How to Remove Label Glue From a Can


When you want to remove the label from a can, often the paper part of the label is the easiest part to remove. After the paper label comes off, sometimes the label glue remains on the can. There are several options for dissolving label glue to leave a clean and shiny can without the glue residue marring the surface of the can.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • WD-40
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Paper towel
  • Water

Saturate a piece of paper towel with the nail polish remover and apply the nail polish to the label glue. Allow the nail polish to set on the label glue for approximately five minutes, and then scrub at the glue with the nylon scrubber to remove the glue. Rinse the can in water.

Dampen a piece of paper towel with isopropyl alcohol and apply the alcohol to the label glue in the same fashion as you applied the nail polish. Allow the alcohol to set on the glue again, and then scrub at the glue using the same technique as step one. Rinse the can with water.

Spray the label glue directly with the WD-40 and allow it to sit for approximately 10 minutes. Wipe the glue area with a dry paper towel after allowing it to sit. Repeat if the glue remains on the can. Rinse the can with water to finish.

Dampen the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and use it to rub at the label adhesive. Rub back and forth to work the adhesive loose from the surface of the can. Rinse the can with water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use extreme caution when using the WD-40. Always use this product in a location with plentiful air circulation.

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