How to remove labels?

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rushpapers

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Large breweries tend to use labels that are printed on an offset printer; cut, stacked and then applied by machine with glue.

The glue is water based and those labels will come off with plain water and a long soak. If you've ever been to a BBQ, it happens in a cooler full of icy water by the end of the party.

Small breweries tend to use labels that are stickers and are printed short run digitally On-demand. They hold like like a steel weld.

The sicker is a product of 3M engineering and holds like a steel weld. I don't even bother taking them off. I recycle those bottles..

However, if you are so inclined to try, the best method I've found is to use a razor scraper. Then use a scour pad, and hot soapy water.
 

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Orange solvent helps for that last nighmare residue left by the self adhesive labels, I spray it on then rub with a scotch pad. Pad then has enough residue to be used on next bottle.
But overall I'd suggest recycle those ones and spend the time looking for other bottles.
 

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Some craft brews have labels that are glued on with something that is insoluble in water. The paper labels come off it soaking but the adhesive is all there still. I spray the adhesive with Pam or any oil and after an hour the glue comes right off! WD 40 works as well, but what's in that ****? Nothing I want in or on my bottles. Peanut butter works well too!
 
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