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Old 12-01-2007, 05:03 PM   #1
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Okay, I didn't see this in the "you know you're not a nOOb" section so here it goes:

What is the best way to get commercial bottle labels off of bottles?

Phew. I feel, ... peaceful.

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Old 12-01-2007, 05:11 PM   #2
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Soak them in hot water and oxyclean. I use 1 -2 scoops in5 gallons of water and they usually just fall off. Sometimes I have to wipe them of with a scrubby, but its' no big deal.

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Old 12-01-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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I soak 'em in 5 gallons of hot water w/2.5oz (5 tablespoons) of PBW. I have a restaurant bus tub that holds 35-40 bottles at a time or a larger Rubbermaid container that'll hold more. The labels start to loosen up in about half an hour but I usually let them soak overnight. Any residual adhesive comes off with a gentle rub. rinse with warm water and let dry in the dishwasher rack.

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Old 12-01-2007, 05:25 PM   #4
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Oxyclean is the best. Use a scoop or so in a few gallons, let them sit there for a few hours, and the labels fall off in one piece! then take a cloth or sponge to wipe off the glue. Too easy.
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:55 PM   #5
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Another oxyclean user here! I usually just toss all the bottles that need labels removed in the sink the night before, let them soak, and they're good to go when I bottle the next day.
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:56 PM   #6
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Hot water + TSP + overnight soak = a layer of floating labels in the morning

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Old 12-02-2007, 12:52 AM   #7
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I fill up the sink with cold water and a bit of bleach, put the bottles in there, soak over night, scrap the labels off in the am, and clean the sink and make the wife happy at the same time!

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Old 12-02-2007, 12:54 AM   #8
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I did a case of bottles in the kitchen sink last week with hot tap water and ammonia, they fell right off

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Old 12-02-2007, 01:01 AM   #9
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+1 for oxyclean!

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Old 12-02-2007, 06:15 AM   #10
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Soak in hot PBW overnight and there is nothing to scrub off at all. (the PBW starts off hot).

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