How to Remove Stickers from Glass Bottles?

Glass bottles can be repurposed and used for decoration, storage, among many other things at home. These could be wine bottles, cleaning agents, kitchen ingredients, and so on. They come with labels and stickers, which truth be told, are not always easy to get rid of. There are tons of tricks you can use to remove stickers from glass bottles: however, not every trick will work.

Why not a simple water trick?

The simple water trick is one of the unsuccessful ways of removing stickers from glass bottles. No matter how long you soak the bottle in water, you will only end up with bits of paper. The worst of it is that glue will be smeared all over, especially if you use hot water. Water will only make the paper lose, but will not remove or weaken the adhesive. If you do not want to end up with messy results, this is a trick you would rather not use.

Steps and tricks to remove stickers from Bottles

There are several tricks that are effective in the removal of stickers. Here are the ways, materials and steps you can remove labels from glass bottles.

1. Using washing soda

White vinegar

This method effectively removes stickers from objects that are safe to submerge in water: glass is one of them.

– Fill a basin or the sink with warm water then add half a cup of washing soda.

– Stir the mixture so that water and washing soda mix evenly then submerge the bottle with the sticker and let it stay for 30 minutes.

– After 30 minutes of soaking, you will be impressed by how easy removing the label will be. It will just slide off.

2. Alcohol


Alcohol-based products, too, do a commendable job or removing labels from surfaces. Nail polish remover, vodka, and rubbing alcohol can be used in this case. Alcohol works by dissolving the adhesive.

– Soak a paper towel in alcohol-based liquid.

– Wrap the paper towel around the bottle surface where there is a label.

– Let it sit for about 30 minutes to give it enough time to dissolve.

Wipe away the sticker and adhesive

3. Coconut oil and baking soda mixture

Coconut oil and baking soda mixture

Coconut oil and baking soda mixture can help you remove stubborn stickers effortlessly. The coconut oil breaks the adhesive bond, while the baking soda will scrub away the glue.

– Mix adequate coconut oil and baking soda to create a paste.

– Apply the paste across the sticker on the glass bottle, and let it sit for one hour.

– The oil will loosen the paper making it easy to remove using a brush or a sponge to scrub away the remaining mess.

4. White vinegar

White vinegar

White vinegar is a fantastic solution to almost everything, and especially things to do with glass surfaces. Here is how you can remove glass bottles using white vinegar.

– Soak a microfiber cloth in white vinegar.

– Place the cloth on the area that has the sticker or wrap it around it.

– Let it sit in for about 30 minutes.

– Remove the label after 30 minutes, as it would have loosened, making it easy to slide it off.

5. Pencil eraser

Pencil eraser

You will be surprised by the number of items readily available in your home that can be used to remove stubborn stickers. A pencil eraser is one of them.

– First, peel off the paper part of the sticker and remain with the adhesive on the glass surface.

– Rub off the remaining glue using the rubber pencil eraser. The rubber gets hold of the adhesive, removing it from the surface. This will do the chunk of the job of scraping off the eraser.

6. Hairdryer


Yes, you can use a hairdryer to remove stickers from glass bottles. This is one of the easiest ways you can remove the most stubborn labels on glass surfaces. The heat from the dryer loosens the adhesive and paper, making it easy to peel it off. Here is what you need to do.

– Turn the dryer on, and hold it close to the sticker you want to remove.

– Maintain the position for about 30 seconds. By then, the adhesive will have loosened, and it will just peel off, leaving a minimal mess behind. Sometimes, the sticker can get more stubborn and may require more time of exposure to heat. If you are dealing with such labels, hold the dryer close to them for an extra 30 seconds.


Removal of stickers from glass bottles shouldn’t be a headache. There are several available materials in your home that you can use to clear bottles you plan to reuse. The six tricks above will take you minimal energy and will give you neat results.