Easy Way to Get Labels Off
Trying to remove clamshell packaging can cause rage attacks, and so can trying to get price labels off of housewares. Who hasn’t had trouble removing labels from new glasses, plates, or plastic containers? Getting labels off of plastic is especially hard because the glue needed to stick onto plastic is especially strong.
All the commercial label removers that I have seen are made with solvents that are petroleum-based and very neurotoxic, so making do with simple, natural solutions is well advised.
How to remove labels on plastic:
1. Dab some olive oil (or whatever cooking oil you have handy) onto your finger and rub into the label, saturating it.
2. Set overnight.
3. Peel the label off. If it doesn’t come off easily, saturate with oil again and let set for another half day.
4. Keep repeating the process until all the glue is gone.
5. Wash in hot soapy water.
Note the repetition required for some labels! Still worth the process so that you don’t pollute your home with neurotoxic solvent-based label removers.
For getting labels off of glass, soak the item in hot soapy water for a few hours and see if the label peels off. If not, use the oil technique, above.
–By Annie B. Bond, bestselling author of five green living books, including Home Enlightenment.