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Have you come across beautiful glass jars from jams and sauce container which are perfectly reusable but unable to remove the pesky glue off the jars from the product labels?

reusable jar
Pasta Jar with sticky label

Peeling off the gummy labels and scrubbing off the adhesive residue are equally time consuming and frustrating at times but this may all go away by following the easy solutions in this article.

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Soak the jar in hot water

Firstly, clean the empty jar from its original content with water and dish-washing liquid. Then submerge the entire jar in hot water and soak the label for a few hours or until the label can be easily peeled off from the jar. Some labels will fall off the jar nicely (especially if water soluble adhesive is used) without leaving any white sticky residue.

Cooking Oil

remove glue residue from jar, how-to,
Jar with glue residue

Most of the time, you may potentially end up with a gummy layer which require the next cleaning step.

remove glue residue from jar, how-to,
Brush and sponge

You will need a dish-washing sponge or paper towel and a brush.

remove glue residue from jar, how-to,
Cooking Oil

Dribble a few drops of cooking oil on the sponge and rub on the residue. Keep rubbing / brushing until everything is gone.

Chunky Peanut Butter
Alternatively, you can also use chunky peanut butter (if you happen to have it). Spread a bit of the butter on the residue and rub/scrub until the adhesive is completely removed. It works equally well but it is a waste of peanut butter, so cooking oil is still a better option.

Nail Polish Remover
Dab the jar with nail polish remover and rub it with paper towel. This method usually removes the adhesive in an instant.

remove glue residue from jar, how-to,
Sparkly clean jar

Once the glue residue is completely removed from the jar, time to give the jar a thorough wash. Use water and dish-washing liquid to remove oil residue or chemical from nail polish remover. Make sure it is dry and clean before reusing the jar for storage, craft or other purposes.

Next time when you are about to throw away an ugly looking jar with half-peeled label or getting frustrated at the pesky gummy label, try one this removal method.

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Very useful - thanks Pauline.
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