Pretty Up Your Pasta Sauce: How to Turn an Ugly Jar Into a Pretty Jar in 8 Easy Steps.

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.┬áPasta 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!

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water and stir in about 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
  2. Completely submerge jar in water for a few hours.
  3. Remove jar from baking soda/water. The label may automatically come off. Most the time it will require step 4.
  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).
  5. Let the pasty substance sit on the jar for an hour or so.
  6. 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.)
  7. Hand wash your new beautiful jar with dish soap and water.
  8. Pat yourself on the back. Look how crafty you are!
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