Until now. Because there is a dead easy, no chemicals involved, method to remove even the most sticky of sticky glue.
I had tried soaking jars in oil and that does work. But unless you actually completely submerge the jar in oil, the oil will just run off. And you really don't want to waste all that oil. I figured there must be a way to make the oil stay on. And one day I had a tub of bicarbonate of soda sitting next to each other and I thought, this might work! A quick search and it turned out that other people have had luck with that, so I gave it a go.
It totally works. Label removing is no longer a pain!
Bicarbonate of soda
How much you will need of oil and bicarb depends on how many jars you are going to clean, but you can always mix more if you run out.
Mix the oil and bicarb together. The consistency should be fairly thick, but still viscous. Somewhere between Nutella and ketchup. :-)
Then apply the mix to anywhere you see glue on the jar. If the mix runs straight down the jar, it is too runny and you'll need to add more bicarb.
Leave on a plate over night - or even for a couple of days. The longer you leave it, the easier it will be to remove the glue.
Some of the mix will eventually run down the jar. Which is why you want to leave them on a plate. You don't want this greasy stuff all over the place. ;-)
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