How to Remove a Glue Adhesive Label

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Things You'll Need

  • Warm water

  • Mild Dishwashing liquid

  • Plastic mesh pad

  • Sponge

  • Cloth

  • White vinegar

  • Butter knife

  • Hair dryer

  • Baby oil or vegetable oil

Labels can leave behind a sticky glue residue.

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.

Water and Dishwashing Liquid

Step 1

Fill your sink basin with warm water.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Scrape the label with a plastic mesh pad or sponge.

Step 5

Rinse the item with water and allow to dry.


Step 1

Saturate a clean cloth with white vinegar.

Step 2

Lay the saturated cloth on top of the label.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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


Step 1

Plug in a hair dryer.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Baby Oil

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Rub the label off with a damp sponge or cloth.