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Actually condensation is the trick - get them cold & warm back up, that allows the moisture to form behind the label & break up the glue to easily pull them off. Soaking them tends to destroy the label but not break down the glue, though you could try steaming them or that goof be gone
i have lots ,and have them soaking in Dawn and hot water <3 we will see....and Thank You So Much ,Judy
Goo gone works great, however there is a recent post on HT on getting labels off..seems the trick is mainly some sort of oil, or alcohol. the post is worth reading .Please ,do post a picture of the blue bottle border, or you could make a bottle tree. Blue bottles are gorgeous either way!
As someone who brews their own beer, I can say first hand that the best way to get paper labels off bottles is water (at any temperature) with a nice dose of "OxyClean".
Just toss them in a tub and forget them for a while. All the paper slides off with no gooey stuff left behind. This does not work very well with plastic labeling though.
@Judy Wickens I usually just soak them in hot sudsy water, for stubborn glue a little mayonaise will take it off.
Soak in hot water with liquid detergent. Use alcohol and old bathcloth to remove all glue
Spray with Goof Off. Let it sit for a few seconds and the label will come right off!
I work with wine bottles all the time and just soak in hot sudsy water for about 30 minutes and they come right off.
WD40 will get off any sticky residue!!
Soak in hot soapy water, leave over nite, labels will peel right off any adhesive left on bottle use an SoS pad, to temove. Will not scratch glass. I use this on any bottles
Goo-Gone works like magic. Pick up in the hardware store or even in the grocery store. It has lots of uses.
Goo gone is what i use