On my Easter Spring tablescape, I showed you some bottles that we picked up at the recycling center to use for candle holders. As I was taking the labels off, it dawned on me that what I was doing to get the sticky residue off is a “Simple Cleverness” that deserved its own post! Well, actually it dawned on me after I finished those two exact bottles, so I’m showing you with another bottle I worked on just for this post.
Here’s the bottle after I soaked it in water to remove the sticker, however only the paper part of the label came off. You can see it’s still really wet, but that sticky part is not budging. So out comes a little trick my mom showed me…
Cooking oil! Depending on how ‘sticky’ the sticker is, it may take a couple minutes extra of the oil sitting on the sticker to complete the removal.
Typically, though, I just pour some oil on a folded paper towel and rub it on the sticker. Within a couple minutes and a little bit of elbow grease, the residue comes completely off.
This sticker was super tough, so I had to soak it a couple extra minutes to ‘soften’ the sticker, then using the paper towel as the abrasive to rub off the sticker worked great.
Once the sticky stuff was off, I just washed it with plenty of soap to remove the oil and the bottle’s good to go, all ready to be ‘repurposed’.
Here’s the close up…sticker completely off!
I always feel so much better about using cooking oil instead of some chemical for this task. I’m not sure if this was just something my mom figured out, (very likely!) or read it somewhere, but I have sure used this simple, but clever approach several times, and think of her every time!
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