Thursday, January 31, 2013

Homemade Label Remover

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I am a big believer in repurposing. One of the ways I do is with empty food jars.  Salsa jars, pickle jars, peanut butter jars. You get the idea.

Removing the labels it can be a tedious process. Some of those labels have some pretty heavy duty adhesive on them.

I have purchased goo gone at the dollar store. Which is relatively inexpensive. But…the bottles are very small.  I thought I could come up with a more frugal alternative.

I decided to try baby oil. Guess what? It worked. I have been using this method for a couple of years now.

The Problem.  Baby oil tends to run all over the place on the jar. I used quite a bit of oil to get the label completely saturated down to the adhesive.

The Solution. Make a paste out of baby oil and baking soda. It worked perfectly and cost pennies to make.

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Label Remover

  • 1 part baby oil ( I did use slightly more then 1 part as it was a bit dry)
  • 2 parts baking soda

Remove as much of the label as possible before applying the paste. Let sit for a couple of minutes and you can remove the label residue easily.

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1 comment:

Jen said...

That is such a great idea!