See that jar up there? Do you have any of those your house?
I don’t mean the stuff inside the jar. I’m talking about the jar itself. You know, the ones that you’ve emptied and washed, secretly hoping the dishwasher would get rid of the label for you, but it didn’t, so you reuse it anyway and will hope the dishwasher will take off the label the label the next time it’s washed?
Yeah, that’s about how it works in my house, lol. I used to have lots. LOTS. But… they’re gone. Vamanos. Vamoose. Nada. Elvis has left the building!
I found a magic potion that removes all that icky label stuff. And guess what! You probably already have some of this potion under your bathroom sink.
It’s called rubbing alcohol.
Who knew, right? You know how vinegar has a bazillion uses? I’d venture to say that rubbing alcohol has quite a few too. I’ve only tried two so far, but both worked well so I’m sure there’s more!
Once I took off one label, I had to take off more. When I say “more,” I really mean all of them.
It’s kind of addicting. :) But aren’t they beautiful?! With the labels gone, I can finally see the jams, salsa, spaghetti sauce, strawberry puree, freshly drained coconut water, homemade vinaigrettes and dressings, pizza sauce, soup, vanilla chips, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pepitas and specialty flours that I keep in there. Their storage capabilities are endless! And I haven’t even touched the surface of crafting potential!
Want sparkly clean jars too? Here’s what to do:
- Pour a bit into a wide container (1/8″ – 1/4″ or so) and set your ugly jars with the label facing downward into the rubbing alcohol and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Take it the jar out and the label should wipe right off.
- If it’s a stubborn label (like some of the Smucker’s jams), put it back in the alcohol an let it sit for an hour (or while you’re doing something else) and try to remove it again.
- If it’s an extra stubborn label, (like Trader Joe’s coconut oil… ahem), let it soak and use a stiff brush (I used a grill brush) to help you remove the goo.
- Place jars in the dishwasher and run a cycle (with your other dishes is fine).
Every label is different – some absorb the alcohol and the glue is loosened without actually being in the alcohol. Other labels refuse to let go of the jar unless every single portion of the label has had a chance to bathe in the alcohol.
I guess even jars have their own personality!
You may be wondering if there really is a point to taking the labels off, or why we should be saving the jars in the first place.
To answer the first question, we take the labels off because it just looks so much better. I mean, just look at the difference:
Once the old label is gone, you can put a new, clean label on the jar or just leave it blank.
For the second question, the answers are loaded… to be continued…