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The BEST way to get labels off wine bottles: utility knife, WD-40 and steel wool (video)

 
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One of the many things I love about homebrewing is reusing glass bottles that would otherwise be landfilled (or, least-worst-case, recycled with a great expenditure of energy).

Wine bottles are easy to come by, but cleaning them is a chore. I've tried lots of ways to remove the labels, and settled on this method: utility knife, WD-40 and steel wool, soap and water. Works fast, and works on every bottle, regardless what type paper or what type glue. It's a winner.

I made a video to demonstrate. Enjoy!

 
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Well your spouse must really love you to let you spray WD40 in the kitchen.

Your method can't be denied, it sure is quick.

I would venture a guess that sticking the bottle in a bucket with water would loosen the label with time, it works to loosen a bunch of grunge.
As for adhesives left behind afterwards, maybe rubbing alcohol and your steel wool. *Note: Do not use steel wool to clean a filthy microwave,
my wife did that and then put a cup of water in to try it out, BIG ol' fireball. Who knew steel wool leaves a residue?

http://tinyurl.com/wine-label-removing

I bet some of those labels would look neat in a picture frame.
 
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Great video...

I use the same principles to remove labels but without the icky WD40.

First I soak the paper part off the label in my dish water, taking it off easily with a butter knife.
Next I put a few of drops of olive oil or whatever I have on the counter to cook with on a non-stick scratch pad and scrub. That removes the gummy residue.
And lastly I wash with soap to take off any left behind oil.

Truth is I'd cut myself good using a utility knife on glass, the only question is how many seconds before bloodshed.... You've mastered that skill very well
 
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Orange oil as found in products like " Goof Off" really tears up the glue and leaves the bottle pretty clean. It's pretty easy to work with and smells much nicer than other solvents made for such tasks. I soak the bottle in warm soapy water over night to get the paper off and then dab on the orange oil once the bottle is dry. Let it sit for a half hour and then wipe the glue and oil off. Soap and water to rinse and you're good to go.

 
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i've had really good luck with hot water and oxy clean and let them sit overnight, some of the labels are floating in the morning, some need a bit of scrubbing, i'm sure it depends on the type of glue that was used
 
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I take glue off bottles all the time for my art. I do not like WD40, I know it works but I hate the stuff because of the smell; it makes my sinuses burn.

I wash the bottles first in hot water to get the paper off, then I rub the glue residue with an olive oil baking soda paste. Thus far it has worked great.


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