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Old 10-25-2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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what is the best way to remove labels. Some come off easy with hot water and bleach, but some labels just don't want to come off! Majic Hat is one of my nemisi. I hate having my homebrew in prelabel bottles. any suggestions?

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Old 10-25-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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Personally I have had excellent luck with Oxyclean. I use the Oxyclean without bleach. It has the green lid. I use that for nearly all cleaning as well. Wallmart for under 7.00 gets labels off and bottles clean. Just soak the bottles in a tub of water and oxyclean come back an hour later, and labels literally fload off the bottle....

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Old 10-25-2008, 04:15 PM   #3
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I soak the bottles in hot water & sanitizer for a few minutes then I use a spackling knife to easily scrape the labels off. Starsan seems to do a good job eating away at the glue because there isn't much residue left.

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Old 10-25-2008, 05:04 PM   #4
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I've used both techniques with equal success.

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Old 10-25-2008, 07:41 PM   #5
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+1 for oxyclean

get a large tote or tub fill it with warm water/oxyclean and sink a case of bottle. The labels just float off. Be careful when you pick the bottles up they'll be slippery, give them a good rinse and your good.

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Old 10-25-2008, 08:01 PM   #6
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oxi clean and steel wool, cant go wrong

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Old 10-25-2008, 08:26 PM   #7
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Dunk 'em in hot soapy water. Peel off labels with fingers when soft. Then, take steel wool and scrub up and down the bottles, not around. Works like a charm.

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Old 10-25-2008, 09:24 PM   #8
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maybe stop drinking that magic hat stuff? ha.
seriously though, a soak in a water and ammonia mixture works wonders.

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what is the best way to remove labels. Some come off easy with hot water and bleach, but some labels just don't want to come off! Majic Hat is one of my nemisi. I hate having my homebrew in prelabel bottles. any suggestions?
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:41 AM   #9
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Hmm... I've never tried the Oxyclean method. Like wrangler, I use an ammonia mixture and let em soak, usually overnight. Labels float off, then you just need to lightly scrub off the remaining glue. Might try the Oxyclean since it's not a nasty chemical (or so they say)!

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:56 AM   #10
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The plasticy labels are harder than the paper ones, even with oxyclean. I usually have to soak those for a couple hours, peel the plastic layer of the label off and then soak some more to get the paper and glue backing off.

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