How to Remove Labels From Bottles

Trying to remove labels from bottles is a trick one needs to learn. If you take it off wrongly it could leave sticky residue where the label was peeled off. With how many people a vying for more eco-friendly friendly habits, bottles are one of many recyclables. Bottles can be used as decorative pieces, could be used as planters, and like how it’s commonly used the bottles can be used to store herbs and spices, pickles, and even your favorite sauces. 

Wine connoisseurs and home brewers also value the use of bottles and understand the importance of having those labels removed. One way or another we may have tried one of the listed technic or two to remove a label from a bottle like peeling with your fingers, using a butter knife to scrape it off, using hot water, etc. These methods may have helped, but let’s discuss more meticulous ways to take off the labels from bottles with less stress. 


Using hairdryers is one of the easiest ways to remove a label from your bottles. Run the hairdryer in high heat across the label for five minutes. Next use a razor blade to peel off the label, easy peasy. 

Soak in soapy water 

Firstly, add a drop of soap to a bucket filled with water. Once that’s done, fill the bottles with water before putting them in the bucket of soapy water. Leave overnight, and hopefully by the next day the label must have soaked in enough water that would make it easy to come off. 

It is important to note that some labels can be resistant to this method and may still leave some sticky residues behind. So you can finish off this process by scratching with your fingers or using a steel wood pad to scrub it off.

The chill-steam method

For this method place your bottles in a freezer for 30 minutes. Next, take the bottle out from the freezer and place it in a humid, steamy room for another 30 minutes so the label could sweat off.

The baking soda process

In 7 liters of water, put in 16 tablespoons of baking soda. Next put in three bottles and leave to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you’d see the labels of the bottles afloat. This is one of the most effective and quickest methods to take off the label from bottles without any stress.

The Steaming method

To perform the steam method boil water in a pot. Next, hold the bottle over the pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. The stream from the boiling water softens the label as it affects the glue. With your finger, carefully peel off the label. The trick to this method is the longer the steaming the cleaner the peel.

Overall, there’s no one perfect way to take off the label from a bottle. The steps above are some of the various ways to remove the label without cracking or leaving rough sticky residues on the bottle.