Nail polish remover to melt glue
If there are women in your house, it’s house, it’s likely you have a bottle of nail polish remover somewhere. This is so strong it is used to remove artificial nails. It literally melts them, and it it can do the same for your sticky troublesome labels as well.
Rubbing alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, surgical spirit
This will melt the adhesive and with a bit of elbow of elbow grease you will roll that’s adhesive into little patches and can easily pick them off. This is always easy to use on a cotton ball. It does evaporate quickly so you may find you need to keep reapplying. This can be purchased in a drug store. In the UK surgical spirit can be used. It may also be called isopropyl alcohol.
Using vinegar on sticky labels
This is different than the above products that are oil based. Vinegar, as you may remember from your chemistry class is an acid. This will burn the adhesive away. The smell isn’t pleasant but it will do the trick. Again, I would use either a paper towel or cotton ball to apply. Use only clear vinegar, red wine vinegar could leave a mark.
Use mayonnaise to remove labels
It is great for removing labels as well. As before, soaking the label before will aid in the removal. If you don’t have time, or the inclination to soak it, apply a generous dollop of mayonnaise. If it is not possible to lay the item down, use the mayo sparingly, you don’t want to be cleaning mayo stains from your carpet. Gently dab on with a paper towel and leave for 5-10 minutes. If you’re ever made your own mayonnaise, you will know it is mostly oil, and this is why it works
Using baby oil to remove glue
Baby oil still better to remove most of the label with warm water first, then go in with the baby oil on a cotton ball to remove the glue. The oil will loosen the glue and it will simply come away. It may be helpful to dab the oil on, leave for a few made it slippery. Wash in warm soapy water.
Sticky labels and how to remove them
We all have struggled with it, that horrible gooey residue that is left when you try to remove a label. I recently installed a new sink and have never so many labels, they were stuck everywhere. I want to pass on some of the methods I used to rid the glue that is left behind when you remove an adhesive label be from glass or ceramic.
Some methods you may have used before, and others may be new to you. What works well on one item may not be suited to another. Experiment with what you already have at home before going out to purchase an over-priced cleaner.
Always check for a change of color to your jar, or other glass items by applying a small amount of the remover to a hidden spot, before using where it will show. If you are using the method below