How to Remove Labels From Jars with Barely Any Work!

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!

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  How to Remove Labels from Jars. Once clean you can repurpose or upcycle into a number of crafts or DIY projects!

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.

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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 spice jars. Just click the picture below for a few ideas!

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  1. This is so helpful - and I have everything I need right in my pantry. Thanks for the tip!
  2. Barbara Brown says:
    I remove labels by filling the jar with very hot water. Let sit till the jar and labels are hot. Label comes right off, and doesn't leave glue.
  3. I am an avid gardener and Love to do flower pots. I use my spice jars for pellet fertilizer to sprinkle into the pot or into the garden if I have a new plant to add to my garden. Works great, space saving and sealed from moisture.

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