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How To: Remove Labels part 1 (plastic labels)

Easily DIY remove paper labels from bottles

We’ve all been there: You get a product or you want to create a DIY project and there’s some label or sticker adhered to it so well, you never get the residue off. Then the thing turns into an eyesore, embarrassment and reminder of your failure to just remove a sticker.

Turns out, removing these things can actually be pretty easy if you have the right tools. For this example, I’m working on making my kitchen sink area prettier by removing the aging, ugly labels on my dish soap bottles.

Here’s where we start: A lovely kitchen sink area, clean and organized. But there’s something annoyingly wrong here.

Remove labels from bottles to be upcycled

A lovely, organized space in the kitchen.


Those labels are glaring back! They’re taunting me!

Remove labels from bottles easy DIY

Eew! Ugly labels!

So, first things first: assemble your tools. You will need
paper towels, Goof Off and a covered work space. I also recommend that you do this in a well ventilated area as the Goof Off can be pretty stinky when you spray it (think: stove cleaner).

Gather tools and products for removing sticky labels

Most of the stickers on these bottles were plastic with adhesive. First, peel the plastic label off the bottle gently.

Easily remove plastic label from bottle

Pull gently on the plastic label to remove.

Once the label is pulled off, you’ll be left with a nasty adhesive residue.

Easily remove sticky adhesive residue from bottles

Eew! Ugly adhesive residue.

Now saturate this area with the Goof Off and let it sit a minute or two.

Let Goof Off work it's adhesive removing magic

Let the Goof Off sit for a minute or two.

Now wipe off with a paper towel. I recommend the kind that has a lot of texture.

Easily wipe away sticky adhesive

Wipe away the adhesive.

Now, you’re bottle should be clean and beautiful. Be sure to check out part 2 for removing paper labels!

Easily removed label from bottle

Label removed!

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2 thoughts on “How To: Remove Labels part 1 (plastic labels)

  1. Leilani says:

    There is an easier way Just get some generic baby wipes and wipe away, also works great on removing price stickers from items you want to give as gifts

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks Leilani! I’ll have to try that!

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