Very often, when you want to recycle glass or crystal jars, you have to remove the unsightly stickers. It’s frustrating, yes, but it’s not the end of the world.
There are several effective ways to remove stickers and their ugly glue residue from our jars and today I’m going to share them with you.
What are you removing the sticker from?
First, the type of object you are removing a sticker from will determine the methods that can be used to remove it.
Whether you’re trying to remove a sticker from a new item, a piece of jewelry found in a dusty old thrift store, or a family heirloom that’s been in storage for years, you’ll want to treat it with the utmost care and avoid scratching or damaging the glass. If so, read on, as the methods we will list below are perfectly suited for the job.
However, if you’re just cleaning out a bunch of mason jars for bottling your tomato sauce or storing your dried fruit, you probably won’t mind too much if the glass doesn’t fit snugly.
In fact, a few minor scratches can even make it look more rustic. In that case, feel free to use all those more abrasive decal removal options, like razor blades, baking soda, erasers, scouring pads, and baking soda mixed with oil. All of these methods are very effective in removing stickers, but they could leave scratches on the glass.
Ways to remove stickers from glass or glass.
Here are the best ways we’ve found to remove stickers and their adhesive residue from your glassware. All will serve to remove unsightly glue residue from the glass without leaving any signs that you’ve worked on it or that the sticker has ever been there.
Keep in mind, however, that removing glass stickers is a game of patience, so be prepared to spend some time on it if you want a good result.
Soap and water.
This is the simplest solution, and probably the most obvious. Simply immerse the item in warm soapy water for 10-20 minutes, and the heat from the water and the chemicals in the soap will break down the glue.
Once soaked, remove the sticker with your fingers or a plastic scraper (an old credit card works well too) and wipe the glass to remove any last residue.
Be sure to use hot, but not boiling water, as boiling water could break the glass. If the surface is too large to submerge, soak a sponge or large cloth in soapy water and place it over the sticker for 10-20 minutes.
If it’s an electronic item and it’s impossible to submerge or get it wet without getting water on the electronics, try one of the following methods to remove the sticker.
If hot, soapy water didn’t quite work, or if you’re trying to clean a sticker off an electronic item, this method may work better for you.
The easiest way to apply hot air to a glass object is to use a hair dryer.
Turn the hair dryer on to the high position and hold it a few inches from the sticker for about 30 seconds, or until the glass is hot.
Do not waste time after switching off the dryer: the glass will cool quickly and you will have to remove the sticker while it is hot. It is best to remove the sticker or glue residue with a plastic scraper, so as not to burn your fingers.
When using this method, be careful how you hold the glassware so you don’t burn your fingers with the hair dryer.
They say freezing works almost as well as heating, so you could try putting the item in the freezer overnight or in an ice water bath.
If you have a steam cleaner or clothes steamer, you can try using a combination of hot air and hot water. Simply apply hot steam to the sticker for a few minutes, being careful not to burn yourself, and when the sticker is hot enough, use a plastic scraper or soft cloth to scrape it off.
Any product with a high alcohol content, like nail polish remover or even vodka, should be able to dissolve your pesky sticker’s adhesive and remove it in no time.
Simply dip a sponge or cloth in the alcohol, apply it to the sticker or glue residue, leave it on for a few minutes, then wipe it off. A plastic scraper may be needed for the last bit of hard glue.
White vinegar is also a good solvent and can be used in the same way as rubbing alcohol.