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Old 06-19-2010, 03:48 AM   #1
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Default Bottle Question: I've been saving bottles, find it hard to remove lables

Some beers are easier to remove than others. I soak my bottles in warm soapy water some slide off some I have to scrape off. Has anyone found an easy way to remove lables?

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Old 06-19-2010, 03:54 AM   #2
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Mix up Oxyclean and warm water. Let them sit.

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Old 06-19-2010, 03:55 AM   #3
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Oxyclean Free. Soak your bottles in water and Qxyclean for a couple of hours and the labels will float off.

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:01 AM   #4
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I knew you guys would have the answer!

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:04 AM   #5
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24 hours of soaking minimum for me. still have to use a green scrubby on the glue.

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:06 AM   #6
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Don't be surprised if it doesn't work on all the labels. Some brands of beer, the labels float right off. Other brands, the labels laugh at your oxyclean and make you pick and scrub them off even after 24 hours of soaking.

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:15 AM   #7
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I use a strong bleach solution (25%) and it lifts most non-metallic labels off by itself after an O/N soak. Any glue residue can be wiped away with the soft side of a sponge with a single pass.

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:16 AM   #8
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I filled my kitchen sink up with water/bleach, fill the bottles with the mixture that have labels on, soak them for 24 hours and maybe use a plastic knife to scrape off the harder ones. You never know what people put in the bottles, and the bleach takes care of that.

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:26 AM   #9
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For any residue that remains I use a flat painter's razor to scrape it off - a couple of bucks at home depot.

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Old 06-19-2010, 04:29 AM   #10
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I find that when I leave the bottles in Oxy they tend to get a white film on them. I usually only soak for half an hour. That usually takes the labels off. I like the stubby Sierra Nevada bottles.

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