Stop everything you're doing and go find something that has a label stuck on it. Because I'm going to show you a tip (that I thought I invented but probably didn't) on how to easily remove a label from almost anything.
Hello lovely black glass receptacle that would be a perfect little vase! How are you?! Oh you're feeling stuck are you? Doomed to the life of being a Grey Suede scented candle when in fact you lost that job ages ago in a fire.
Don't you worry. You're more than a candle holder. You could be anything! You just need to get rid of all the labels other people put on you.
- Heat the label with a hairdryer being careful not to heat the glass up so much that it cracks.
- After 1 minute or so, test the label. It should pull off with no resistance. If it doesn't, heat it a bit more.
- Peel the label off.
That's it. You're done. WOW. Wait. Holddddd on. There's still sticky residue? Ug.
The odd time when you remove a label it will leave residue. This normally doesn't happen BUT if it does:
- Tap the sticky part of the label you removed against the residue to pull it up.
- Rub the area with a cotton ball dipped in olive oil (or any food oil.)
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Now you're ready to be whatever you want without any external labels.
But I'm telling you right now, you're gonna be a vase.
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Wow! This is something I can use. I’m never going to plant asparagus, potatoes or strawberries (since growing anything besides my phenomenal roses, here in Fabulous Las Vegas, would take way too much effort and yield pretty much nothing.)
Stickers on glass, that I’ve got. I’m pretty much positive that you invented this removal method since I’ve never seen it until tonight and that’s good enough for me.
Well, I once thought I invented quesadillas and then found out they had in fact been invented quite a while ago, so ... lol. ~ karen!
My head just exploded! This is the first time I've heard this tip! Although it's 12:46am and I should be trying to sleep, I'm tempted to get up and try this out!
Did you try??! LOL. ~ karen!
I just fill the container with hot water until it's really warm. Peel. Done.
Just be careful to not get the label itself wet.
Fun! I'll try it! ~ karen
Yes I did and it definitely works!!! Unpeelable labels have been a pet peeve for a few decades...lol!
Ordinary Turpentine will remove any of these stickers and will have no effect on any type of finish.
Just wash and dry afterwards.
How about 30 yr labels on an old mirror?
I assume the label is on the front of the mirror, in which case turps will be ok. I couldn't make a guess at removing from the mirror finish on the back.
Hi John! A hairdryer is just more accessible to most people and less smelly. ~ karen!
Good point although I myself have little use for a hairdryer.
LOL! ~ karen
In these days of sanitizing everything, I've also found that sanitizing wipes remove that sticker residue easily ;)
Another tip I recently learned in these days of sanitizing everything is that sanitizing wipes are also great for removing sticker residue.
That sounds kind an awesome idea too!
I use glass jars for food storage. Will try hairdryer method. For stubborn glue I add a bit of baking soda to veg oil to make a gritty paste and it helps. Of course, use discretion on anything with a painted finish.
I didn’t see this one before I posted the same baking soda suggestion! Great minds, and all that :)
I’ve used this hair dryer technique to remove glued on name tag labels from clothing. Again heat for short periods of time and not for too long.
I just saw this remedy the other day when I was looking for answers online! Any ideas on how to remove the sticky guck left behind after pulling contact paper off the inside of a wooden drawer, so the wood is either clean, or at least paintable?
I always use lighter fluid soaked Cotton ball to remove gooey stuff - it doesn’t harm surfaces and works better than anything else I used to use.
I use a cotton ball saturated with lighter fluid and it works like a charm - doesn’t harm surfaces.
Hairdryer could soften plastic. Residue of glue is easily removed with liquid citron.
If the oil by itself doesn’t remove the residue, you can add a little baking soda and scrub. Almost never doesn’t work! (and, yes, I meant the double negative)
Agreed - works as well as Goo Gone.
I had a big price sticker on an outdoor light shade. Couldn't get it off. A friend suggested ''Doom", which is a bug repellant spray here, you obviously have the same there, with maybe a different name. It worked immediately! But my inquisitive brain is wondering who thought of this...!? Probably not so great for food receptacles though, so I'll definitely try your method for those, thanks!
I love this tip. I usually go straight to the chemicals and it's messy and drippy to try to peel off bit by bit. Using the the hairdryer as the first step would make the process much easier. And your comment "when in fact you lost that job ages ago in a fire" made me snort. If was drinking milk it would have come out my nose. :)