Got glue residue? Remove it easily.
As I begin my effort to organize our household this year, I am really starting to understand the importance of storage containers. Bins, baskets, boxes, and jars are so useful for storing things, yet are so expensive! So, I am now looking at everyday packaging items in my home and beginning to brainstorm ways to upcycle them. One of my favorite things I started upcycling are empty glass jars and spice containers because they make for amazing storage containers and they are free!
The only dilemma I ran into was how to remove the labels and sticky glue from these items. Sometimes all it takes is a soak in some soapy water, but there are stubborn labels out there with some really sticky glue that require a little more effort.
I had read that mixing baking soda and oil together would create a paste to help breakdown that sticky glue residue, so I decided to experiment with this.
How to Easily Get Rid of Residue
First, I found the best formula was to take 3 parts oil to every one part baking soda. I didn’t measure, but probably 3
tablespoons of oil per tablespoon of baking soda would give you more than enough for a jar or two. Then I mixed them together to make a paste. I tired both extra virgin olive oil and vegetable oil on separate occasions and found that vegetable oil worked much better in removing the labels. Then I rubbed the paste all over the remaining label and glue residue. Be generous with the paste and cover it thoroughly. It should be more runny than thick. Warning, it’s messy! Placing it in a bowl will help catch the runny paste. I let it sit for 10 minutes and then wiped it off with a damp cloth.
The glue residue from the glass jars usually rub right off with a damp cloth, but I have found the spice labels stuck to plastic require a tougher scrubbing with a cloth or scouring pad to remove all residue. Rinse with soap and water and you are left with some great storage containers ready to be filled.
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