Remove Labels the Easy Way

Remove Labels

Do you love super simple solutions that make life and every day household task easier? Yes, Yes, Yes….. please! I love them even more when they cost less, saving me time and money.

One simple solution that I’ve discovered is a way to remove labels and without the mess of peeling, scrubbing, scratching and scraping, which usually leaves behind sticky business, scratch marks and a broken finger nail or two.

Vinegar = Superman With a Cape
Over the years, I’ve learned of a lot of uses for vinegar. From easing a wasp sting to conditioning our tresses (I will list them all below), and I’ve tried quite a few of them but the one on top of my list right now is the incredible way it removes labels.

Remove Labels

I love these little jars. They are perfect for storing beads and gems that I use for crafting jewelry and such but they come with a label that covers the whole entire jar and it’s one that doesn’t come off without a fight.

I use vinegar for a lot of stuff when it comes to cleaning because it not only cleans well but it doesn’t leave behind a smell and the best part is IT’S NOT TOXIC so you don’t have to worry about breathing in chemicals or exposing your family.

To remove labels:

– Put the jar or whatever it is you need a label removed from, in a large bowl or basin and fill it to cover the entire label area with the vinegar. You can try to peel off the label first, leaving behind only the stubborn parts or you can just leave the entire label on and soak it, either way, the vinegar will remove it.

Let it sit for an hour or more. This will depend on how well the label is glued to the item.

The label will start to peel off in pieces or come off fully and float to the top. If it is really glued fast, leave it to soak overnight and then you will be able to wash it off easily in the morning.

Keep a bottle of the house labeled ‘NOT FOR COOKING’ and use it over and over again for removing labels and stickers.

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Vinegar is amazing stuff! It cleans, refreshes, heals and saves the day! YEAH YEAH!!

Here is a list of other great uses for vinegar:

  1. Bathtub\Shower Cleaning – Make it a breeze by mixing one part vinegar with 10 parts water in an empty spray bottle and spray in your shower/bathtub after each shower and you’re ready to go.  In addition to this making shower cleaning a breeze, you don’t have to worry about toxic cleaners hitting the baby’s bath toys.

  2. Clay & Plastic Pots – Make them like new by removing the stains.  Just fill the kitchen sink with two-thirds water and one-third vinegar, and soak the pots for an hour or so and they will be good as new. Wash them before re-using or putting away.

  3. Cloth Diapers – What a great treat for a baby not to have to wear disposable diapers but keeping them clean can be a hassle if you are rinsing them in water and then washing them in a machine. Soak them in 1 cup of white vinegar for every 9 quarts of water and it will balance out the PH, neutralize the urine and keep the diapers from staining. In additions, vinegar is said to help prevent diaper rash.

  4. Corns – Get rid of them by soaking a Band-aid in apple cider vinegar and applying it to the corn for a day or two. Or you can soak your feet in a shallow pan of warm water with half a cup of vinegar. Whichever way you decide, finish by rubbing the corn with a clean pumice stone.

  5. Greasy Hair – Vinegar is an awesome degreaser for those who have an oily scalp like me. Shampoo your hair like usual, rinse and then pour ¼ cup vinegar over it and rinse again.

  6. Knives – Putting them in the dishwasher leaves food stuck on the sides. Clean knives without dulling their edges by using a cork soaked in vinegar. Soak a cork in vinegar and use it to rub off the stuck on foods, etc. and then hand wash with soap and water before using.

  7. Smoky Smells – Get rid of them in your kitchen simply by boiling a cup of vinegar in 2 cups of water. In 15 minutes, the smell should be gone.

  8. Sunburn – Ease it by rubbing vinegar on the affected area with a cotton ball or soft cloth. Your skin will immediately feel cooler.

  9. Swimmers Ears (a bacterial infection of the ear canal) – As a precaution, dab a solution of one part vinegar and five parts warm water into each ear three times a day, to ward off bacteria and keep your kids’ ears pain-free.

  10. Wasp Sting – Subside a wasp sting by applying apple cider vinegar to the area with a cotton ball and the sting will subside.

  11. Washing Machine – To reduce lint in your clothing, dissolve the alkalinity in detergents and get stubborn odors out of clothes, such as smoke, gasoline and bleach, add 5 – 10 fluid ounces of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.

  12. Wool – Washing those wool sweaters can be a task and dry cleaning them is expensive. To get them clean, keep them soft and prevent shrinkage, add 5 – 10 fluid ounces of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. I often times add it to my wash cycle along with detergent also to get things (not just wool) cleaner and softer.

  13. Cleaning Windows – Use old newspaper instead of a cleaning rag and white vinegar. This will leave your windows sparkling clean and without streaks.

  14. Dishwasher – To get rid of soap film in your dishwasher, run it on an empty cycle using vinegar instead of detergent. Your next load of dishes will be incredibly clean.

  15. Fabric Softener – Use White Vinegar in place of fabric softener to soften your clothes. This also works great when washing wool to keep it soft and to keep it from shrinking. Use the same amount of vinegar as you would fabric softener.

Do you know any good household tips that save time and money? Send me some of your pictures and ideas.

3 thoughts on “Remove Labels the Easy Way

  1. Kerri, I’m trying this tomorrow. I just cleaned out my fridge today and I saved the jars I emptied — have uses for each of them, but I was dreading the job of trying to get off the labels.

    Voila! I’m trying the vinegar. I use it for lots of other things, but I’ve never used it for a label remover. Here’s hoping! 🙂

  2. Loved this! Gonna go out and buy a gallon! I am forever blowdrying price tags off of things before gift giving! Gotta try the vinegar thing! Along with a wealth of other ideas! Gonna forward this one! Thanks!

    1. You are welcome, thank you. This truly works like a charm, even if I have to let a label sit over night in vinegar, it washes off very easily with little to no effort.

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