In the past, every time I opened a glass jar of something I would always think, I could totally use this for something! But then, said jar would sit on the counter for weeks before I finally tossed it in the recycle bin. If only I could get this stupid label off it! If only there was a resource of information at my fingertips that would tell me how to do such a thing!
Turns out removing labels from a pasta sauce jar is easier than I thought (Thank you, Google!). And now that I know how to do it, I can’t stop. The more I remove labels, the more uses I find for my clean beautiful glass jars: Vases for quick flower drop-offs (no returns necessary!). A paper/binder-clip holder for my desk. An attractive receptacle for my bulk-food purchases. A container for soup delivery for a sick friend. Pasta sauce jar with a label? Not so pretty. But a clean glass jar? Girl (or boy), please!
Here’s how to easily remove a pesky label from your jars, so you can become an obsessive label-removing freak like me!
- Fill a bowl with warm water and stir in about 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Completely submerge jar in water for a few hours.
- Remove jar from baking soda/water. The label may automatically come off. Most the time it will require step 4.
- Create a paste of equal parts vegetable oil and baking soda (you really probably only need about 1/2 teaspoon each). Spread it all over the label (I just use my fingers, but you could probably use a pastry brush if you’re fancy).
- Let the pasty substance sit on the jar for an hour or so.
- Scrub it with your scrubby of choice while under warm running water. I find a wire scrubby works best. (Don’t worry, you won’t have to scrub too hard.)
- Hand wash your new beautiful jar with dish soap and water.
- Pat yourself on the back. Look how crafty you are!