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Old 01-17-2007, 06:36 PM   #1
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Knowing that I'd need a boatload of bottles for my brew, I stocked up on Amstel Light. Little did I realize what a pain removing those lables would be.

I've managed to take the labels off, but the industrial freakin' strength glue they were applied with won't wash off.

Is there some kind of solvent I can use to remove the glue residue?

BTW, I've since started saving Sammy bottles. Much, MUCH easier to clean the labels and glue off of those!

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:38 PM   #2
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Fill up a sink with warm water tonight, drop in one scoop of OxyClean...the labels will be floating on the surface by the next morning....I was sceptical of this until I tried it myself...it's amazing!
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:39 PM   #3
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I've only had to clean bottles once and I followed someones advise from this board. Soak them in Oxyclean overnight. Most of the labels FALL off. If there is any glue left, a tiny bit of scrubbing removes it right away.
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:40 PM   #4
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Fill up a sink with warm water tonight, drop in one scoop of OxyClean...the labels will be floating on the surface by the next morning....I was sceptical of this until I tried it myself...it's amazing!
This is true. Good old fashioned washing soda (in the laundry detergent aisle of the supermarket) also works and is more economical.

Either one leaves a filmy residue, so be sure to rinse very well.
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:44 PM   #5
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Awesome! I thought OxyClean would work, but I was worried about the film it leaves behind. I'll be sure to rinse and rinse again.

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Old 01-17-2007, 07:28 PM   #6

Also, I've found that really tough, sticky residue comes off with Goo Gone. Soak just the sticky area, let it set for a minute, wipe, then rinse well to get rid of the citrus smell.

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:36 PM   #7
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How could I have forgotten Goo Gone?

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:22 PM   #8
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Goof-off works reasonably well for stubborn sticker residue, if you don't mind the brain-cell-killing fumes that seem to linger in your house for days...

Seriously, I'd never heard of the oxyclean idea. I soak them in bleachwater, but certain labels like Bells and Brooklyn are evil bastard labels and need a razor and lots of scrubbing. I gotta try the oxyclean idea!
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:24 PM   #9
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something that works well for removing gummy glue and you may have around the house is WD40

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:29 PM   #10
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Seriously, I'd never heard of the oxyclean idea. I soak them in bleachwater, but certain labels like Bells and Brooklyn are evil bastard labels and need a razor and lots of scrubbing. I gotta try the oxyclean idea!
The worst labels I've removed have been a joy with oxyclean. Overnight will have them fall off by themselves, but an hour or so, and they'll slide right off manually.
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