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mjs483 02-11-2008 11:55 PM

Removing labels from commercial bottles
Anyone have any neat tricks to make removing the labels off of commercial bottles easy? I tried soaking them in water over night but in the morning the labels hadn't budged! :confused:

RegionalChaos 02-11-2008 11:56 PM

I soaked some in water with Oxi Clean in it. Which is just washing soda I think. The labels started floating off within 30 minutes or so. All the labels came off easy. Some times a little glue would be left behind, but could be removed with just a wash rag.

9/9 02-12-2008 12:09 AM

Yeah, the oxiclean suggestion is a popular one. It worked well for well, though there is one local brewery (Big Boss) that must do something different with their labels, since nothing can get them off.

doubleb 02-12-2008 12:11 AM

I use ammonia/water solution and soak bottles overnight.

A neat trick I picked up here at HBT (mostly) is to do one bottle at a time. Take a 2 liter soda bottle (or use a Utz Pub Mix bottle from costco, which is nice cause you can screw the top on while the bottle is soaking.) and fill it with the ammonia solution just to where you need it to be filled. Fill the bottle that needs soaking with plain water and drop it in.

Its less tedious to do it one at a time.

5 Is Not Enough 02-12-2008 12:37 AM

Hot water w/ oxiclean, 2 hours. Peel the labels and drop the bottles back in for 1 hour. Rinse.

Unless the labels are plastic, then I slowly add hot water until they start to come loose, then peel and add oxiclean.

clemson55 02-12-2008 01:41 AM

I just soak mine in water overnight sometimes longer they always end up peeling right off though.

tagz 02-12-2008 02:13 AM

+1 for ammonia and water. let it sit overnight and most of them slide right off. sierra nevada labels tend to be a pain, but most others come off with no residue.

RichBrewer 02-12-2008 03:32 AM

Try this:
I use this to remove labels one at a time as I empty the bottles. Works great and doesn't use much solution.

WAID 02-12-2008 06:04 AM

Almost all of the bottles I've taken the labels off of so far have come off with a couple minutes of soaking in hot tap water. The glue left behind scrubs off easily with a sponge. I did a batch this weekend with some Pike brewing company bottles and they came off the fastest with absolutely no glue residue.

doubleb 02-12-2008 11:20 AM


Originally Posted by RichBrewer
Try this:
I use this to remove labels one at a time as I empty the bottles. Works great and doesn't use much solution.

Thats the post I read a while back. Thanks Richbrewer.:mug:

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