How to remove labels from Jars

Every zero waster will have a cupboard full of jars and glass bottles, an easy win to reducing waste in the home. 

Most of our collection is old food or condiment jars, and getting the labels off can be tricky. This is defiantly one of my least favourite parts of living plastic free. To help make this easier I use a simple olive oil and baking soda mixture. 

Here is my 5 step guide to removing those pesky sticky labels. 

  1. In a large pot, soak the jars in hot soapy water
  2. After an hour or two soaking (maybe more depending on the label), peel off as much of the label as you can
  3. There will most likely be some sticky residue left, so to remove this, mix equal parts of oil and baking soda into a paste
  4. Apply the paste to the sticky residue using an abrasive scrub. Leave to sit for a while
  5. After 30mins scrub again with the abrasive scrub and then wash well with hot soapy water
And you are done! If there is still some sticky residue on you jar repeat the Oil and Baking soda process.

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