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How to Remove Labels Off of Bottles

November 18, 2014


Between artisan olive oil, liquor and sparkling water, there are a lot of gorgeous bottles out there.  After a fun summer filled with lots of delicious meals, I have been left with a lot of empty bottles that I almost feel guilty throwing away.  Lucky for me, I came across a few restaurants that serve water out of recycled Bulleit bottles and Hangar One bottles, and figured what better way to repurpose my own!?


The only thing that keeps from DIYing is the time and effort that goes into these projects.  Luckily this one requires very few of either and there are countless uses for these bottles afterwards!  Here a few easy steps to sparkling new bottles:

  1. Rinse out existing bottles
  2. Fill sink with VERY hot water.
  3. Add 1/2 cup baking powder, 1 tablespoon dish washing liquid and 2 cups vinegar to the hot water.
  4. Swirl around to combine and add bottles.
  5. Let soak for an hour or so, or until labels are able to be removed relatively easily.
  6. Remove labels (you may need to use a butter knife for those that don’t peel off in one piece).
  7. Use rubbing alcohol or Go-Be-Gone to get rid of any remaining residue.
  8. Dry and store for later use.











Note: I did this with 4 different bottles and each label was different.  The Hangar bottle removed in one piece with no residue left behind (definitely the easiest), while an olive oil bottle not only required a butter knife to remove the label, but the residue was SO sticky I had to allow the bottle to soak in the alcohol a bit (and use a LOT of elbow grease).


Here are a some fun projects you can use with these re-purposed bottles: hanging flower arrangements, water bottle, or vases… just to name a few!