If you’ve saved an old jar to reuse you will know that while it is usually easy to pull off the label, removing the sticky glue left on the bottle is not always so easy; until now!

What you’ll need:

  • Old jars
  • Cooking oil
  • Baking soda


  1. Add 2 teaspoons each of cooking oil and baking soda to a bowl and mix to make a paste.
  2. Rip off the label, if tricky wet the label to help.
  3. Spread paste out on the sticky glue left on the jar and leave for 10-15 minutes
  4. Wipe off paste to remove the glue.
  5. Wash jar and reuse.

Watch the video for easy to follow visual instructions:

I can’t believe how easy it is! I’ve tried so many ways before this but this is by far the best and the quickest.

PLEASE share your comments with us below

Image and video credit: YouTube


  • I know it’s satisfying to make your own products but I’ve used OOMPH for many years. A 500 ml spray bottle from Bunnings costs less than $10.00 and it lasts forever. Some supermarkets also sell it. I used to be able to buy it in my local Woolworths. Smells like oranges, no scrubbing and does the job for any sticky residue.


  • I use to remove glue by soaking it overnight and then the night Morning give it a wash. But this one is easy . Will try.


  • Great to know you can use these staple products from the pantry to remove labels from jars. Usually, I use tea tree oil, but if not handy, the others are always there.


  • Thanks for this – saved me some swear words and time!


  • Sometimes I have success with Dettol Liquid.
    Sometimes If the soak the jar or other container in hot water then rub the glue with a kitchen mitt you might use in manual dishwashing it may come off completely.


  • Be doing this tomorrow – thanks for sharing.


  • I’ve always used eucalyptus oil.


  • What a handy way to remove the glue left from the labels on jars


  • What a nifty idea, thank you.


  • Thanks for sharing. These are so hard to get off. I’ve tried the dishwasher, boiling water, etc. I’ll definitely be trying this.


  • Where were you 20 years ago…..


  • I use good old Eucalyptus oil and a cotton ball, comes off in a breeze, no scrubbing or harsh chemicals. Like the baking soda idea to but i think a bit more elbow grease would be needed.


  • I just soak the jar and the paper comes off then I get a small ball of cotton wool and a dab of Eucalyptus Oil on it and rub over the glue area and it comes off every time. Then wash in soapy water or the dishwasher.


  • Wow, one to try for sure. Some labels are terrible to remove. Thanks for sharing this tip.


  • Ooh, I’m definitely going to try this one, thanks.


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