A Simple Trick to Remove Sticky Gunk from Jars

There are so many uses for jars. I actually buy food and beverages for the jars or bottles that they come packaged in. Like, I'll buy a glass bottle of apple juice instead of a plastic one just so that I can have the glass bottle. And wine bottles? Forget it! You can never have too many. Don't even get me started on Mason jars and good old spaghetti sauce jars. I could buy olives in a can, but I buy them in a jar...you get the picture.

Photo of glass canning jars by YinYang/istockphoto.com.

Jars are the best for food storage, and for DIY projects, but there is this one problem: how to remove the labels. Getting off every last bit of paper, plus the sticky gunk that adheres them to those precious jars is quite the challenge.

But fear not! We've got a simple, cheap, and natural solution for you.

Blogger Beverly, from The Make Your Own Zone, posted her recipe for homemade sticker goo remover on Hometalk, and boy is it green and easy! 

To make homemade sticker gunk remover:

  • Mix one part vegetable oil (any inexpensive cooking oil will do; no need to waste the good extra virgin olive oil on cleaning) and two parts baking soda.
  • Dip a rag in the oil and baking soda mixture, and rub onto the sticker goo.
  • Scrub a bit. It might take a couple applications, but Beverly claims that she doesn't have to use any more elbow grease as when she applies Goo Gone, the favorite gunk remover of handymen and mechanics.

Thanks, Beverly!

Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.

Updated March 20, 2018.

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