Removing label glue (Country Kitchen)greenspun.com : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread
Hi, Just thought I'd leave a tip as so many of you have helped me with various tips.
To remove that nagging label glue from a glass jar, spray the spot with WD-40 then take a paper towel or dry cloth and rub off the glue. DON'T use this on plastic as it just smudges the glue all over the place. I save a lot of jars for storage purposes and after soaking the main part of the label off, there is always that residue of glue that even steel wool has a hard time removing. It will work on metal also.
Hope this helps anyone who wants to try it.
-- Mary in East TN (email@example.com), April 21, 2001
I've found that Zippo lighter fluid works better for me than WD-40. I still have some from when I used it to shine my shoes (hot wax shines great). I like it better because it dries up very quickly and isn't as messy.
-- Chris Stogdill (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 21, 2001.
Thanks guys! That was a problem I've been looking for a solution for! Lets keep those handy tips a comin!....Kirk
-- Kirk Davis (email@example.com), April 21, 2001.
Vegetable oil works well also.
-- Dee (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 21, 2001.
We use peanut butter, no kidding. Just rub it on with your finger. And you can use it on glass or plastic and since you eat peanut butter anyways there's no problem with chemicals of WD-40.
-- David in NH (email@example.com), April 22, 2001.
We use the hairdyer and heat up the label and then it just peels right off! I have used the peanut butter method and it works well , too.
-- Debbie T in N.C. (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 22, 2001.
I use Citra-Solv (which I have on hand for cleaning anyway). I like it better than WD-40, because it seems to be easier to get rid of any residue. Especially on items to be used for food. Maybe because I can rinse most of it off with water, sometimes a little soap is needed.
-- Joy F (So.Central Wisconsin) (CatFlunky@excite.com), April 22, 2001.
I use a solvent called Shellite, also known as white spirit. It's a petroleum-based solvent, lighter and more volatile than the kerosene that goes into WD-40 but less volatile than lighter fluid. Fairly close to petrol/gasoline, but clear, clean, and without all the additives. Useful stuff to have around anyway, as it can do a fair job of at-home drycleanig or stain-removal. This stuff is magic on any adhesive. It also works on the newer chewing gums and bubble gums that use an artificial gum base; and I haven't found anything else that works properly there. Just work it into the gum (presumably on the seat of your pants, as the little darlings who leave this stuff around seem to think it's amusing to booby-trap benches and seats this way). It will form a creamy emulsion, which you can then wash away. You may need to repeat the process, as there tends to be an oily residue left the first time.
-- Don Armstrong (email@example.com), April 23, 2001.
I agree , vegtable oil has always worked well for me. Peanut butter sounds fun, at least you could lick your fingers :o)
-- Kelle in MT. (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 23, 2001.
And on a different note, Go-Jo does a wonderful job of removing pine tar/sap from your car. Won't destroy the paint.
-- j (email@example.com), April 23, 2001.
I love all this free advice! We use "Goo-Gone" and it works on labels as well as crayon marks on things like tile and cabinets!
-- Sonya (MS) (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 24, 2001.