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Old 06-29-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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Someone told me that you can easily remove labels by soaking the bottles in a bucket of water with a few ounces of ammonia.

Anyone ever tried this or had any luck?


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Old 06-29-2009, 06:34 PM   #2
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no experience myself. Safer version: OxiClean.


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Most of us on here soak our labels off with oxyclean and hot water.

I fill a rubbermade tub and leave the bottles for a week (overnight is usually enough) and rinse thoroughly.
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I've done it with ammonia, works real well
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:09 PM   #5
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I've done it with ammonia, works real well
What kind of ratio do you use? I've heard a 2 oz to 5 gallons.
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star san works great for removing labels. the acidity melts the glue pretty nicely.

bleach solution also works awesome. if you sanitize with bleach make sure you rinse the HELL outta the ammonia covered bottles first. bleach + ammonia = toxic chlorine gas fumes.
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I started using ammonia to delabel bottles. Then I tried Oxyclean and never looked back.
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is ammonia safe to wash bottles in?
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I've soaked in bleach water for a few hours to sanitize/try to get labels off, the ones that were easy to get off came off no problem. The ones that were glued on pretty well did NOT. I'll try amonia or star san... I don't have oxiclean.
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I use 1 cup to 4 gallons water. Let soak over night and peel lables scrub with scrub pad and rinse with hot water. Some lables a lot easier than others. Sam Adams and bud ale real easy.


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