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Old 12-21-2008, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default Removing old Bottle labels

Im a rather cheap lad and don't buy empty bottles from my brew supplier. Mostly on principle, 11.95 for 24 empty bottles!!!???? So I raid my bar owning buddy's trash on magic hat bottle night. It is a pain in the ass to remove the labels and the adhesive. Any tips?

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Old 12-21-2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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Put them in a bucket of oxyclean for a day and they come right off.

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Old 12-21-2008, 12:57 AM   #3
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I soak them in warm water then use a stainless steel scrubby to remove glue and labels works great!!!

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Old 12-21-2008, 01:09 AM   #4
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I soak them in warm water then use a stainless steel scrubby to remove glue and labels works great!!!
Add oxyclean to that and no need at all for the scrubbing. Labels float off entirely.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:27 AM   #5
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+1 on Oxyclean. Best stuff in the world. Some labels may require a little scrubbing, but most will just peel right off with no trouble...and it will get the gunk out if you didn't rinse them out well!

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Old 12-21-2008, 01:51 AM   #6
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+1 on Oxyclean, but you may have to scrub. Will also take painted lables off.

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Old 12-21-2008, 02:15 AM   #7
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I recently used oxyclean for the first time... worked like a charm.. left in for day/two and didn't require any scrubbing.

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just make sure that the oxiclean has no dies or scents and it works great

i can do 2 cases of bottles at a time in the sink in my basement

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Old 12-21-2008, 03:05 AM   #9
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I just run over the label with a razor blade knife, and remove most of the paper. I then use a green scotchbrite pad to remove the rest including the glue.

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I just run over the label with a razor blade knife, and remove most of the paper. I then use a green scotchbrite pad to remove the rest including the glue.
Thats way too much work
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