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How to Clean Labels From Wine Bottles

Want to learn the easiest way to remove sticky labels from wine bottles? Our simple five-step process uses all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients you already have in your home.
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Ingredients

  • 3 gallons of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon mild dish soap
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 whole wine bottles with labels

Equipment

  • 1 Kitchen sink or large glass mixing bowl
  • 1 Kitchen scrubbing brush

Instructions 

  • Fill your sink or a large bowl with hot water. You can also use cold water, but hot water will help to melt the glue adhesive used on labels.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 cup of white vinegar. The dish soap and vinegar will work with the hot water to melt the glue and allow for easy label removal.
  • Submerge wine bottles in water and let them soak for 20-30 minutes. Letting the jars soak will help labels to be removed easily.
  • Remove bottles from water and easily remove labels. Peel off labels and set aside any with sticky glue that won't easily rub off.
  • For sticky label glue that won’t come off, mix together equal parts oil and baking soda in a small bowl, then rub onto label glue and scrub with a dish rag or scrub brush. Let the oil mixture soak onto labels for a few minutes and then use a scrub brush or rag to rub off labels and glue.
  • Wash and dry bottles and they’re ready to reuse!

Notes

  • Is this wine bottle label removal method eco-friendly? Yes, the dish soap and vinegar are environmentally-friendly ingredients.
  • What wine bottles will this work on? Any empty glass wine bottles with paper labels. Etched or screen printed labels cannot be removed without damaging the bottle.
  • What to do with bottles once clean: Use empty wine bottles for chilled water in the refrigerator or fill them with olive oil and add a pour spout for easy oil pouring.