5 ways to remove stickers from glass jars

Removing the stickers from glass jars is the first step in making long term use of the glass jars.

When you shop for your house, you will certainly buy many products that come in glass jars.

These cans are perfect candidates for recycling.

With the recycled glass jars you can do many things: Pencil holder, store screws and nails, store cookies, preserves, glasses, decoration, place a candle, the uses are many.

But in order to use them we must give them a minimum treatment so that they look like new.

At Monouso.es we publish several entries about the steps to recycle your glass jars.

Removing labels from the glass

We will give you five foolproof methods to know how to remove stickers from glass jars.

Label removal is ideal for preventing the growth of fungi and bacteria that could develop on labels.

Method 1. Remove the stickers with boiled water

Tetera con agua hirviendo

The first step is the most basic and simple of all. Besides helping you to remove the sticker, it will sterilize the glass and leave it ready for a next use.

In a deep pot, bring water to a boil. Remember to add the amount of water needed to cover the glass jars.

When it starts boiling, start inserting each of the glass jars.

Lower the flame a little, to calm the bubbling of the water, but keep it boiling.

Leave the glass jars for about 30 minutes.

After this, with the help of tweezers and kitchen gloves, take out the jars and let them cool on a kitchen cloth.

This process will often be sufficient to remove any stickers and traces of glue.

However, in some cases this is not the case. Let’s take a look at some complementary methods that will help you to remove traces of glue and stickers from glass jars.

Method 2. White vinegar

Vinagre blanco

What do you need?

  • Deep Container
  • White vinegar
  • Dishwasher
  • Water

Add hot water to the container. You must completely cover the glass jars you wish to clean.

We incorporated a few drops of dishwasher. We remove with the help of a cutlery to avoid burns.

Add a good splash of vinegar. The acid of the vinegar will help to remove the glue.

We introduce the glass jars without a lid so that they sink.

After 30 minutes, we take the cans out of the water. If necessary, we scrub with a rough sponge.

Rinse the jar thoroughly and it will be ready for use.

Method 3. Baking soda

Bicarbonato de sodio

What do you need?

  • Deep container
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Water

We fill the container with hot water.

We poured ½ cup of baking soda. With the help of a cutlery, stir the water to help the bicarbonate dissolve.

We put the glass jars uncovered to keep them at the bottom.

After 30 minutes, the glue must have given way. With the help of a rough sponge, we can carve the jar to help remove any glue stuck to the glass.

Once the process is complete, completely rinse the glass jar before using it again.

Method 4. Oil and baking soda to remove the stickers

Aceite y bicarbonato de sodio

What do you need?

  • Oil
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Roughened sponge

With our hands, we remove the label from the dry-cleaner.

In a small bowl, mix the oil in equal parts with the baking soda. Measure with a spoon.

You can use any cooking oil.

Rub the resulting paste onto the glue and the label pieces left on the surface of the glass jar.

After 10 to 30 minutes, the oil will have done its job of impregnating each trace of label or glue.

With the rough sponge, rub the jar to help remove everything.

Method 5. Nail polish remover to remove stickers from glass jars


What do you need?

  • Nail polish remover or acetone
  • Cloth, paper towel or sponge

Place the glass jar in soapy water, preferably hot, for 10 minutes.

After taking out the jar, we remove the sticker with our hands.

Take a piece of paper, a cloth to dry dishes or a rough sponge, put acetone on the sticker and after a few minutes, rub the jar.

Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary until all the glue is removed.


These methods could be used to remove the stickers on other materials.

In the case of plastic, do not use nail polish remover, it can damage the surface of the container or jar.

Finally, we leave you a video with the graphic explanation on how to remove the stickers from the glass jars with steam.

At Monouso we have glass jars without stickers, you can buy them through our online store here.

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