions listed above, but use vinegar in place of rubbing alcohol.

Hot, Soapy Water

Fill a sink or large bowl with hot, soapy water and submerge your jars. Let them soak for about 30 minutes. Remove the jars from the water and the labels should come right off.

Baking Soda and Vegetable Oil

Create a mixture of equal parts baking soda and vegetable oil. Apply the mixture over the residue and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Use a paper towel to wipe away the mixture and the residue.

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It’s important to note that the oil will make the jars very slippery, so you need to handle them carefully until you can use soap and water to wash the oil away.

How to Easily Get Sticker Residue Off Glass

Those little bits and pieces of leftover label and sticker residue on your glass jars no longer have to annoy you. Instead, thanks to this genius hack on how to remove sticker residue off glass, you can make your cabinets look neater, avoid confusion, and clearly see what’s inside your glass jars.

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