Easily remove sticky label goo

I wanted to make some jam today but the jars I wanted to use had horrible sticky label goo left on them. Don’t you just hate the sticky mess left by labels? I’ve never had any luck removing label goo easily or quickly (I always get there in the end but it can take a while!) until I read Simple Greenish Living. Who would have guessed use good old peanut butter!?! Simple Greenish Living put the peanut butter on and left it overnight then removed the goo with a toothbrush, but I wanted the jars immediately and I didn’t have an old toothbrush lying around so I improvised.
Here’s what I did:
I put a thin layer of peanut butter all over the sticky label. Tip: only use a thin layer of peanut butter as a thick layer just gets extra messy and doesn’t get the goo off any quicker.
I used steel wool and scrubbed the label off.
I used super hot water to get rid of the peanut butter and clean the jar. Now I have lovely crystal clear jars.
The peanut butter and steel wool combo works a treat. I’ve tried pretty much everything else with steel wool but nothing has worked as well as this! Peanut butter and steel wool makes label removing SO much easier and so quick!
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6 thoughts on “Easily remove sticky label goo

  1. November 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Peanut butter also works wonders on chewing gum that has somehow made its way into childrens’ hair…. Much less stressful than a pair of scissors!

  2. November 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I know! I can remember having to cut some out of my hair as a kid! Wish we’d used peanut butter then!

  3. November 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Hi – Thanks for a terrific tip! I’ll add it to my ever-growing list of Useful Stuff!

  4. November 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I just use tea tree oil, a little bit on a cloth and rub it off

  5. November 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Ooh, thanks for that – I struggle getting labels off wine bottles before turning them into cheeseboards in the kiln! I will try today!

  6. December 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Good to know! I would never have thought of this myself. Thanks for sharing.