How to Remove a Glue Adhesive Label

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How to Remove a Glue Adhesive Label
Labels can leave behind a sticky glue residue. (cough syrup image by timur1970 from

Labels are a common sight on bottles and jars for good reason. Labels provide important information about the contents. To adhere the labels to the bottles and jars, companies use a type of glue adhesive on one side of the label. Removing these labels can be a bit difficult at times. Even if you are able to simply peel the label off, you will be left with a sticky glue residue. The good news is that with a few household items you can remove both the label and the glue residue with relative ease.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Mild Dishwashing liquid
  • Plastic mesh pad
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Butter knife
  • Hair dryer
  • Baby oil or vegetable oil

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    Water and Dishwashing Liquid

  1. 1

    Fill your sink basin with warm water.

  2. 2

    Add a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid to the water. Swish the water around to mix the dishwashing liquid into the water.

  3. 3

    Submerge the item in the water and allow to soak for 15 minutes.

  4. 4

    Scrape the label with a plastic mesh pad or sponge.

  5. 5

    Rinse the item with water and allow to dry.


  1. 1

    Saturate a clean cloth with white vinegar.

  2. 2

    Lay the saturated cloth on top of the label.

  3. 3

    Allow the vinegar to soak into the label for 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. 4

    Peel the label off the item. If the label does not come off easily, use a butter knife to scrape off the label.


  1. 1

    Plug in a hair dryer.

  2. 2

    Apply heat to the label by moving the hair dryer in a back-and-forth motion.

  3. 3

    Peel the label off. The heat from the hair dryer will have softened the glue adhesive.

    Baby Oil

  1. 1

    Rub baby oil onto the label. Use vegetable oil if baby oil is not available.

  2. 2

    Allow the oil to work into the label and soften the adhesive glue.

  3. 3

    Rub the label off with a damp sponge or cloth.

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