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This weekend I decided to replace a ton of spices from my spice rack. Some of them were there when I first bought it 20 years ago! There are just some spices that I don’t really use that often so they just sit in my spice rack taking up space. Since there are about a million ways to reuse old spice jars, I really didn’t want to throw them all away! I decided to share with you how to remove labels from jars with barely any work. All you need is hot soapy water, a scrub brush and some coconut oil!
How to Remove Labels From Jars
Step one: Fill a bowl with hot, soapy water and toss in your old spice jars. Now, go to bed. Seriously…just leave them in the hot soapy water overnight to soak.
Step two: Scrape off the label with your fingernail or the edge of a knife. It should peel right off, leaving a whole bunch of label glue behind on your jar. Getting labels off of jars is not the hard part. Now…. how do i remove sticky label residue from glass? That is a bit more work….
Step three: Dry your spice jar and smear coconut oil over the whole sticky label part with a paper towel. Go take a nap. Yup, just leave that thing sitting there for a while and ignore it. This post about how to remove labels from jars makes it sound pretty simple, huh?
Step four: After the oil has sat there for a few hours, turn on the hot water and scrub the label goo off with your scrubbie thing. I have a stiff bristled brush that I use but I’m sure there are other options out there.
Step five: Let air dry and then find a few new uses for those old jars. Just keep reading below for a few ideas!
How do you remove labels from glass bottles without damaging them?
Ok, so this method of removing labels from jars is pretty harsh on the label itself. It is basically destroyed. What do you do if you want to remove labels from glass bottles without damaging them? Maybe you want to keep the label from your wedding wine bottle in your scrapbook…. That is a little trickier.
The only method I have come across for removing labels and keeping them intact is the oven method. Put the empty jar into the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees until the bottles are hot (about 10 minutes or so). Remove the jar from the oven very carefully. The labels should peel right off. Put the labels on wax paper or plastic wrap. to keep them from resticking to something else.
Creative Uses for Old Jars After You Remove the Label
Our curbside recycling program stopped taking glass a few months ago. While I can drive it to the recycling facility in the next town, it is a lot of work. In an effort to cut down on glass recycling, I have been looking for creative uses for old jars around the how. Here are a few ways to reuse empty jars once you have finished removing the label.
Painted Jar Luminaries:
Get into the holiday spirit and paint your empty jar to look like a pumpkin, flag, or Christmas tree. Place a small tea light in each one and you have attractive and creative holiday décor.
Pro Upcycling Tip: Check out my post on how to cut a glass bottle in half with string!
Make gifts in a jar:
Old jars are wonderful to hold a number of gifts. Whether you want to make something sweet like cookies or a savory dried soup mix just add your dry ingredients, dress up with a bow, and include the directions for use. You can also make a homemade Christmas sugar scrub and put it in a clean, empty jar with a gift tag for a friend.
Make it into a DIY sewing kit:
Fill the jar with all of your spools of thread, tape measure, and other small supplies. Wrap cotton balls in a small square of cloth and glue to the top of the lid. Screw the lid onto the jar and stick your needles into the cloth. Now you have all of your sewing supplies in one place!
Make a powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar shaker:
Fill upcycled jars with powdered sugar or mix cinnamon and sugar together in a large bowl to desired sweetness. Add a few holes to the lid using a hammer and nail. Now you have a convenient way to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on your toast or dust your crepes with powdered sugar. This is a great way to repurpose old spice jars.
Use to serve food or beverages to guests:
Some empty jars bring about a look of rustic nostalgia when used as part of your table setting. A delicious pudding or glass of homemade iced tea can easily be served in fancy jars to give your meal a bit of pizzazz.
You can make homemade lemonade with slices of fresh lemon, screw the lids on, and place in a bucket full of ice the next time you are having a party.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.